L.L.Bean Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers, Leather
Materials: leather & gore tex lined
Use: trail with pack
Break-in Period: several weeks
Price Paid: $179 in Freeport
I bought these boots and properly broke them in for my Outward Bound hike in the Sierra Nevada's. 1/2 way through my O-B trip, 5 eyelets on my right boot and 3 eyelets on my left boot came right out of the leather. I had to finish my hike wearing sneakers!
These are no longer your daddy's Cresta. The eyelets are now soft aluminum or cheap steel.....years ago the eyelets were much stronger. The soles on the boot started to de-laminate on both toes.....have they gone to cheap inexpensive glues?
The good news: Beans still honors their money back guarantee, but it wasn't fun hiking in sneakers. Maybe it's time to start making things in the USA again...where we can know what glues and components are used on the mfg. line.
I hear there's open factory space in Lewiston, Maine.......or any town in the USA for that matter.