Great boots with one weak link

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Roger De Haan from Bitterroot Valley, Montana on Monday, June 1, 2015
This is the second pair of these boots I have bought. The first ones have taken me on hundreds of miles of trails in western Montana and Wyoming, and are the only boots I would wear for 10 to 15 days at a time backpacking on longer trails. They are comfortable (once broken in) and durable with one small exception. The leather that joins the heavy duty tongue to the heavy boot leather is a very thin and soft glove type leather. This thin connector tapers from maybe 1/2 in. to 2 inches wide at the top, and has developed several holes from wear. In heavy rain, the rain runs off my rain pants down onto the boots and into these holes. The result is instant wet feet when the rain starts, or walking through wet brush. I have now patched the holes in my old boots with Lexell flexible silicone adhesive and a piece of fabric, and I intend to get a few more hundred miles. I will save the new ones for the future but am considering a pre-treatment of the weaker leather to avoid the holes. Wish the manufacturer would correct this one small flaw in an otherwise great boot.
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