Reviewed by Chromehound from Oregon on Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I broke these in on a 2.3 mile hike that gains nearly 1500 feet of elevation over fairly rough ground. As I have a slightly narrow heel, getting them tight took a little effort. The first thing I noticed was how stiff they were. For about the first half mile the top of my right foot was being pinched where the boot folded when taking a step. This subsided as the material softened from use. These boots have tenacious grip. I bought them for an upcoming backpacking trip and I am very confident that once I finish breaking them in they will have no problem handling a 35-40 pound pack. They soles are very substantial and sharp rocks are hardly felt through them. I got one blister on the back of my right heel during my first trip but I feel that was due in large part to the fact that they will take 10+ miles to fully break-in. Overall they are a very solid and comfortable boot.
Arch Type: High Arch
Best Uses: Day Hiking, Harsh Terrain, Heavy Loads, Long-Distance Hiking, Wet Conditions
Cons: Difficult Laces, Long Break-in
Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
Pros: Ankle Support, Great Traction, Sturdy/Durable, Water Resistant