User Review: The North Face Men's Jannu GTX
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £109
Disappointing. Lack build quality. Let in wet. Lack durability.
- Good fit.
- Good support.
- Good grip on a variety of surfaces.
- Poorly made.
- Sole separating from main boot.
- Protective rubber around lower boot peeling away.
- Let in the wet.
I bought these boots just over two years ago from Castle Mountain and Moor in Nottingham. They were a slightly higher spec than was looking for but after trying them on I was immediately impressed and decided they would be ideal for me to take on more demanding walks.
They were comfortable from the outset and took no breaking in. I went on a few good hikes and had no discomfort whatsoever: no pressure points, great traction and super ankle support. My feet were warm in cold weather though perhaps tended towards being hot in warm weather but not too uncomfortable. I really thought I'd found the ideal boot.
It didn't last! After just a few walks the quick lace hooks became loose and spun on the rivet. As they remained in place and held fast I wasn't unduly perturbed. However as time went on I noted the protective rubberised strip around the body of the boot started separating from the leather, the union of the main sole to the boot split and the tread under the right toe area which is raised to allow the foot to role onto it has started to separate from the main sole. on top of this the boots have started to let in the wet.
None of my walks have been particularly demanding or over difficult terrain so I'm very disappointed. As I retained the receipt I took them back to the retailer but the assistant was unsympathetic, showed a complete lack of interest and merely cited the two year manufacturers warranty had expired.
Frankly these boots look good but are clearly not up to the task and certainly don't warrant the claims made by the manufacturer regarding their rugged build and the type of demanding hikes and treks they are supposed to be made for.