User Review: Raichle Mountain Trail XT GTX
Materials: leather and gore-tex
Use: dayhikes and rough trail
Break-in Period: none
Weight: not sure
Price Paid: $190
I purchased these boots in early 2006. I see that they have changed the model slightly. But, I LOVE these boots.
I work outdoors in oil and gas exploration and carry heavy loads (30#+) at times in all terrains and these boots are a dream to wear! They fit like a glove, are waterproof, and need very little break-in time. They have great traction and have handled every situation I've been in with ease.
The rubber rands protect the boot from sharp rocks and tree limbs. The padded collar and ankle support feel wonderful and hug my foot like a glove. I never developed blisters while wearing these boots. They are beginning to show some wear on the leather (it's time for me to treat them).
The only problem I have had so far is the quick lacing off-set hooks at the ankle on my left boot broke off after the laces got tangled in some downed tree limbs and I yanked too hard to free myself. Other than that, I have no complaints and would definitely purchase these or other Raichle products again! I have never been more satisfied with a boot/hiker before.