This is kind of a follow up of my previous review.
Materials: nubuck leather
Use: day hikes, overnight backpacking with small pack
Break-in Period: none
This is kind of a follow up of my previous review. This review is to focus on the durability and long term comfort of the shoes.
my Tamarack is still going strong. I like the shoes much more than during my first review. It has become my daily gear - whether I am going for a day hike, weekend backpacking trip, or walk around the park.
I have fine tuned the shoes to my preference by replacing the original insole (footbed) with a shock doctor ultra insole. And got a different set of laces for tighter lacing. I like my shoes a bit snug and want to feel the trail response along the foot torso.
The deep heel cup and strategic padding of the insole made a huge positive difference. So I would recommend it.
This is how the different parts are functioning or have been functioning....
Upper: the upper is soft and confirms to the feet very nicely. Even when I tighten the laces hard I don't feel any pressure point or hot spot in my feet. They have resisted abrasion very well. The toe and heel rands are very effective on rugged trails.
The only problem is that the nubuck leather soaks water in moderate to heavy rain. So, waterproofing treatment is a must and should be done pretty frequently (once a month) during rainy seasons.
Midsole: one of the best features of the shoe. They are a soft PU, so they provide exceptional comfort and support. Also, they are very durable. Midsole of my shoes looks exactly like when it was new. Not a sign of fatigue or wrinkles. I had my Asolo and Vasque shoe midsoles wrinked up in a month or so. I like the construction of Tamaracks' midsole.
Outsole: very grippy and protective. The lug pattern allowes me to move fast and maintain superb control and stability on variable terrains (except from the most challenging ones). With moderate loads up to 30lbs, I dont really feel anything underfoot. Thick midsole and substential outsole (along with the protective plate) soakes it all up and provides long term comfort.
Because the outsole is grippy it gets eaten up by pavements, roads, and any type of urban useage fairly quickly. Or on dry rock for that matter. Because I use it mostly on the trails, they are holding up pretty well.
Bottom line: Tamarack hits a sweet spot just in the middle of the spectrum between heavy-duty high cut hiking/backpacking boots and flimsy trail runners that can cause serious damage to your feet. On top of everything, it can also be used in a wide range of weather spring, summer, and fall...provided you apply waterproofing treatment...
You can tell I am happy with my tamarack...sorry for bragging...