User Review: Montrail Men's Torre GTX
Price Paid: $90
These boots were being closed out at around $90, which was somewhere north of a 50% discount. Since they had been given generally very positive reviews, I decided to buy a pair of 11.5 wides.
Now, here's how stupid I am; I wore these, fresh from the box, on a 7 day off-trail trip to the Buffalo Plateau in the Bridger-Teton Wilderness. I think it is relevant to note that this particular trip involved incredibly muddy horse packing trails, plenty of stream crossings, rocky and bone-dry terrain, snowfields, you name it. A real obstacle course for boots!
The Montrails handled everything with absolute poise. This was also the first pair of boots to complete one of my trips without giving me a single blister. Right out of the box.
While one could say that these boots just happened (luckily) to fit my feet well, there is no denying the support and performance they delivered. Grip was excellent at all times, I very rarely had to re-tie the laces (which is something all my previous boots have required - obviously these have a good, supportive fit around the ankle area), and I always felt like the support and sturdiness of these boots made them game for anything I wanted to throw at them - from steep angle side-hilling on a game trail to kicking toe-holds into steep glaciers. They were comfortable, very water resistant, and not too hot for such a sturdy boot. In other words, the Gore-tex lining worked quite well.
I was so happy with these boots, I bought another pair for $90 as soon as I got back. I knew the design had changed on these (so this review might be kind of pointless) and I really wanted to go with the exact same pair that had served me so well.
If you can find a pair of these still, snap them up! Be sure to get the wides, unless you have narrow feet, because the regular fit is quite narrow (a trait apparently shared by a lot of Montrail's boots).