Bought these at age 13 - 12 years later these boots…
Use: Variable - light to heavy use, on/off trail
Break-in Period: short (2 miles or so)
Price Paid: $50
Bought these at age 13 - 12 years later these boots are still kicking, though they are in need of resoling. I have used these for everything from hiking in tough terrain off trail with a heavy pack, to rock scrambling, impromptu horseback rides, and have even been used as wader boots for fly-fishing. They have been filled with sand while squeezing through narrows in Utah and completely covered in muck from the Sacramento River. I have only needed one application of moleskin for a blister in the entire lifetime of these boots (from a hike in Yosemite with a 3,000 foot elevation gain in 5 miles). Use them for everything short of technical mountaineering and save yourself some money.
These are 7-year-old boots just returned from their…
Use: Canyon hiking w/ heavy pack / Dayhiking / Yard work
Break-in Period: 15 minutes
Weight: very light
Price Paid: Cheap
These are 7-year-old boots just returned from their second 50-miler in the Escalante canyons. Blew a seam this time, but for the extremely low price, comfort, and durability these old Hi Tecs can't be beat. I've seen Nikes blow out in one trip in these canyons.
For comfort I added a padded insole, but other than that these guys are the original.
Save your $$$$$ and buy from the original makers of lightweights.