Hanwag Lima GTX
Materials: leather w/ Gore-Tex lining
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $200
I bought these after researching for a replacement for my old pair of Vasque boots after I wore them out to the point of them falling apart.
Overall I am extremely impressed with them thus far. My initial impressions were that they were very comfortable right out of the box and noticed no pressure points which I find common on a new pair of shoes. For a backpacking boot they are very light. If you are looking for a backpacking boot with the weight of a hiking boot this may be the boot for you.
I have had them out on several hikes and they have performed perfectly. I would have to say that break-in is not necessary as I pretty much took them from the store to the trail and the result was no blisters or even a single hotspot as a result. The shank in the sole is fairly flexible but you still never feel any rocks pushing up from under the soles. I found them to be very supportive. I have taken them over some rather rough terrain which involved a lot of scrambling and such and never felt like my ankle would or even could roll to either side.
If you live in a warmer climate and do not really need the Gore-Tex lining I would advise the non-Gore-Tex model. They can be rather warm with the combination of Gore-Tex lining and a full-leather upper. I use them in a wet not-so-warm environment a lot of the time so I went with the Gore-Tex.
Overall, these are probably the best boots I have owned and will buy Hanwag again when these wear out, but that may take a while.
Materials: leather/ gore tex
Use: rough trail medium pack
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 1.6 kg/pair
Price Paid: around £120
I bought these for my gap year which included the inca trail (up to 4200 metres) and they are excellent. Very durable and waterproof and the soles are very comfy. No problems with blisters and the fit is superb.
Undoubtedly a fantastic pair of boots.
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