Great build and support but...

Reviewed by Scott from Bagram, Afghanistan on Friday, March 2, 2012
I bought these around Christmas 2010 to wear on my winter cross-Europe tour. The footbeds (like in most boots) were junk, so I replaced them with custom arch supports. They were great for traveling with my backpack and hiking in Switzerland in dryer snow. Fast forward a year and I took them with me on a 7 week deployment to Afghanistan where my feet stayed cold and wet. I treated the boots several times with Nikwax to no avail. It kept the leather in low wear/low flex areas dry, but in the flex areas water still soaked in. However the main problem was with the stitching in the welt. All of those punctures where the threading goes through let water soak into the bottom of the sides and it was impossible to get enough Nikwax down in there to seal out water. Maybe there is something similar to Seam Sealer for tents that you could put on these. These boots are very nice looking and have good support/stability, but all of that welt stitching makes them leak like crazy. They were also cold and I had to try various materials and foot bedding to try to keep them warm. The best use for these would be in dry conditions to light moisture. Definitely not for slogging through creeks like other boots that have glued on soles and hidden welts.
  • Arch Type: Low Arch
  • Best Uses: Day Hiking, Everyday, Harsh Terrain, Heavy Loads, Light Loads
  • Cons: Not Water Resistant
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Ankle Support, Comfortable, Great Traction, No Break-in, Sturdy/Durable
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
  • Was this a gift?: No
  • Width: Feels true to width
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