Raichle X-Degree 7 GTX
I could not ask for anything more from these boots.
Materials: Leather, Vibram
Use: multi-day, 35lb pack, Pennsylvania rocks
Break-in Period: 5 minutes!
Weight: very light
Price Paid: $80-ish
I could not ask for anything more from these boots. I got them on super-sale. They fit my feet like gloves from day one. The Vibram soles have all the traction you could ask for. The outers seem extremely durable, yet flexible enough for great comfort. Very light weight and the eyelets and everything seem very sturdy. I did recently upgrade to a gel insole, but that was more out of luxury than anything else.
Mine are still very new, so I don't yet know how they will withstand the test of time, but I can't see anything so far that leaves me with any concern.
Here's what other sites are saying:
January Clearance On now! Rugged waterproof protection in an amazingly lightweight package for backpacking trips in varying conditions. Seam-sealed Gore-Tex liners make these boots waterproof yet breathable, for comfort in a variety of conditions. Durable and abrasion-resistant split-grain leather uppers offer superb flexibility and breathability. Nylon tongues and cuffs add flexibility and trim weight; padded collars help protect ankles. Polyurethane heel retention bands draw insteps in to lock heels in place and improve stability. Fully gusseted scree-length padded tongues keep out debris and water while helping to relieve lace pressure. Full rubber rands help protect uppers from abrasion, enhance edging and protect feet from bumps. Soft and comfortable EVA midsoles absorb shock and offer all-day cushioning against hard surfaces. Thermoplastic urethane midsole supports add rigidity for support on uneven terrain. Long-lasting Vibram Interface rubber outsoles supply superb traction on wet and dry terrain.
- REI refers to the men's version