User Review: New Balance Men's 1500
Materials: junk leather and leaky gore-tex
Break-in Period: Good to go out of the box
Weight: No idea
Price Paid: $150
I put about 300 miles on them during part of last season. I did a 65-mile loop to break them in at the Chinese Wall in the Bob, and it was all downhill after that. Toe caps peeled away from uppers, uppers pulled away from the sole on right boot, Gore-tex leaks, "leather (more like fake leather vinyl crap) peeled away on toe area of both boots, poor support for heavy loads and/or long days.
I went from Zamberlan's to these...big mistake. Can't be cheap when it comes to boots or you'll end up with junk like the New Balance 1500's. There's just way too much stitching on them for one thing, too many seams to bust and leak. I knew better then to buy these things, but Backpacker mag. gave them a good review and I was low on cash.
I've retired them to casual kicking around town, that's about all they're good for. I'm buying some Kaylands this time around, hopefully they'll be good to me.