Le Chameau has been making great boots since 1927. They teamed up with Michelin to make their latest pair stand out.
The part about Michelin designing the soles for the Le Chameau boots was definitely what caught my eye about these boots. I think my first reaction was something like, "You mean Michelin? Like Michelin tire?"
It's true. The tire company was building a tread that would stop mud from caking on the tire. That mentality then moved its way to team up with Le Chameau in designing a rubber sole for their footwear.
Of course, there is much more to a boot than its sole, so we wanted to see just what was about these that had people raving.
Condor and Condor Zip LCX Hunting Boot
I was fortunate enough to get my hands, or feet rather, on both the Condor LCX and the Condor Zip LCX hunting boots. When I first tried them on, my initial reaction was that they were extremely comfortable. These boots, in a weird choice of words, fit like a glove.
Le Chameau builds their boots to be ultra-lightweight, waterproof and breathable. I put a lot of miles on my boots every year as I hunt public land in the Adirondack and Appalachian Mountain regions. There hasn't been a boot yet that was waterproof and provides warmth that wasn't bulky. The Le Chameau Condor LCX did exactly that.
The Condor LCX is an all-season boot and is good for temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. I've used this boot for my early season hunting, and regardless of the terrain, it maintains stability and comfortability. The Condor Zip LCX provides a little more warmth, down to -4 degrees fahrenheit, and is more of a winter boot than an all-season boot.
Both the Condor LCX and the Condor Zip LCX required no breaking in. This is probably one of my favorite features of these boots. As someone who usually goes through two pairs of hunting boots a year, I often have to buy my boots in the middle of the summer and hike with them to break them in just in time for hunting season. When these boots arrived, I was very appreciative that they felt like I already broke them.
I just recently retired my boots from last year, which were supposed be waterproof. Those boots--I'll keep the brand disclosed--failed to be truly waterproof. Worse than that, I didn't find out until I was 2 miles off the road in the mountains with light snow on the ground.
The Le Chameau Condor LCX boots not only withstand water, but even after a month's worth of use, they show no sign of wear or tear, which leads me to believe they'll do really well when I need them to.
The Michelin compound in the souls provides superior durability. I had great flexibility, amazing traction and comfort as I made my way up and down the Pennsylvania mountain side.
My grandfather always told me if you can keep your feet warm and dry, you can hunt all day long. As a longtime treestand hunter in the Adirondack Mountains, I hold this statement to be true. But since I began hunting on my own and hiking further off the beaten path, I'd add that you also need to keep your feet comfortable.
Your boots provide the foundation and suspension to your entire body, including your spine. The more support your have at your feet, the better your entire body will with hold the terrain and conditions. Both the Le Chameau Condor LCX and Condor Zip LCX provide all of that in a boot made for more than just getting you out there.