User Review: Garmont Men's Eclipse XCR
Use: Daily wear (2-5 miles), light hiking/walking in woods
Break-in Period: None (worked from the get-go)
Weight: 220 lb.
Price Paid: $75
I have severe overpronation, and my podiatrist recommended looking for a hiking shoe for day-to-day wear that would give me even more motion control than Brooks Beast. The shoe definitely works in that regard. Both shoes are model II, size 14.
The problem with the shoe is that it wears out quickly. I've been through two pairs, and three of the four shoes (both right and one left) have developed cracks in the sole across the ball of the foot. I've never had that happen with any other shoe. This greatly reduces the stiffness of the sole (it doesn't seem to leak...at least not yet), which is the attraction for me.
I always wear out the ball of the foot in every shoe, including the Beast. Evidently I put a lot of torque and flexion on that area, but this kind of deep crack is something new. I think the stiffness is what contributes to the crack; it's stiff, all right, but the sole isn't strong enough to withstand the forces imposed when I push off.
I'm rating it a 4 because it really does a stellar job of supporting my feet until the crack develops -- nothing less than a full fledged hiking boot works as well.
I emailed Garmont, and they suggested I file a warranty claim. That's fine, but I don't want to keep filing warranty claims and am curious whether the model III is any better in this regard.
I paid $75 because these were both close-out pairs, after the model III came out.