User Review: Esatto Men's Classic Hiker (custom made)
Use: short trail hikes to cross country with heavy pack
Break-in Period: 1 month ( ? )
Price Paid: Too much
After many successful years of Vasque and Salomon hiking boots, I tried some Garmont boots which did not fare well with my foot. So feeling like .. "what the heck" I decided to purchase some "custom made boots."
Short version ... and a "good" break-in period, one short trip (12 miles over a few days), and two long trips (around 40 miles each over 5 days) I continue to get both heal and ball of foot blisters.
I've called Esatto (never do get a live person just have to leave a message) and wrote an e-mail.
The boots are pretty!! However, either something went amiss in the measuring process or (which I think is the case) they are only "semi custom," which means, in my mind, if you have different measurements on each foot, he can furnish you different sizing for the respective feet.
However, the left foot boot was (again) either built wrong or just a generic boot that did not fit.
As I cannot get any response out of Esatto, I may just send the boots back to him and see what happens. And, in the meantime, I've ordered a pair of Lowa Baffins to try out.
FEBRUARY 28, 2008 UPDATE:
This is an update to my earlier post.
A potential Essatto customer read my post and mentioned it to the owner.
The good news is that immediately after that conversation, and the owner's reading of my post, I received both an e-mail and a voice mail asking that I contact him so that he could fix the boot. We subsequently talked and I am returning them so that he can try and rectify the fit.
I will keep you all posted as to the outcome. In the meantime, it is great to know the benefits (and power) of the Trailspace web site .. !!
MAY 22, 2008 UPDATE:
David (the owner) completely reworked the boots, even changed the sole out .. at no charge.. And, was (obviously) very interested in trying to make me a "Happy Customer".
I rec'd the boots the other day ... new sole / polished / and all.
The true test will come next month when I take my first "long" hike.
Update: July 1, 2008
Update to my first posting:
Again, Escatto responded to this posting and made some mods to the boots to fix my problems. Hopefully, I'll be able to put 5 stars on these boots .. at the end of August.
Test # 2 and 3 completed:
2) Day hike with @ 10 lbs load . 16 miles R/T .. Excellent !!!!
3) 4 day Hike .. with @ 50lbs load (one day layover) Again .. Excellent!!!
So, at the risk of jinxing your fixes … So far .. perfect!
Next BIG / ultimate test .. 7 day 50 mile PCT hike with @ 55 lbs .. If they hold up on this trip .. WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks again for the mods .. sure seem to be working well for me