User Review: Cabela's All-Leather Mountain Hiker
Materials: leather, gore-tex, vibram soles
Use: short dayhikes and rough trail
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $159
I bought these a year ago; I wanted to put them to both easy and rugged use before writing a review. The top line: these boots are everything I'd hoped they would be: comfortable (out of the box as well as after break-in), sturdy, waterproof, and a boot I look forward to wearing, which in some weeks, is daily.
Whether trail hiking/walking or climbing over rugged terrain, both on- and off-trail, these boots give me the traction I want: climbing over rock, slogging through swampland or traveling down a steep slope—they take it all in stride, and, therefore, so do I.
They never ride up or down my feet—I've never gotten a blister. They are a bit weighty (over 3 oz.), but do not tire me, even after a seven mile day with a light load on my back; each boot feels at one with my foot. They are even better—more sure-footed—with a 35lb. pack.
The boots’ fully gusseted tongues do keep all debris—and water—on the outside. They clean easily; I waterproof them occasionally, not because I have to, but because I love the feel of them in my hand as much as I do on my feet.
They’re warm enough to wear until temps fall into the teens with deep snow cover. They have never been too hot for summer hiking here in the Catskills (NY).
Bottom line: these are my favorite pair of boots (or shoes) that I've ever owned. I smile just to think of them and the miles we’ve shared this year.