Twenty plus years, still comfortable, still working well. I bought a pair of these boots over twenty years ago for a semester long NOLS course. By the end of the course, I was the only student that didn't, at one point or another, end up with blisters or other foot problems. They served through snow, over some terrible broken terrain in New Mexico, in the Chihuahuan Desert. Twenty plus years later, I still own them and they are the most comfortable boot I've even owned. Full review
Best boots I've ever owned. Got my Fabianos mail-ordered to me on the A.T. from Campmor during my thru-hike in '89. No break in. Put them on at the base of Mt. Moosilauke and no blisters. Still have them, as does my wife. Got another pair off eBay for my son who loves them as well. Just got finished Sno-Sealing all three pairs. Full review
I bought a pair of the legendary Fabiano "772" heavy duty hiking boots in 1985 for $200 at the Kittery Trading post in Maine. These are HANDS DOWN the best hiking boots I've ever had. I still have them, 26 years later — in excellent condition. These boots are indestructible. I have taken great measures to care for these "hiking hall of fame boots." They took quite a while to break in, but once they did, they custom fit like they were made for me. I were a size 12 to 12.5, but I bought 13's because… Full review
I bought these boots to thru-hike the AT in 1991 but they took too long to break in and they were just too much boot for that trip. I have used them for backpacking trips of 3 days or less in tough terrain including the Timberline Trail in Oregon, climbing Mt. Hood, Rocky Mountain National Park, Smokies, PCT and others. These are the kind of boot you leave in your will or at size 15 as mine are take them on your boat to use as anchors. Great boots. They don't make them like these anymore. Full review
Absolutely the best boots I've ever owned. No break in required. The most comfortable shoes including slippers and sneakers that I've ever owned. After I snow sealed and polished them they were also the nicest looking shoes I've ever owned. Went up and down Mt. Washington many times in them and wore them all winter as shoes. Very protective. The problem is that the soles wear out and cannot be easily replaced. I had someone resole them for $50 and they look great, but are not as comfortable hiking. Full review
Fabiano boots are now sold under the Scarpa brand.