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Stealth Trackers
The Ultimate Moccasins
for Tracking, Stalking
Tactical, Earthing,
or Traditional Bowhunting
"The Stealth Tracker"

Like the Moccasins worn by Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro in the Movie,
"The Hunted"

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For more information contact:

SodHoppers
3071 NE McDonald Ln
McMinnville, OR 97128

503-435-0606


E-mail:

paul@sodhoppers.com

 

 

Soles

 

    Sole Considerations: Choosing a sole is as individual a decision as one's needs. If you want a thin sole that works best for a moccasin choose one of the new soles. Vibram Scooter Sole has the Morflex Micro-Cellular Rubber Compound, making this sole longer wearing and more flexible than conventional Cushioned Soles. A great sole if you are looking for Great Cushion and flexibility, but will wear faster than the other sole options. The Vibram Izalco Sole is another great thinner moccasin sole offering great flexibility and a slight tread pattern for added traction. If your main concern is deep traction and long wear, the Vibram Mini-Lug is the best. If you want a thick and stiff sole, with good cushion, pick the Birkenstock, recommended only for those who are familiar with and love Birkenstock Soles. The Vibram Sport Sole is a good all around sole offering good wear, cushion and flexibility, and it comes in sheets and can accommodate oversized sole patterns. The Goop Sole, as used on the Stealth Trackers, is the favorite of those who are looking for something more traditional in look. It also allows one to maintain their own soles by reapplying the mixture as needed. It is also the quietest and desired by those who, such as Trackers and Bow Hunters, want to walk softly and quietly through the woods etc. It doesn't have as much cushion as the other's. I tell people it's the perfect sole for those who wish they could walk around barefoot with just a little cushion. It gives one the ability to feel the ground without injury. It is a normal occurrence for the Goop sole to become detached along the arch and instep seams, especially new moccasins. Wait till the moccasins are completely broken in and the detaching process has taken place along most of the outside seam area, then it can be trimmed with a pair of scissors, and
    re-Gooped along these areas. The reason to do this is because they will allow moisture in along this exposed seam, and dirt can get trapped there which will wear away the threads that hold the seams together.  Periodic patching with Goop is required to maintain the soles.

      I don't recommended arches or cushioning for Goop or Double Leather soles - these options don't function well with these soles because they need a more solid base, and these soles are designed to wrap around the foot rather than lie flat to the ground. For more information on the Sole In A Jar, go to the Goop page. I also offer the Earthing Style - Double Leather Sole - with no rubber insulating materials, using the suede side of the leather for those who want to better contact the Earth, and enjoy the healing properties of the foots natural sensory response and reflexology.

    • Moccasins are soft and tend to give with the foot rather than conform the foot to a molded shape like stiffer boots do. Moccasins don't have a heel counter, which holds the heel in place. Without this some find that their heel is traveling over the heel area of their moccasins. Having a heel can accentuate this potential problem, as it will some heavy individuals. I have found that the Insoles I make out of Wool Felt are far superior to that of the Sheep Shearing which was used when these moccasins were first developed. Initially the shearing feels great, but it wears quickly on all pressure points so that in a short time you have virtually no cushion value in them. The shearing also is harder to keep clean, and traps dirt particles easily. The Wool Felt offers easier break-in, and far greater life and cushion. It also allows for the addition of optional Arch Supports and/or Orthotic Cushioning. Arch Supports are a matter of personal preference. These are custom designed according to your tracings. A rubber arch cookie is sandwiched between a piece of leather and wool felt. If you always wear shoes with arches and like them, you may like them in these moccasins as well. If your feet tend to fall in, the arch would definitely help. If you wear on the outside of you feet, arches may just accentuate this even more. If you are flat footed or don't think arches are advantageous, forget them. Others with flat feat swear by them. Orthotic Cushioning is great if you have tender feet or are in need of extra padding, or to help relieve sore feet.
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1. VIBRAM SCOOTER:
Morflex 1/4" Cushioned Sole,
great flexibility. Best Cushion. 
$15 

2. VIBRAM IZALCO: Good tread on thin rubber for good traction, good wear, and good flexibility. 7/32"
Good Compromise between
Flex & Wear.  $20

3. VIBRAM Mini-LUG:
Good tread. Rubber 5/16",
Longest Wear, good flex.
$15 

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4. BIRKENSTOCK:
Good tread, 5/16" thick.Slightly Stiff, good wear. If you love the thick stiffness of the Birkenstock, you'll love this as well.  $15 

5. VIBRAM SPORT
Oil Resisting Gumlite
Great tread and grip,
1/4” thick, good wear,
cushion and flexibility.
$15 

6. GOOP SOLE:
Tire shavings (reappliable).Thin, Best natural moccasin feel. Very flexible.
$50

 

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1/4"WOOL FELT INSOLE:
Standard, comes with your moccasins. Arch supports $10 extra, shaped rubber glued between layer of leather and 1/4" wool felt. Orthotic Cushioned Insole Insert $15.  This is a 1/8" Orthotic shock absorbing material that is sandwiched under the felt.

The Goop Sole used on the Stealth Trackers is a true
Hunting and Tracking Sole.
Better than the soles on the moccasins worn by
Tommy Lee Jones in the movie, "The Hunted".

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The above photo shows the insole & a Double Leather Sole.
This is an option for those who prefer a more
natural Sole
(without the Goop)  $20
 

The above photo shows the Moccasin’s Leather Sole without & with the first coat of Goop.

 

The above photo shows the completed
Stealth Trackers
with the Goop Sole $50