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blackdog
2005-10-29, 10:58
Mukluk boots would be nice here in the north of Sweden. Does anyone know where to find a good pattern online?

Sgathak
2005-10-29, 14:54
traditional or modern mukluks?

blackdog
2005-10-29, 16:18
If i get a hold on both variations i get a better understanding of the function. With a deeper understanding i can synthesize my own variation. But anything good will do. I will have to modify it anyway... :)

Sgathak
2005-10-29, 17:01
I have a book with illustrated instructions on how to sew traditional Inuit Mukluks, as well as footwear from other Alaskan and Canadian subarctic tribes. I might be able to scan some images and send them to you.... Also take a look at modern mukluk designs.

USAF Mukluk (My current mukluks, I cant find a decent pic online . No idea why... maybe youll have better luck?)
Steiger Mukluk (stylistically, I like these best ... I just wish the Yukon came in White! http://www.mukluks.com/index.shtml)
Wiggy Mukluk (I wouldnt piss on this guy to put out a fire, let alone buy one of this products, but the design is something to compair and contrast with http://www.wiggys.com/moreinfo.cfm/83)
Cabelas.com has a mukluk. Probably not very functional, but you might get some ideas looking at it. Do a search on their webpage, Id post a link but its LONG. Cabeals also has the BEST insulation Ive ever used in my Mukluks. Check out the Saskatchewan Replacement Liner for the Trans Alaska III packboot. Because a mukluk has far less sole on the bottom than a packboot, you might consider sticking 1-2 extra wool felt insoles for extra warmth. Steiger sells the best insoles in my opinion.

blackdog
2005-10-30, 07:02
Nunatak (http://www.nunatakusa.com) has short, semi and long lightweight neo-mukluks. Are they for camp use only or are they tougher than that?

Looking at the USAF ones, the lacing idea is something to steal to start with. It'll make the design a bit harder to figure out, but i hate when the boot slips off too easily.

Wool inside makes sense (good compression characteristics) and is quite easy to fix. But the rubber sole seems to be a tough nut to crack.

Sgathak
2005-10-30, 15:08
The Nunatak Muks look nice... but I would have a hard time trusting them for anything more than camp wear. I dont think they arnt durable enough, Id just be worried about that down losing its loft during hard work. I like replaceable liners. You could probably get away with a down bootie as an in-camp liner.

As for the Rubber sole... BECAUSE your on snow, a generally non-abraisive surface, you might get some really suprising durability out of ballistic nylon, toughtek, or hypalon if your wanting to have a really durable sole.

If you look at the construction of the Nunatak booties, it looks like they are made on a variation of the "center seam" moccasin design. The center seam has a really nice benefit in wet conditions in that it is only 2 seams. 1 up the toe, 1 up the heel.

I found this pic of the Canadian mukluk, it might be easier to sew up the lcaing system than the USAF version. http://image.sportsmansguide.com/dimage/91535_ts.JPG?cell=320,320&cvt=jpeg

Sgathak
2005-11-03, 16:01
anything new Blackdog? Im really interested in anything you cook up.

Lanthar
2005-11-03, 23:22
At one point, the Boy Scouts of America Fieldbook had a pattern to make mukluks in it...

Apparently someone patented something about it (http://www.google.com/search?q=boy+scout+fieldbook+mukluk&sourceid=mozilla-search&start=0&start=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official)...

blackdog
2005-11-05, 17:55
The current (yet unsewn) design is basically an outer layer garment for feet (which is a too fancy definition for an outer sock, really) with a short lacing at the ankle and a elastic strap below the knee. Inside it there will be a combination of materials. A few ideas for those inner layers need to be tested as soon as winter weather returns. The weather is really strange right now.

Btw, i'm doing two pairs of mukluk, the other pair being for my daughter. ...and yes, there will be differences both in model and materials, if you wonder... ;)

Some use their sandals as soles in winter. I might try something like that later, but definitely not now.

Woebegone
2007-10-08, 15:52
The original Inuit mukluk was a simple circle of hide, usually bearskin, folded around the foot, fur in, and laced around the leg with leather thongs. No sewing was involved. These were undoubtedly warm, but offered little traction their own. Laced into a snowshoe, however, they worked well in the Arctic for tens of thousands of years.

I'm guessing this is NOT what you're looking for!

I've had excellent results combining a down bootie, Nunatak make great ones, inside a Gore-Tex overboot, such as sold by Outdoor Research.

Woe