Tecnica Voyager TCY
Materials: leather kevlar
Use: hiking,light backpacking
Break-in Period: 2 weeks around town
Weight: 3 lbs or so
Price Paid: $180
I have been very impressed with these boots for the most part. The kevlar and rubber coated leather needs very little upkeep compared to leather boots. They give lots of support for their weight. I have had these for almost a year now and have put quite a few miles on them. They have been worn in Colorado and in the Appalachains of NC. I have been up a glacier in them and been on a very icy trip up in the Smokies.
I agree with the usage specified by tecnica though. The sole is not stiff enough for heavy backpacking or for step kicking up a glacier. They worked though. The only problem I have with them is the rubber coating on the leather is coming off which realy isn't a big deal. Also they can get a little toasty in the summer. Great extremely comfortable boot. I would recommend trying this one out.
Materials: Keprotec (Kevlar)
Use: Rough trail
Break-in Period: A day on campus
Price Paid: $170
I have had so much trouble finding boots that fit my funky feet. My arches are very high, and my heels quite thin so everything fits poorly and evntually hurts my feet. Now I have Tecnicas and my dogs feel no pain. These boots are extremely waterproof (and thus very warm), but still feel like tennis shoes on your feet. The support these give around the ankles is unbelievable. They feel like ski boots, yet they are the most comfortable shoes I own. Unfortunately, they are also the ugliest shoes I own. On the trail it makes no difference to me if people think I stole them from Marvin The Martian, because this product works. It will be interesting to see how long these "bulletproof" boots last. They get a lot of wear, even if they are hideous.
Use: medium duty backpacking
Break-in Period: almost 0
Weight: 3+ lbs.
Price Paid: US $180
I purchased these boots 1-1/2 years ago, and have been very happy with them. They are stable, sure-footed; they've helped me stay upright when I thought sure I was about to eat mud. Until a week ago I'd have endorsed them wholeheartedly. This weekend, though, I took them out for the usual four mile workout with my sled dogs in an early December rain in Michigan, and I came back with wet feet! Thanks to a couple layers of good socks, I didn't feel the cold, but there were the mudstains on the left toe. It seems both the upper and the TCY barrier were breached. So now I can only say -- this pair's limit was under 500 miles.
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