REI Monarch IV
Been using this boot for two years now.. mostly on…
Materials: leather, cordura nylon upper, vibram sole
Use: short day hikes/ backpacking/ long treks
Break-in Period: 1 month
Price Paid: 100 usd
Been using this boot for two years now.. mostly on hill walks and some day hikes. But I would not hesitate to use them on a backpacking/hiking or even approach shoe under mid to heavy loads.
Although there are some trouble spots on the shoe especially on the heel, the overall performance won't let you down most especially on the traction and support department. Blisters on the heel side of your foot could mean two things... the boot has too rough a shape and less damping material on that area or you have not been logging too many miles lately, in my case I am definitely sure it's the latter lol.
If you are on a budget, pick this boot. It's another REI classic in the making :)
Here's what other sites are saying:
These REI® Monarch IV day hiking boots are lightweight, breathable and a great value! Uppers are durable nubuck leather and 1000D Cordura® nylon for lightweight, breathable comfort. Wicking nylon linings absorb and disperse excess moisture for fast drying. Polyurethane footframes increase stability and control on rough terrain. Patented Merrell® Air-Cushion™ midsoles absorb shock for support and comfort. Nylon shanks and 3/4-length nylon insoles provide torsional rigidity to stabilize your feet. Vibram® rubber outsoles provide lightweight performance without compromising on grip or stability. Made exclusively for REI by Merrell.
- REI refers to the men's version