James,my friend,come to my village and I'll take you across to Swakopmund to a little place called 'Leather Creations'.There,you can choose yourself a pair of genuine kudu-skin 'vellies' and you'll not want for anything else ever again..!
Well, my first test of Courteney were Selous sourced through the Australian distributor. I then asked for a set of Patrol in dark brown
The Selous came from his stock and are well made and heavy but were a firm fit.
I ordered the Patrol as I originally wanted the higher boot and ankle support. They’re are a loose fit both sized at 9.5 English.
I use an inner sole in both for arch support something the Courteney lack.
I do think they are well built and a tough leather boot, I hope they go the distance as when I do a African Safari in 7 weeks I’m travelling light so going in the boots I’m wearing when I travel for 10 days .
The Patrol seem to be a softer thinner leather , surprised me. Selous are the flagship model but I’d have thought they would be the softer leather for the everyday wear and the Patrol would be a thicker tougher leather.
Both work and both have a tractor sole. I would not buy that sole for everyday wear. They collect to many rocks etc and Courteney offer 2 other options.
I hope these will last a long time with regular use walking and hunting in the Australian bush. They should!
My recommendation is to try them before you buy them. See if your distributor will accept returns if they are mail order.
not happy are Cape Buffalo with Kudu trim so I’m not sure why one is stiffer. Presumably the leathers are sourced the same and readily available to them.
Either way I’m looking forward to wearing a set to Africa for a cull hunt.
I was measured for a pair of Russell’s at DSC. when they arrived they were so small I could not even get my foot into them. I then bought a pair of Courteney Selous boots. They were beautiful, well made and seemed to fit perfectly. Unfortunately, when getting in shape for my safari I found that they rubbed my lateral malleolus ( the bone on the outside of the ankle) so badly I could not walk in them at all. I tried various pads but after a mile or two I was in agony. So I put them away.
I finally went to REI and bought a pair of Lowa boots that fit me.
They were perfect. I walked five miles a day for several months without any issues. Upon return from my safari I bought a second pair to save in case they ever stop making them!
Hi Bob, how's things going in Wyong?. Down your way a couple of years back but haven't been in NSW since Ebor for the fishing. just getting over some nasty storms up here in Qld, seeing the sun for the first time in a few days. I'm going to NZ in the spring and hope to clean up a few buns while there and perhaps shake the spiders out of my old .303LE (currently owned by my BIL). Cheers Brian