User Review: Garmont Men's Eclipse XCR
Use: Rough trail with 25-pound pack; week+ hikes
Break-in Period: None
Weight: 30 ounces
Unlike the previous reviewers, I have not had any problems with the quality of these boots. I purchased them in 2004 and have used them on 3 annual 100+ mile Appalachian Trail section hikes. They fit my feet quite well, although I had to replace the insoles with orthotics to accommodate my higher arches.
My biggest gripe is that, once wet, they take forever to dry given the Gore-tex lining. I love the lighter weight of these boots over traditional leather mid-tops, yet the toe rand can still hold up to rocks, unlike many trail runners. I may check out the new Garmont Nova version to see how that works (http://campmor.stores.yahoo.net/10348.html).