Ecco Track Terrain
Materials: leather uppers, lined w/ goretex
Use: hiking and everyday wear
Break-in Period: 10-12 hours
Price Paid: $150
After many years of walking around town, hiking with my 2 scouts, and just being outside I've come to the conclusion that there is no better made shoes or boots than Ecco!
This boot is extremely comfortable, although a bit warm inside on a hot day. With Gore-Tex, you can stand in water 2" deep and be dry. The lateral support is excellent. The support and footbed will take on a wide variety of terrain. On every trail I've been on (and even the mall with the missus) never had a problem.
Simply great boots.
Materials: All Oiled Leather Uppers with GTX
Use: Day Hiking w/ no pack
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $200
The Track Terrain is nicely constructed as a lightweight walking, light hiking high-top boot. I found it quite comfortable out of the box with a snug but not uncomfortable fit all around (I find the toe box not quite as large as the Ecco Seawalker which is extremely comfortable for short urban walking etc). Unfortunately, the lack of a stiff platform and lack of lateral support means this boot is not much better than a pair of good tennis shoes when hiking on off-road rocky trails.
The Gore-Tex liner seems to result in a pretty warm foot environment which I have abated somewhat with Smartwool or Coolmax sox. For gentle terrain, these appear to be comfortable and durable for extended walks. But for any rocky trails, my feet like they've been beat up after walking over protruding rocks for a few hours and I can't recommend the boot for that kind of environment.
Best boots I've ever had; 5 years and like new. These babies don't wear out! Why did ECCO quit making such an awesome boot?
Well, maybe for the obvious reason that you'd never have to buy another pair in your lifetime.
If you can find them. Buy them!
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In search of a truly comfortable all-terrain hiker? Look no further. Ecco uses hard science to analyze the walking process for improved performance, fit and comfort. Unique footbed for superior shock absorption, genuine leather uppers for durability and Gore-Tex waterproof, breathable membrane to keep feet dry. Aggressive rubber outsole provides premium traction. Ht. 5, 3 lb. pr. Closeouts. Slovakia. Size Euro(US): 40(6-6 ) 41(7-7 ) 42(8-8 ) 43(9-9 ) 44(10-10 ) 45(
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version