User Review: Montrail Men's Torre GTX
Materials: suede gore-tex rubber and vibram
Use: Hiking, fastpacking, backpacking
Break-in Period: 10 miles
Weight: 50 Lbs and under
Price Paid: $140
I bought these boots for fastpacking, hiking and general backpacking and so far the have yet to disappoint. Although I only have about 250 miles on these boots i feel as though they will continue to serve me well.
Boot provides a solid "mid level" support. They are not hiking shoes and they are not steel shanked mountaineering boots. They have enough support to carry a pack upwards of 40-50lbs I would say. Anything over that and you probably want to look into a taller possibly full leather boot.
They provide great protection to toes, side of your foot and ankles. Also the sole is very stiff and durable, you won't get sore feet from walking across rocks all day long as you will with some other boots.
I backpack a lot in the high sierras and sometimes spend days scrambling over rocks and I have yet to get stone bruising with these boots. I've inadvertently placed my feet in sharp "rock pinches" and both my feet and the boots were fine afterwords. Vibram sole is nice and grippy on rocks and in loose shale, however vibram is designed to be soft and grippy so it has a tendency to wear quickly (so dont drag your feet!).
Boots are gore-tex which means they don't breath that well so they can be warm and your feet will sweat in them. If I am backpacking I change my socks at lunch when i wear these boots and my feet stay dry enough to avoid problems. That said these boots are very water tight. I spent last weekend stomping around in the mud for two days and my feet stayed very dry. I was very impressed by the waterproofing of a boot that is not full leather.
They are very comfortable, however the toe box is slightly too short on the baby toe sides of the boots and when spending any considerable amount of time going downhill with a heavy pack they press on the nail of my baby toe.
My father has the same boots and has the same problem with them. This could possibly be fixed by getting them stretched, but I'm not entirely sure. Overall the I would highly recommend these to anyone who is a casual hiker to an 3-5 day trip backpacker. They are comfortable, durable, and have good support.
I have used Vasques and Salomons and although I liked the Salomons I prefer the Montrails. As for the Vasques, the Montrails beat them hands down, no questions asked.