As is often the case in boot designs and the evolution of designs...specific-for-applications...Russell's customers often suggest twists, changes, additions, deletions...or even totally new configurations of boots and shoes. Cam Smith, from Mississippi, is an old-time customer who has had several unique Russell boots made to fit his physical size and hunting terrain.
Cam is a little guy... a former Mississippi State footbal player...(nearly 7' tall and in a thinned-down tone of only about 300 lbs.). He asked for something special. So, Russell introduces a new variation on our High Country Hunter, the undisputed most popular elk hunting boot in North America...called the “Wapiti Rambler.”
As described, Cam is a big fellow. Cam hunts elk in the Black Range Mountain in the Southwest U.S and the Rocky Mountains. The Black Range is normally a hot, dry area. He speced a shorter, lighter weight boot...7-inches high, constructed in a triple vamp configuration for support and waterproofness from waterproof Weathered Oak Leather and lined with waterproof Aquatan leather, with a 1-1/2” padded collar (to keep gravel and stones out of his boots), heel counters for side to side support and Poron slipsole inserts for added comfort. Cam, who is obviously a BIG MAN and a STRONG MAN, wanted to equip his new boots with a tough, durable Vibram Kletterlift sole with Turkey Hunter Wedge lift to give him the support he needs while hunting the hot, dry, rocky and sometimes steep Southwest U.S. where he chases big bugling bull elk every year. We also equipped Cam’s new “Wapiti Rambler’s” with non-glare antique bass eyelets and studs to help defeat the Wapiti’s keen eyesight when Cam might be sitting on a sidehill calling for amorous bulls in the early morning light. Even in “Cam-size”, the Wapiti Rambler is lighter-in-weight-per-performance-features than nearly every serious mountain hunting boot on the market.
Thanks, Cam! Without customer inputs like Cam has suggested, Russell would not be able to manufacture the types of high performance products it does today!
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