The introduction of high visibility in most hunting clothing has been one of the greatest cultural achievements of recent years. And I say this with immense satisfaction, since it has been a battle personally led by the writer with all the means he had at his disposal.
On the other hand, there was no reason in earth why in walked-up hunts - first and foremost with dogs – and in the more intrinsically dangerous ones – such as wild boar hunting with hounds – participants shouldn't be as visible as possible!
At first, in a traditional world like the hunting one, resistance was immense and there were even those who called us fanatics. Now, everyone – or almost everyone – has understood this, so much so that there is no manufacturer that does not have in its catalog various collections featuring garments with inserts strategically designed to make the wearer visible in all conditions.
The advantages has been immediately immense, as much as threefold: 1) on the one hand, the security for those who wear them of not being ever mistaken for something else or not being seen in the bush; 2) on the other hand, the safety of the shooter who can't even accidentally aim a shot at a fellow hunter; 3) lastly, the fact of having transformed modern hunters also in civilian life – at the bar, going shopping, everywhere – into a sportsman characterized by their own look, technical as well as exotic, quite different from that sort of "bandits" as in the past!
Video: Crispi Summit GTX boots
Crispi, always attentive to quality and innovation, was the very first company to introduce high visibility in hunting boots. Not as a fad for those in search of a "total look", but as a technical factor of paramount importance in certain contexts and scenarios. Therefore, it proposes entire series of models capable of matching hi-vis jackets and pants, sweaters and caps.
It must be said, however, that if high visibility is a must in certain contexts (now, even by law!), in others it can be from unnecessary to a disvalue – and I'm thinking of hunting from a stand; not to mention that – not without reason – some people like their shoes to be as traditional as possible.
And it is precisely in order to meet these needs that, alongside best sellers such as the Vadres and Lapponia, Ascent and Track, Crispi wanted to maintain the production of models that, without giving up anything in terms of innovation and performance, were also capable of preserving the taste for tradition.
The Summit GTX is one of the most perfect examples of this.
Summit GTX: three words to describe it – or rather four
- Traditional: if there's one boot that evokes tradition in every way, it's the Summit! From the shape to the colors, passing through the overall construction. In fact, it comes in a beautiful full brown, intersected by tones on tones, broken up by the black of rubber, soles, laces and small details.
- Lightweight: 21 oz(600 grams and a little more (depending on the size) in terms of weight, with the perfect mix of fabric (Cordura), leather (suede) and rubber to ensure perfect wearability during hunts with a lot of movement, starting from the warmer seasons. Not only that: with the right socks, these boots are great until late autumn and mid-winter.
- Technological: from the Vibram outsole, up to the Goretetex lining, ending with the new wide last and the anti-torsion construction, nothing is missing in terms of top materials and innovation to guarantee maximum comfort and performance.
- Sturdy: I don't know how they managed it, but the Summit GTX is also a boot of absolute sturdiness, a sensation that it transmits from the first time you take it in your hands to the first wearing. That's certainly also thanks to the rubber reinforcements with triple stitching, but it is the entire construction that has something magical and difficult to replicate in a boot so light to hold and wear.
Summit GTX: for whom it is intended
The Summit GTX proves to be the perfect boot for hunters who go for miles and miles on the plains, as well as in the hills and mountains. Especially in rocky environments. It is also excellent for those who practice stand hunting, such as wood pigeon and thrush hunting, at least until the middle of November.
Very suited to every kind of hunt with dogs, in woodcock hunting in the woods it finds an ideal environment, doing very well in every condition, especially if you are a strong walker.
We tried it when quail hunting at the end of the summer and in training sessions for pheasants and partridges hunting in the autumn, and found it to be very good.
On the other hand, we do not recommend it for winter wild boar hunts or – given their low design – for hunting in marshy areas crossed by streams and brooks.
It goes without saying that traditional hunters will make these boots their inseparable companions also for any other kind of excursion in nature, from trekking up to asparagus and mushrooms search, appreciating their lightness, safety, performance and innate, sober elegance.
For more information on the Summit GTX boots please visit the Crispi website.