Good if you don't want Gore...

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Ranger Tim from Colorado on Thursday, April 24, 2014
Like many who work in Colorado wilderness areas, I don't want a Gore-Tex liner in my non-winter boots. I'd rather have my merino socks dry somewhat rather than soaking with sweat. These boots seem to dry quick, and thats what I wan't. I wear a 12-12.5 Wide and have the 12 wide in the Neutrons. I feel they are a little more cramped in the toe than a Scarpa but they are serviceable and if I had it all to do over, I would get the 12.5. This is the same problem I have with Asolo 520 vs. Scarpa Delta, the Asolo cuts inward at a greater angle from pinkie toe to big toe than the Scarpa's. I have weird feet though, and my middle toe is as long as the big toe. It's not a problem in the Asolo's but I can feel it touch once in awhile. Other things that keep this boot from being perfect are that the speed laces should have been extended down one hole further down so there would be three and the bottom one would make a proper lock if you were doing looser lacing down below. I get by with a surgeons knot cross there on the last hole before the speed laces. Also, the jury will always be out on EVA mid-soles. In the past, only Polyurethane mid-soles hold up over time and I am famous for crushing EVA down to cardboard thickness over the course of a summer and fall of wilderness patrols. This feels like good EVA, not cheap running shoe stuff and I know there have been advances in EVA durability in recent years. Hope it hold up for me. So far it feels good walking over trail rocks and I wonder if there isn't some composite half-shank in there as well, which would be a good thing. So far, they are light, supportive, breathe well, and are handling the abuse. Easily worth the Sierra price I scored them for.
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