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    Hey There!
    I got a pair of zamberlains last season for my elk hunt. They are awesome boots and really well built. The only complaint I have is that they rub on my inside right heel and this caused a blister on my last hunt. I am trying to better break them in for this season. I read online to get them wet inside and then do some hiking and this may help to break them in a bit. They feel great on my feet and are the right size,etc. My left one feels good. I have around 50 miles on them so far. Thoughts?
    "Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it" -Norman Maclean
    "Segments of tightly stacked topo lines are the 'Stairway to Elk Heaven'"- Randy Newberg

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    Don't bother getting them wet...good way to destroy your feet. Wear them more often and progressively longer to break them in

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    That method I used to break in my boots for wild fire season. I wouldn't do that for a hunting boot though. Like mentioned above wear them. Also if your up to it wear them on a treadmill at max incline, or find some hills to climb. Walking on flat ground vs walking up hills in your boots will show you quick where you rub. In my experience anyway.

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    Thanks guys! I have worn them hiking quite a bit and they only seem to rub on the one foot which has me a little concerned. As mentioned above I do have around 50 miles in them which i Know for a boot like that is just getting started but its not like I have only wore them around my living room for 30 mins either. I did try the water method (damp, not totally soaked) and hiked 2 miles last night with 55 pounds. It felt a TON better when I was done so maybe I am on to something. I think I need to keep plugging away and they will take shape.
    "Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it" -Norman Maclean
    "Segments of tightly stacked topo lines are the 'Stairway to Elk Heaven'"- Randy Newberg

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    What's your sock situation like? I'd give a thin poly liner sock under a med weight wool sock a try. Slap some duct tape over that hotspot before you take off on a hike for a time or two. Then try it without to see if it's broken in better. Another thing I've found is that footbeds can change the "volume" of the boot and that can cause the heels to lock in better to prevent blisters. I prefer the footbeds from Lathrop and Sons.

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    Guys thanks a ton for the input. I will keep trying and I do feel like I'm making slow progress.
    "Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it" -Norman Maclean
    "Segments of tightly stacked topo lines are the 'Stairway to Elk Heaven'"- Randy Newberg

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