User Review: REI Men's Spirit III GTX
Use: Hiking very rough terrain with a medium pack
Break-in Period: A couple of weeks
Weight: 3-4 lbs ea.
Price Paid: $189
Bought a pair of size 12's two months ago for hiking on the island of Guam. The boots looked nice and appeared to be very tough and well built, their appearance was deceiving. The terrain here is very rough with lots of sharp limestone, coral, and weathered lava rock.
The first day I scraped the sides, cut up the soles and wore completely through the soles in the arch area of both boots. Within a week the soles were beginning to separate. Now after two months hiking between 2 and 7 miles 2-3 days a week the soles are separating and cut to pieces. The boots are next to useless.
The boots fit well, and felt good, but they did take some getting used to. I've developed lots of blisters in the last couple of months, but that's probably mostly attributed to breaking in my feet rather than the fault of the boots.
I contacted REI about warranty and/or repair and was informed there was no warranty and that REI doesn't repair boots. They did offer me the number of a cobbler in Seattle WA. I won't buy another pair for hiking, but they'd be a fine choice if you trekking is limited to the mall.