Superb backpacking and hiking boots

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Veskebjorn from Glendora, California on Wednesday, May 7, 2008
These are superb, 3-season, backpacking & hiking boots for steep and/or difficult terrain.

Their construction includes one-piece, full-grain leather uppers; Norwegian welts; stiff, protective mid-sole structures; and full leather linings. The boots are comfortable because of their superior lasting; they don't need padding and poufy insoles.

The boots lack rigid heel and toe cups, which limits their usefulness for mountaineering. The upper does not form a bellows over the tongue. The sole would be better with a full-length, flexible nylon shank.

In size 11, the boots weigh 4.5 pounds. Boots much lighter than this cannot be anywhere near as protective and supportive. ("A pound on the foot equals five pounds on the back," is false--a misreading of an ancient U.S. Army study.)

Buy these while you can. Soon the only alternative to injection-molded, fabric-and-leather, slave labor-made boots will be custom boots that set you back at least 5 Benjamins. If you want to wear crampons, get the "New Guide" model. If you want dayhikers, get the "Tahoe Hiker."
  • Best Uses: Backcountry, Cold weather, Wet Weather
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Great Traction, Non-slip sole, Norwegian welt, Stable, Water Resistant
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
  • Width: Feels true to width
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