BOMBPROOF BOOT FOR SERIOUS BACKCOUNTRY

Reviewed by Todd from Bozeman, Montana on Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The best boots I've ever owned!!! These boots are nearly indestructible! The leather is stiff and heavy with great foot protection and ankle support. Even side-hilling, running or sliding down a talus slope through the rocks will not damage these boots at all. I've been wearing a pair every day from about March 1 to late December in the backcountry for work and play for years. It's the only boot I will buy for my backcountry trail work, backpacking, off-trail hiking, and hunting. Keep them treated with a waterproofing or conditioner and your feet stay dry all day in snow or rain. I now have four pair. One I keep just for hunting in the snow with a sharp-edged sole. Two are used daily for either work of play in the mountains. The last pair is still in the box just in case. :) NOTE: I buy these boots a size larger and wear two pair of heavy Smartwool socks for extra cushion against any rubbing or possible blistering. (my feet don't sweat, so not a problem with two pair of socks) These boots are very stiff and do not flex much, so one could get hot spots or blisters on the heels when accending up steep slopes or trails. It takes about a year to break these bad-boys in. HINT: If you get the boot a size larger, a 2"x2" piece of neoprene taped into the back of the heel of the boot, will greatly reduce heel rubbing and blisters. I double a piece of duct tape to one side of the neoprene and just stick in in there to curve around the back of your heels. But the boot has to be big enough or your toes will be too tight against the front. I also do things a little different than most and keep the boots loose so my heels slide up and down easily when going uphill. For me, this prevents the harsh rubbing that creates hot spots or blisters in a stiff boot. The boots are so stiff that they give great support even when loose. BOTTOM LINE: Excellent boots if you like 6 pounds of indestructible stiff, traction strapped to your feet. Just wear thick, cushy, moisture wicking socks to prevent possible blisters or try the neoprene trick. Most people I know think they are too heavy and bulky, but I love the durability and the leg workout. Hope this helps. Todd
  • Best Uses: Backcountry, Cold weather, Day hikes, Everyday, Wet Weather
  • Cons: Heavy, Little flex
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Great ankle support, Great Traction, Non-slip sole, Stable, Water Resistant
  • Sizing: Feels half size too small
  • Width: Feels true to width
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