Reviewed by Ian the Adventurous from Illinois/Missouri on Friday, March 14, 2014
I had these boots purchased for me by my parents around a year and a half ago. We planned a hiking trip in Pictured Rocks up in Michigan, right next to the lake, and these boots performed flawlessly. We would deal with soaking rains, so ferocious matter of fact that the water levels rose above the rubber rand surrounding the base of the boot. This boots withstood sharp rocks, stair-like rock formations at brutal angles, abrasive sand, and anything else that is hostile to a hikers feet on a serious trail. The traction was excellent, which gave me the confidence to be on the edge of the 200ft sandstone and limestone cliffs overlooking the beaches by the lake without fear. The lacing system was very well prepared to suite the demands for the hardcore backpacking lifestyle as well as the tongue which kept out massive amounts of water, sand, and other particles that can cause abrasion. After a 45 mile section we finished with our packs weighing about 45-50 pounds each in cool weather (70-80ish). These boots did superbly.
Now I will get to the point that made me never want to get these again. These boots have soles that are glued on, which didn't make me nervous at all when purchasing them. After the trip to Pictured Rocks in Michigan the sole was fine, and still completely held together. I then went to college in Missouri where the winter temperatures can get as low as -10 degrees in the middle of the day. The low temperatures caused these soles to start coming loose around the edges where the rand meets the sole. There are now deep crevices in these boots at those points. The sole has not come off, but I could foresee a potential problem if one was to take these backpacking in a very cold and abusive environment.
These boots are fantastic, but they are definitely not meant for really cold conditions. They performed flawlessly in cool to warm temperatures though, and if you are planning to have summer or fall hiking boots I would recommend these completely. They are heftily constructed, have good laces, rust free metal components, thick leather, lots of ankle support, great water resistance and a vibram sole that demolishes the trail. Just avoid cold climates.
Reviewed by Matt the kiwi fella from Dunedin, NZ on Thursday, March 06, 2014
Straight out of the box these fit great. I can tell they'll be "no blister" jobs right away. Normally I'm a Sportiva man, but hardly anything available in NZ now for some reason. I had Karakorum GTX prior to these and just FAR too stiff for me. Like how simple and un-gusseted these boots are. Remains to be seen how waterproof etc but looks like they'll be fine. A bit weird how US sz 12 equates to 46 1/3 euro, where as Im a sportiva 45.5 which is also called a US 12. Can we not frikkin well organise sizing on boots after 5 million years of making them?
Reviewed by IronMike from Ohio on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
I loved the quality of these boots. Unfortunately, I had to return them due to their being too narrow. I ordered a wide, and they still weren't wide enough. If these boots came in EEE they would be perfect.
It is most likely a 9 or 9.5. For footwear questions regarding sizing please refer to our printable links in our sizing chart:
Answered on 9/19/2013 9:05:13 AM by Prod. Spec. Kevin from Sierra Trading Post
You would need a wide, but 25.5 long foot is not a size 11 US. It is closer so a size h8 or 8.5. An 11 is 27.9cm long. you may want to print our printable men's Brannock Device. http://s.stpost.com/m/pdf/mens-brannock.pdf
Answered on 8/5/2013 12:48:16 PM by Prod. Spec. Kevin from Sierra Trading Post