Sturdy boots, made for difficult hikes

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Jeremy from Germany on Monday, December 3, 2012
A great boot for hiking over difficult terrain. Nothing fancy, gimmicky, or attention-getting - just a nice looking, well-made boot. There are better (lighter, more cushiony) options for lighter hiking over groomed terrain. Honestly, better than half of my hiking would not require such a stout, heavy boot but I purchased with an eye toward longevity and durability which I think will be strong points with this boot.

Have taken a few shorter hikes at this point and can report that the sole is grippy, the feel is very firm, the ankle support is great. The leather seems very nice and durable but has begun to break in a bit where it should after two weeks. The overall construction of the boot is first rate.

The only real con would be the laces and the (perceived?) difficulty in getting them appropriately tight. The laces themselves aren't terrible, but they are obviously a notch below the boots. These are easily replaced down the road but, even out of the box, they aren't bad and will probably last a good while. The D-ring lace system is a bit too 'old school' and the boot would have been a bit improved with slightly better lacing hardware. To me, this is a minor quibble. And, as noted in other reviews, the insoles aren't that great. I slipped in a gel pair on top of the supplied pair...much better.

Sizing seems to be a point of contention with reviewers. This concerned me when I picked the size I bought. To me, these boots fit exact to size. I have a wide, 8.5 foot, that's what I ordered, and I don't think any other size/width combination could have been more perfect. The boots do seem to have a good deal of "headroom" for the toes, but this is actually a good thing I think.
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