Fearless Photographer

Fearless Photographer

R. J. Kern is both a fearless photographer as well as a new fan of Xtratuf boots. R.J. has an annual tradition to “trash the dress” which amounts to taking a bride and her wedding dress someplace that has never typically seen either, and taking some amazing photographs. You can see more about this years trash the dress in an Alaskan Gold Mine! Here is what R.J. had to say about his experience with Xtratuf Boots: The Boots…and why he used them! About once a year I embark on a special personal project I like to call “Trash the Dress.” It’s not about destruction, but creation. No disrespect towards irreverence to the wedding dress… but honestly, a bride will never wear her dress, nor will her daughter. So why not make it special when she does:) Go big, or go home. We went BIG. A dear friend of mine and stunning wildlife photographer, Brendan Smith, came along to help with gear logistics. He recommended a pair of Xtratufs, so bought a pair while on Kodiak Island since we’d be getting dirty and wet. Never thought I’d be wading through cold mountain streams with all my lighting gear on me. I felt comfy, warm, and secure in knowing I wasn’t going to easily slip in the rocks. Stacy reminds me the importance of living life to the fullest. Faced a rare disease, she’s battled death more times than many can would care to dream a nightmare of. Celebrating life, we decided to a no-holes barred experience in her native Alaska environment full of gold mines. She’s a gold mine herself… filled with enthusiasm, bravery, and big smiles. Heart of gold, in flesh. I wore the boots up as we headed up to Hatcher Pass to begin our bridal portrait session. I knew I had the right boots for the job. showcasing her beauty like she’s never seen before. One of the talents of a good wedding photographer is to pull out the inner-most beauty (despite vulnerabilities), and not only make their clients look beautiful… but FEEL beautiful. But I also have to feel comfy, and cold and damp in June in Alaska is an easy thing to come by. One of my favorite parts of this shoot was any number of these images could have been taken 50 years ago. And I’d like to think in 50 years these images...

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Tuf Girls Calendar

Tuf Girls Calendar

During some research on Xtratuf Boots I came across a website in the early stages of creating an Xtratuf Calendar. The website is called www.tufgirls.com. Tuf Girls is working on building a calendar that will feature real honest to goodness working girls (not just girls paid to pretend to work) wearing Xtratuf boots. I love this idea not only because of my love for the boots, the fact they are using real working people, but also the fact they are also based out of Bellingham Washington, my old stomping grounds! The calendar release date is not yet scheduled, but we will certainly keep you informed as soon as they are ready to release the Tuf Girls Calendar! Here are a few preview photos that could end up in the calendar (click on picture to...

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How much do Xtratuf Boots Weigh?

How much do Xtratuf Boots Weigh?

Xtratuf boots range in weight from three pounds (1.36kg) up to five pounds (2.27 kg). Getting the right pair of boots is just as much about comfort as it is about the weight. Xtratuf is the best combination of both light weight and amazingly comfortable.

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How to Repair Xtratuf Neoprene Boots?

How to Repair Xtratuf Neoprene Boots?

Patching your Xtratuf boots once they get a hole in them is easy one, two, three or four. We offer four easy, and sometimes entertaining ways to repair your boots.

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Xtratuf Boots Conversion Chart | Men’s Sizes to Women’s Sizes

Xtratuf Boots Conversion Chart | Men’s Sizes to Women’s Sizes

Looking for that perfect pair of work boots when you are a women looking in men’s sizes can be very tough. Here we offer a conversion chart to take female shoe sizes and convert them to male shoe sizes.

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XtraTuf Boots for Women

XtraTuf Boots for Women

Woman do a lot of the hard work and the heavy lifting in every industry, be it farming, fishing or construction. We are long past the days when these are considered men’s work, and while the bulk of these jobs still go to men, women in the work force are there and growing and as such are in dire need of the proper footwear to keep their feet supported, protected, warm and dry in the harshest of circumstances, just like their male counterparts.

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Hiking In XtraTufs

Hiking In XtraTufs

When hiking in Xtratuf boots, you can encounter several types of terrain, all in one day. On one hike, you can start out on a sandy beach in the morning and it soon can turn into boulder scrambling. Next you find a stream that is twenty yards wide, but shallow enough to wade across without getting your feet wet if you have the right boots. Wearing XtraTufs can mean the difference between the water came to the top of your boots, or going inside of your boots. After the stream crossing, you may find yourself walking through a soft and squishy bog meadow with stunted pine trees and small pools of black water. With any other boots you probably would have worried about the bog sucking the boots off your feet. But, XtraTufs are like a second flexible layer of skin, gloves for your feet, so you still have dry feet as I move you move on up into the timber where the terrain gets steeper. Another good reason for wearing XtraTufs is that when you find yourself in steep terrain, your feet don’t slide around and give you blisters. It is important to get the right fit, but when you do, you are ready for whatever terrain you might come across that day… I wear my Xtratuf boots hiking when its hot, when its cold, and my feet are always comfortable and dry. The thing I really like about my boots is that they are flexible and don’t rub on your ankles or calves like some rigid cheaper boots. If your feet get hot, you can roll them down and make them ankle high or keep them up and stay very comfortable in them. They also are great on wet slippery surfaces, the soles ensure that they don’t slip easily. I get excellent traction from them and they durability is great. If you want to look and dress like a real Alaskan and know how to fit in, then you got to get yourself a pair of Xtratufs! It’s the only boot to...

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How To Dress Like An Alaskan

How To Dress Like An Alaskan

Dressing like an Alaskan is not an easy thing to do, as I learned when I went to college in Alaska, as a transfer from Bend, Oregon, from a dry climate to a wet climate. Before I made the trip I bought some standard rubber boots since I knew it would be wet. A few days of walking the streets and trails of Alaska told me that I had the wrong boots. Not only were the boots clunky and making the back of my heels sore, but everyone was looking at my boots when I passed by. They knew I was from out of town by my boots. So, I started looking at what they were wearing and noticed they all wore the same boots, a kind of tight, flexible boot that was quiet when they walked. I thought it was strange that everyone wore the same boots, but decided to find out what they were. I decided to ask the next person I met on the sidewalk what they were called. “The boots? Sitka slippers.” “Excuse me?” “They’re XtraTuf Boots, but we call ‘em Alaskan Slippers. You need to get yourself some if you want to live here.” So, I did. Xtratuf Boots are also known as Alaskan Sneakers, Alaskan Tennis Shoes, and Alaskan Slippers! As soon as I put them on, I felt like part of the gang. I rubbed a little dirt on them so they didn’t look so shiny. Walking down the street I noticed that no one was looking at my boots. I was not an “outsider” any longer. I was now learning how to dress like an Alaskan, boot-wise, anyway…almost like the crew on the Deadliest Catch! If you come to Alaska and plan to spend any length of time at all, you want to learn how to dress in a manner that does not make you look like a tourist. We welcome tourists here, but we also know they are from another country and won’t be staying long. We treat tourists in a friendly manner, but we don’t share our secrets like, where to catch the good fish, and where the best beaches are. If you want to know those things, you have to show me you plan on staying awhile. To do that you need to start with your boots. If I see you in XtraTufs, then I know you plan...

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Steel Toe Work Boots

Steel Toe Work Boots

Find your perfect pair of Xtratuf Steel Toe Work Boots

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Steel Toe Rubber Boots

Steel Toe Rubber Boots

Steel toed rubber boots are not easy to find, but when you do they should last a lifetime! Checkout Xtratufs line of rubber boots, and see if the steel toed version is right for you!

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