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By: P. Kelly

Hunts.


I have purchased bird dog and hunting supplies from GDS over the past twenty years. Previously, I bought from Dunn's Supply. Great products and support from GDS. On to the Lewis Boots. They are made in Enid, OK, just 50 miles from where I live. I have used the Lewis and other boots for the past 40- 50 years. Lewis boots are the best I have ever used. They are tough and there are few thorns that will penetrate them. I have tried many types of boots. The cordura boots are pretty easy to install. The one knock on them is that they wear out quickly (dependent on terrain), and the dogs will lose a boot even if you tape them. Also the cordura is more likely to allow thorn penetration than the Lewis boots, which are made of tire grade rubber. For me, the Lewis boots have held up from Western Oklahoma, Montana, Arizona and several other places. Equally important is to properly size and install the boot. I found the Lewis sizing guide to be very reliable. It is important to keep the dogs nails reasonably trimmed. A Dremel tool with a sanding drum is a great way to do this. Over the years I have tried many installation methods. One common problem has been in applying the base coat of tape on the dog's skin/hair. I have used many different types of tape, both surgical and athletic. When you remove the boot after a day's hunt, the tape is pretty dirty and finding the tape's end can be a challenge. The tape can be a real hassle to remove. The dog does not enjoy loosing hair and hide any more than I do removing it. There is an alternative provided by Steve Snell that uses duct tape. There is a short instruction tape on the Lewis boot page you should watch. I had not thought of applying the base layer of tape like Steve does. I have used his method several times, and it is perfect. No lost boots and the best protection available. Plus removing the boots is not painful and is a very easy and fast process. I use a bandage scissor a surgeon friend suggested that makes tape removal a breeze and is less susceptible to skin puncture. This scissor has a 'safety tip'. Well, enough of my rambling. Good luck and good hunting.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 16804
Reviewed: 2014-12-19

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