Salomon Pro Trek 7
Had my Salomons for a few years, but only done about 20 days of hiking in them and the soles came apart from the upper. I'll never buy another pair of Salomons again.
Use: rough trails, rocky bushwacks, heavy pack
Break-in Period: zero
Price Paid: 130$
The best boots I've ever owned. Breaking time was zero and they lasted me through 2 tree-planting seasons. For the non-planters out there, that's twice as much as a normal "heavy" backpacking boot. Very tough and comfy, a perfect balance of strength and weight.
Use: rough trail with pack, caving
Break-in Period: two weeks
Price Paid: $150
This boot will definitely keep you warm and dry, and it's one of the better boots to get if you have box toes, but you will definitely notice that the soles on this boot aren't Vibram soles. They're great in normal conditions, but I found that traction was quite bad on rocky debris and rock trails covered with light snow or mud.
Materials: Nu-buck uppers
Use: 4 Season
Break-in Period: None
Price Paid: £109
In the U.K. these boots are classed as "4 Season" i.e. they can take a crampon for ice-walking up in the mountains. I have an older pair which have day-glo attachment points for crampons--really cool! Without a doubt, they are the best boots I have ever used. Fantastic.
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