The Red Wing Iron Ranger line of boots is the most popular line of boots that the company produces, at least in the United States. While other geographically diverse places on experience similar climates to North America, there is no doubt that long, cold, snowy, icy winter of the "north" is treacherous.
The perils of a long, hard winter aren't limited just to whatever part of your body has the misfortune of being exposed to the elements whenever you venture out, those ever popular Iron Rangers turn into ice skates on the packed down snow and ice, making walking a fun and challenging adventure.
Fortunately, the latest edition of the boot features a new twist: a Vibram 430 Mini-lug outsole. Finally, the opportunity to wear your Iron Rangers in winter with a bit more even playing field against the elements. Before this, you could always get a Vibram outsole, but it was going to cost you extra and you would need to send the boot away to a cobbler.
The Oxblood Mesa leather is the softest leather I've ever worn on a pair of Iron Rangers. I can only compare the immediate comfort of this boot to what I have heard from other about the famous Viberg company. I have never had the good fortune to own or wear a pair of Viberg boots so I am drawing on that comparison only as hearsay from others.
You'll notice that this boot is similar in color and outsole to another famous Red Wing boot, the Red Wing 9011 Beckman Black Cherry. There are similarities for good reason and those similarities are why the Red Wing 8119 Iron Ranger is the most comfortable Ranger I've ever worn. The oil-tanned leather from S.B. Foot Tanning Co. is some of the best, if not the best, boot leather you'll ever experience.
by Daniel Coughlin (@xvanwilderx)