Source: bought it new
Price Paid: No idea
I too purchased these boots many years ago and they have lasted for a long time and remain wearable. I also purchased another pair several years later because I had been so happy with the first pair.
What I discovered was that the second pair was made differently in that it has a Vibram sole. The sole of the original pair was made by Davos. The fit and comfort of the original pair has been fantastic. The second pair was a disappointment and may explain why two people reviewing these boots had such different opinions/experience.
Use: backcountry to big city
Price Paid: $120
I bought these boots in the mid-late nineties and haven't bought boots since. They have been my principle winter footwear (in Michigan no less) for a decade and still feel as solid as when I purchased them. They have provided me with blister-free hiking in all conditions. They aren't perfectly waterproof as I learned shoveling driveways one winter, but all told I got my money's worth and then some with this product.
I was just looking online to see if I could source another pair to ensure that I could have a pair for the rest of my life when I came across this review. My experience couldn't be more different from the review written in '97.
Use: Rough trail / 45 lb. pack.
Break-in Period: 25 miles
Weight: about 3 lb.
Price Paid: $120 (sale)
Don't buy. After trying on several boots at several stores, I picked these because they just felt great. They continued to feel great in the Ansel Adams Wilderness (CA, near Yosemite), but the soles started peeling off after 35 miles. There was very little cement in there to ever hold them together.
Not a bad boot, just built poorly. After a heated exchange at Track n' Trail, they agreed to a full refund. By the way, Forza and Lomer have merged.
Use: heavy pack and rough trail
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $180
This pair of boots are the best pair of boots I have ever had. I have used them very hard, I did have soles installed about a year ago.They aren't holding up as good as the original soles. I have had them for six years, and still going. I was thinking of getting another pair. I can't find them where I live (yet).
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