Salomon Explorer GTX
Great boot, totally waterproof. I'm not a fan of pure…
Materials: gore tex
Break-in Period: short, two days of wear is fine honestly.
Price Paid: $155
Great boot, totally waterproof. I'm not a fan of pure leather, so if you're looking for an alternative, this is it. Zero break in time. Very comfortable, no hot spots after a couple 15 mile days. The laces stay tight. The shock absorbing heels are not a gimmick, keeps your feet feeling fresh.
I would recommend these, especially for the price. However, I haven't put a whole lot of miles on these so I can't say much about durability. I will update after I put more miles on them.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The Salomon Explorer GTX hiking boots lighten your load and protect feet while exploring the trail. Long-lasting suede leather and nylon uppers offer flexibility, breathability and lightweight comfort. Seam-sealed Gore-Tex(R) liners offer excellent protection from water yet allow moisture vapor to escape, keeping feet from overheating. Padded, gusseted tongues relieve lace pressure while keeping trail debris and moisture out. Rubber toe caps protect toes and uppers from bumps and abrasion. Self-locking eyelets help keep laces from slipping as the miles tick by; heel loops assist with entry. Wicking polyester linings absorb and disperse excess moisture for comfort. AutoFIT memory foam at heels wraps ankles and feet for a secure, customized fit. Removable Ortholite(R) footbeds add shock absorption; antimicrobial treatment deters odors. Dual-density EVA midsoles absorb shock to supply lasting comfort and support. 2D Advanced Chassis(TM) midsole supports help control twisting on uneven ground and protect feet from sharp stones. Solid traction from Contagrip(R) rubber outsoles keeps you moving across rough surfaces, both wet and dry. Closeout.
- REI refers to the men's version
Good thing you're wearing the Salomon Men's Explorer GTX Hiking Boot, because the weather man was way off this time. Heavy rain pummels you on your should've-been-sunny backpacking trip, but you don't mind so much. Your feet are dry thanks to a seam-sealed Gore-Tex liner and gusseted tongue. AutoFIT memory foam has formed a custom fit around your heel, and EVA midsoles absorb shock with every footstep. Rubber toe caps protect the uppers from stubs and scrapes, while a 2D advanced Chassis midsole guards your underside from sharp stones. Contagrip outsoles give your feet firml traction even though the rocks you're walking on are wet.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version