User Review: Montrail Men's Torre GTX
Break-in Period: 1 to 2 months
Price Paid: $179
When you first pick up these boots, you notice the weight and wonder to yourself do I need boots this heavy? They also feel a little bulky at first, but I was surprised how quickly they broke in for me.
The footing feels solid and lacing feels just right compared to other boots where one has to adjust the laces several times during a hike. The tongue stays put and is trouble free, except for occasional cheat-grass sticker which like to burl itself in the tongue and you have to dig these out, depending on where you hike.
Here is a tip if you decide to buy these boots. Take a very sharp knife or fine tooth saw and cut additional grooves on the sides of the thick soles. Also make the original grooves a little deeper but not too deep where you are compromising the structure of the sole itself. The material that you have cut out, will reduce the weight of the boot by an ounce or three, depending how aggressive you are with your knife. A lighter boot means a lighter step on your long hikes.
Also by deepening the original lugs, you give yourself extra traction. The only drawback to cutting material out of the sole is that mud will stick in the deeper crevices, so do some experimenting by cutting little by little. Also use extreme care when cutting so the knife does not slip and injury occurs.
Overall I had my boots for three years, and put many miles on them. The end came to them when my toe box came apart and my toes came out the top. But this was my fault, since I let dirt and grime accumulate on the boot which weakened the stitching on the toe box. Regular maintenance would of increase the lifespan of these boots.
I am very happy with these, and I went out and bought another pair. These are my main hiking boots, and I do wear them to the office since they are comfortable, (also this is a way of breaking in a new pair of boots).
Richard in Boise Idaho