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I'm giving this boot 4 stars. The boot appears to be very well constructed and would be a great waterproof hiking/backpacking boot. The sole seems a bit stiffer than most hiking boots, in a good way, and the rest of the boot looks to be top quality.
Unfortunately I never got to use them because they are very narrow in there forefoot. I have average to low volume feet, but these were just to narrow in the front. Maybe sizing up one would help. If u have narrow feet, I think these boots would be great, but unfortunately they did not work for me. I'm still giving it 4 stars because they appear to be top quality.
Following up to my earlier review. These boots have broken in nicely. I would reiterate that these are not your average all leather hikers, these have a little more stiffness to them. If you are just walking ur dog thru the local trail, these are overkill. But for mid to heavy loads and a variety of terrain, these are great boots. They are warm, despite no real insulation, and keep your feet dry. Good grip on the soles. I've classified them as 'true to size' but be aware they are somewhat narrow in width. Some ppl have complained about the durability, but no issues here yet. Nice big toe cap gives u protection, and all metal lacing eyelets are better than the cloth ones which always seem to tear eventually. 4 stars because they do require some work to break em in
I just got these a few days ago, and i will start by saying I haven't put them thru the wringer yet. These are just my initial impressions after having put a few 'break-in' miles on them.
I got these at the recommendation of a friend. I intend to use them for just about everything from deer and bird hunting to hiking to general outdoor use around the house to walking around town.
These boots are definitely stiffer than your typical $120 north face hikers, but are not nearly as stiff as some Lowa or Salewa mountaineering boots I?ve used. I would consider them directly in the middle of a generic hiking boot and a mountaineering boot. I have very average to slightly lower volume/narrower feet, and when i wore these for the first time, they felt a bit narrow. I initially thought I?d waste $230. But after a few break-in miles, they got considerably more comfortable. Initially the arch in the insole was a little much, almost like it needed to be matted down, but after a few walks it seems to have worked itself out. One thing I do like about these boots is the high ankles- they give a ton of support. Another thing, and I know this is nitpicky but I?ve had problems before...all the eyelets are metal, which is great because on the fabric/cloth eyelets, as soon as u scrape one rock it's game over.
Again, the boots have definitely improved in terms of comfort, but I have not given then the hard trail test yet. I hope this initial review is helpful, and I?ll revert back after an upcoming bird hunt. 4 stars until i give it a hard test