Excellent Tree Climber Too!

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Hoof from Upstate New York Hill Country on Monday, July 27, 2009
Fortunately a few web discussion entries from professional linemen motivated me to send back a new pair of lineman's boots in favor of these rock solid mountaineering boots. I needed to take down an old damaged birch tree in tight quarters and climbing with tree gaffs was the best option. The huge bonus is that I now have a crampon-ready, top of the line mountaineering boot (to boot)!

These boots broke in more easily than other posts made me think they would. Using the velcro between the outer and inner tongues to position the padded top to meet my angled-out shin bone was key. Initially I thought it was going to be a long painful haul to get the boot to give at that shin contact point with the stiff leather on the outer top edge of the inner tongue.

If you buy these boots because you want them to be stiff for functional reasons (they were magnificent bearing all of the stress of climbing irons for the 3 hours up in the tree), then I would steer clear of some of the mis-advise given elsewhere that may soften or seal the pores of the leather (like sno-seal and similar products). Go with nikwax if you want to enhance the water resistance.

So far, so good... I really like these boots!!
  • Best Uses: Cold Weather, Harsh Terrain, Heavy Loads, Light Loads, Long-Distance Hiking
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Ankle Support, Arch Support, Great Traction, Sturdy/Durable, Water Resistant
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
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