13 years and counting!

Reviewed by Bigfoot from La Crescenta, California on Monday, July 19, 2010
I use these boots for ANY backpacking or long distance travel. They're probably too heavy for most casual outings, but I like the extra weight, for protection and to burn a few more calories. The soles are a slightly softer compound (they wear faster) than earlier generations of all-leather boots, but they do very well (I add a little shoe goo to limit wear on short hikes, and by the time it's worn off, the lugs are fully available for serious terrain). The name of the game for any serious foot travel is protection, and my feet almost never get sore or tired (with a heavy backpack and after 25 miles in a day). Rigid mountaineering boots are a poor comparison, because they aren't meant to break in. I can operate gas and brake pedals in these like regular shoes--they're flexible enough. These babies also are not "party boots" in which to look cool for others. They're for the job of walking. If you're young, get two pairs. They WILL wear out one day, but it'll be a long way off.
  • Arch Type: High Arch
  • Best Uses: Cold Weather, Harsh Terrain, Heavy Loads, Long-Distance Hiking
  • Cons: Heavy
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Ankle Support, Comfortable, Great Traction, Sturdy/Durable, Warm, Water Resistant
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
  • Width: True to size
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