Nice boots, but not for everyone

Reviewed by Oregon Hiker from Talent, OR on Friday, October 11, 2013
If you're of a certain age and are nostalgic for a pair of all-leather hand-made hiking boots circa 1978, these may be the boots for you. However, they may not be for everyone. I'd recommend them for serious hikers and backpackers, and not for those who do occasional light hiking. They are very stiff and supportive in the ankles--good for keeping loose scree out. The soles have good traction on rock.

Unlike some other reviewers, I found them to require extensive breaking-in. After several weeks of about-town walks, I took them on a 10-mile hike in central Oregon (Cowhorn Mountain). Within about 15 minutes, I had bad blistering. Boots like these must be broken in on hills--you won't get blisters walking around town but the moment you start climbing it's another matter entirely. To be fair, though, my feet weren't broken in either, and at the last minute I decided to leave my running shoes (I brought them to switch in case of blistering) in the car. Just some dumb decisions from someone who should have known better. However, I've owned lots of other brands that really didn't require the same extensive break-in.

The lacing system is decent, but I find it hard to get a really snug fit against the heel. I needed a half size smaller (other reviewers also agree that they run big). There is plenty of room in the toe for descents. They are not light, but the extra weight doesn't bother me. They seem about average for breathability and temperature (I've tried many much lighter synthetic boots that were like ovens...)
So who are these boots for? I'd recommend them for serious and experienced hikers and backpackers who go mainly in dry conditions and will use them frequently. The jury is still out for me...
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