Only one complaint...

Verified Buyer Reviewed by walleyemkr from Minnesota on Friday, October 3, 2014
I've had these for a little over a month now. This is my 1st pair of dayhike/light backpacking boots, and I agree w/ other reviewers that they didn't seem to need any break-in period. Felt pretty good right out of the box, so I took them to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for 5d as a true 1st test. They performed amazingly through rocky and root-studded portages w/ a ~40lb portage pack on my back or the kevlar canoe. Felt very stable and sturdy. We also encountered a flooded portage and the 'BWCA-standard' usual questionable canoe 'landings' (tough to conquer w/o getting your feet wet) - I had these boots in 4+" of water consistently and my feet stayed 100% dry.

As noted in the review title, I do have one complaint about the boots - in my opinion, the factory insoles are not very 'cush' AT ALL. I do not add insoles to any of my shoes currently, but will likely pick up a pair for these boots. Nothing too fancy or expensive since I'm not looking for arch or volume modification, but they could definitely use a little more 'padding' in the insole to make 'em an "all day comfortable" wear.

A millimeter or 2 of additional insole 'cush' and I'd have given these 5 stars for sure!
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