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Ok, so I've been a lurker on the site for a few years. Prompted by Unc's call for beginners not to be afraid to ask questions, I gathered enough courage to finally officially join and post a question. Was a boyscout about 15 years ago and am just starting to get back into the hiking/camping scene again after realizing that it's not all about the 9-5 job. Wish I realized this earlier!
Anyway, I bought a pair of Montrail Feather Peak GTX boots a few weeks ago after testing quite a few other boots in the store. I've taken it slow to try and break them in. I've worn them around the house for a few hours, and done about 10 miles on the local HS Track. Then another 10 miles around town (pavement walking). I was told I could return them if I did not wear them in the woods. Got a few strange looks walking around the track in them! Just last weekend I took them out for a 4 mile hike in the woods. So all in, I am at about 25-30 miles of use. They have gotten less stiff but I still am having some minor issues:
- Most bothersome is where the tongue of the boot meets my ankle. It feels like there is a bump there. It doesn't rub/chafe, but it almost feels like my ankle is bruising. The guy at the store did say I have pretty bony and small ankles
- Minor chafing on the back of my legs where the collar of the boot meets my lower calf.
I do wear appropriate wool hiking socks that go higher than where this chafing is.
So are these going to be problems, or is this just normal issues with new boots that will go away with more break in?
Also, any comments on these boots in general?
Thanks for being so helpful and for a great forum community.