EMS Carter Ridge GTX
For the price I paid this was a steal, and I don't…
Materials: Nylon-Leather with gore-tex
Use: dayhike to weekend trips
Break-in Period: three weeks for me
Weight: 180 lbs
Price Paid: $60
For the price I paid this was a steal, and I don't regret it. I've gone through a few pairs of hiking shoes, from L.L. Bean outdoor sneakers (ok not best for backpacking) that I wore out to low-end ($60 dollars) TNF boots that just didn't work. So I tried these and what a difference. They're not too stiff but plenty supportive. Oh, and did I mention they're waterproof? The only reason I haven't given them 5 stars is they're not something that blew my mind away, they're just what I always expected a boot should do.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Gore-Tex? protection and a grippy Vibram? tread helps to round out this very versatile fabric/leather design. Best use: Day hikes and light backpacking treks. Leather/nylon uppers make 'em tough but nimble. Gore-Tex lining conquers wetness inside and out. A stiff polypropylene plate within the outsole protects the bottom of your feet from rocks. Vibram tread provides long-lasting grip and control over widly varying terrain. Polyurethane midsole lasts longer than EVA foam. 3 sets of speed-lacing hooks are positioned to lock heel in more securely.