Good boot, great value

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Charlie from Colorado from Colorado on Thursday, November 24, 2016
I have put about 30 or 35 miles on these boots so far. Obviously I like them.

The fit and sizing are spot on. I always order hiking shoes a size up from my street shoe size. These fit exactly as I would expect a size 13 to fit me.

They were comfortable right out of the box, and there was never any pinching, rubbing or hotspots. They feel natural and comfortable and stable while walking in them.

Like any leather boot, you should expect a bit of a break in period. But it was easy with these boots. The ankles felt a bit stiff at first, but they softened up quickly. They never caused any pain or discomfort.

I especially like the roomy and protective toe box. One of the most important elements of a good hiking boot, IMO.

I also like the outsole design. The big wide lugs put a lot of rubber on the road, especially in the all-important heel-strike zone. These soles are clearly designed for long mileage and durability over maximum traction. I'll take that trade-off any time.

One potential weak point is the all-fabric tongue. I know that there is supposed to be a waterproof membrane in there, but there is also a lot of stitching which could -eventually- create an entry point for water. My solution was to apply a generous amount of Nikwax waterproofing paste wax to the fabric tongue and stitching as well as to the leather and other fabric panels on the boot. They are totally waterproof now - we'll see how long it lasts. I expect that they will be fine.

Bottom line: these are comfortable, sturdy, functional, no-nonsense boots at an attractive price. Recommended!
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