User Review: Ozark Trail Judd
Use: Heavy Hiking
Break-in Period: More of a breakdown period of about 4 months.
Price Paid: $18
Ok... I agree with most of the complaints on this page and had to take away a few stars for each, but I would also like to give a couple of the good qualities of the boot. Keep in mind that I hike the mountains of Colorado at least 3 times a week, so these boots have been well tested. Let us start with the bad.
1) Poor construction.
A) The sole split away from the boot shortly after purchasing the boots. The problem was easily remedied with some Gorilla brand superglue.
B) There was rapid deterioration of the heel support, inside of the boot. Another reviewer described this perfectly, calling it a "honey comb pattern" that is very noticeable on the heel once the deterioration has taken place. Unlike that reviewer, I would not go as far as to say that it is painful in any way.
2) Not waterproof, in the least.
3) Rigidity in the sole is not enough to protect feet from feeling most rocks under foot, lending to wear and tear on the legs.
Okay, now for the good.
1) Very light weight. I like a light boot, so this is a plus for me.
2) The sole of the boot has excellent grip. I do a bit of bouldering (rock scrambling) and I have never felt a bit of slip in these boot's grip.
All-in-all, you get what you pay for, and for $18 they were a great short term replacement between my last and current pair of Merrell hikers.