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These boots are rubbish
These boots are rubbish. See the pics below. This was after three days wear in a paddock. You cannot rely on them at all.
Redback Alpine (UACH) - Comfy bush boot
Worn for approx 300hrs so far, felt better around 50hrs, took around 120hrs to break in fully.
These are great over rocks and when your feet are subjected to shock loads like stomping on a split rim wheel during reassembly. Soles are very soft and comfortable for hours at a time, I wear mine for around 12hrs a day most days. However it doesn't feel like there is a shank in the sole so they are not great for shovel work.
The leather was so rough on my feet while breaking in; I eventually had to gaff tape my heels daily to stop blisters. They ...have now conformed to my feet really well. Redback sizing is odd: size 8 in redback = size 9 in blundstone/rossi. All up: great shoe to wear for extended periods, they just need breaking in. Edit: had an eyelet rip out in the first 3 months. Contacted my ebay seller they issued the refund once I sent the boots back. So I bought them again.
Comfortable but Wear out quickly
I’ve had two pairs of redback boots, one steel cap and one without. Both are comfortable and easy to wear all day although I did find the steel cap rubbed a a bit. They look nice and begin a bit “tight” but soften the more you wear them as is to be expected. The biggest flaw I found is that they wear out too quickly. Within 2 months of wearing them 5 days a week the stitching had pulled apart from taking them on and off. I would recommend these boots to anyone looking for a nice comfortable pair of boots however would not recommend these to anyone requiring them for their day to day work such as construction.
Worst boot sole ever
Soles on my Redback boots disintegrate within minutes of each other. The uppers were still in good condition. Thought it may be a one-off situation until while looking for replacements I came across product reviews showing it to be more the rule than the exception. At the time of my writing there were 60 reviews over the past 5 years (31 one star and 19 five stars). The majority of the one star were indicating the same problem of disintegrating soles. My next thought was "is this a recent problem?" The 2nd oldest review (5 years old) indicated the problem is known, long term and ongoing. Numerous complaints seemingly ignored without being addressed. Not good enough! Now back to Blundstones.
Redback. Shame on you
I had a pair of redback boots and I wore them for doing the lawns and a bit of hiking. The soles just fell apart. Disintegrated. I complained to the company and they said the boots would last between 5-8 yrs. I’m never buying this product again. So disappointed. I have cheaper boots that I’ve had for 10 yrs and they are still going strong. Redback = Rubbish
Won’t last if you don’t wear them
Do your homework people. Most leather boots the days have Polyurethane (PU) in the soles. Absorbs shock and increases comfort. Problem with PU is hydrolysis can occur if you dont wear them regularly. Storing your boots for extended periods of time accelerates the process. The majority of reviews here state the soles fell apart when the boots had barely been worn. This is exactly what speeds up the problem. If you’re going to wear them regularly, they should last longer. The issue is addressed on the Redback FAQ and there’s a ton of literature o...nline about hydrolysis from multiple boot manufacturers and wearers. The problem affects pretty well every brand of work boot on the market. Don’t leave them in a dark cupboard for extended periods of time. You will kill them prematurely if you do.
Most comfortable work boot I've had however...
Purchased these work boots, the most comfortable I've ever worn... However, I wear them for an hour in the morning max and to mow the lawn. These didn't even last one winter before a little hole appeared in the sole (picture of said hole now 7 months after).
To say I'm disappointed is an understatement my extremely uncomfortable Kmart ones that I paid $34 lasted forever, these didn't even last a year and not even being worn for a long period of time.
Hi got my redback 5 years dont wear them often just for town, and now soles disintegrated, my hitec vlites 12 years old and use more , much better product
Redback Quality has Nose Dived
Can't believe how Redback boots quality has dropped in recent times. Mine has stitching that disintegrates after just several months use. They are literally falling apart. One I have stitched back using some braid fishing line which is working well. The other is now following suit and ill have to braid that one too.
You can see by the soles in the picture that they are not old worn out boots, which beings me to another issue. The coating on the actual leather wears off in no time making them look years old when they aren't.
No caveat was supplied with the boots
I've had the boots for at least 12 years, with the last 10 of those seeing the boots safely stored away. I put them on recently and went for a bit of a walk. The heels both disintegrated within a few hundred metres. I've just done a web search for the issue and came across the Redback FAQ, where they describe the problem, what causes it and how to prevent it. Essentially, you need to keep using them. My guess is that anyone having "new" boots fall apart probably purchased very old stock from a dodgy seller.
Anyway, my key point is that the pair I had came with no warning about this issue, so I fully blame the manufacturer for failure to disclose a very serious problem with their boots.
Is Redback dead?
Is Redback dead? Has it been sprayed with a can of Mortein filled with the bitter tears of customers Redback has failed?
Look at all the boots that have fallen apart, and those are just the ones people have taken the time to leave a review about here and on Facebook. Tip of the iceberg. Inform the Titanic, ready the lifeboats.
Two big, glossy websites and not a customer service rep in sight.
Take a look at these comments and questions below, not a single answer from Redback.
Look at the people who have emailed Redback and not received ...
I'm very disappointed. My relatively new Everest boots fit so well and the top is in very good condition, but the soles have just disintegrated. Seems a waste of good leather to throw them away, but that's what I will have to do now,
Most comfortable boot I’ve ever worn.
I love these boots so much I went back and bought a second pair. One for work and one for everyday wear. They are a well made boot and super comfortable and supportive.
Another pair of Redback boots falling apart!
Another pair of Redback boots falling apart! Below is the message I submitted about 2 weeks ago to Redback on their website's Contact page:
"I've had this pair of Redback Alpine boots for a few years and used them very sparingly, maybe once every couple of years on easy, short hikes. The soles show very little wear and the boots spend most of their time stored indoors in a cardboard box. Today I wore them on an easy 3km suburban walk, and halfway they literally fell apart; the sole coming off both boots and crumbling! I generally like your boo...ts (I've owned several pairs of Bobcats) and I guess this is an isolated case. I would appreciate your feedback." Unfortunately, no response to the above message was received so far. This product is substandard (see attached photos), and their after-service is non-existant!
Buying my third pair
I am just about to purchase my third pair of Everest lace up boots
These boots are so comfortable that I wear them at least 4 days a week.
My first pair lasted 5 years and have done 1000’s of km including many multi day bush walks.
Being size 12 they are a bit on the heavy side but are reliable and comfortable
These boots are not cheap but when compared to similar imported boots they are a bargain
Questions & Answers
I have a pair of not so old redback boots and the heal on the left boot has disintegrated ,the boot are like new .In ever had this problem before .
I tried contacting you from your website's contact page about 4 weeks ago without getting a response, and then wrote a review here on productreview.com.au about 2 weeks ago, see above. I would appreciate some acknowledgement of the problem, perhaps with an explanation. Is prolonged storage in dark places the problem? How about including an instruction with the boots on how to use them to minimize this problem?
Hi Andrew, I kept my boots stored under the bed in the dark. I did buy another pair because they are a great fit for my wide feet, relatively good value for money and am wearing them daily for my long walks in Covid times. They are great support walking on the beach. So far no problems so as they say on this forum frequent use is the key.
Hi Redback. Has the disintegrating sole issue been resolved?
I never had that problem with the sole despite it being used in water areas. My pair are 2015,
I have a detailed post here that explain why they fall apart and can I clear that many boots are made the same not just Redback, look at Blundstone for example.
So basically you can prevent it very easily: wear them, don’t store in dark places for ages, this is going to be my 5th pair I love them and the 4th pair did fall apart because I hardly wore them being sick for many months.
You can buy other boots with different sole, they will be hard and Tuff and more suitable for worksite. Redback sole are beautiful and soft, it is the only shoe/boot I wear. Once worn out I just go and get another pair. Take care Matty.
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