User Review: Limmer Men's Standard
Use: walking, hiking, heavy pack, winter mountaineering
Break-in Period: at least two months
Weight: 4.5 pounds
Price Paid: $300
My most comfortable pair of shoes. I bought these in 2005 and have worn them steadily since then. I have taken them hiking in tropical storms and up the Presidential Range in New Hampshire in January, carrying up to 70 pounds on my back. The support, fit, and construction are as good as I have found.
See my previous review of the Limmer Lightweight - the features are very similar; this has thicker, stiffer leather outers, fits higher on the ankle, and has a thicker sole than the lightweight.
these boots are very different from most hiking boots on the market today. Most hiking boots and shoes are lighter-weight, mixing leather and nylon, often with waterproof liners. Even most leather boots are not nearly as supportive or well-made as these boots, but they won't need to be replaced nearly as often, and they are much more secure with a heavy pack or on uneven trails.
a few thoughts about these boots:
-they are heavy, and the leather is unforgivingly stiff out of the box, so take the time to break them in gradually. Purchase them at least two months out from any significant hike, and having more time would be better. Be diligent about wearing them and applying shoe grease consistent with Limmer's guidelines.
-find a sock combination that works for you and stick with it, especially during the initial break-in. For me, a thin wicking liner under Smartwool mountaineering socks minimized blisters and has become the norm for winter and summer hikes.
-take care of the leather without using too much grease.
-for winter hiking, waterproof them before you head out, and strongly consider vapor barrier sock liners. once the leather outer or lining gets damp, they are very tough to dry out in cold weather.
-this is not a great boot to use with crampons. If you use them in winter, make absolutely certain you have a rock-solid fit with your crampon bindings. i have worn these for winter hikes, with vapor barrier socks and overboots, in really cold, awful weather. they did fine with snowshoe bindings, but i have had trouble with crampons popping off. i have switched to double boots for winter hiking and climbing.