The North Face Jannu II GTX
Price Paid: 200
The first day i put 8 Km/ 5 miles on them with a 40 lbs pack on my back. The terrian was gravel and flat. They caused hot spots on the inner ball(s) of my feet. They did feel supportive and light, but they are brand new. I think after a decent break in period they will be great.
So i'm going write another review once they are broken in...
Update: June 29, 2010
Well, it's been over a week later and I put close to 40 kms/ 25 miles more on these boots... in one day it was close to 20 kms/ 12.5 miles for single hike. I was along the coast with sharp jagged rocky terrain and beaches. Not a single problem.
I will tell everyone these boots rock!!!! They are completely waterproof and i put that to the test. They also do well in flat out speed walks across urban terrain.
I would recommend these boots to anybody whether it's for day hikes or multi-day treks, in any terrain/ environment. (obviously not the Artic)!!! 5/5 IMO.
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Designed to negotiate technical, varied terrain over the course of multi-day expeditions, this full-leather hiker delivers waterproof, breathable, GORE-TEX performance and technical, X-Frame stability for demanding trail conditions.
- The North Face refers to the men's version
Got some burly, beefy and bodacious treks in mind? The Jannu II GTX hiking boots from The North Face are built just for such endeavors, and handle long, treacherous miles with ease. Rugged uppers utilize the classic 1-piece, full-grain leather construction for ultimate durability and performance; thermoplastic urethane overlays at heels supply support. Gore-Tex(R) waterproof liners let feet breathe while protecting them from the elements, keeping them dry and comfortable. Nylon linings wick moisture away from feet, helping keep them dry and comfortable. Gusseted, padded tongues keep out trail debris and relieve lace pressure; toe caps and heel guards protect toes and uppers from bumps and abrasion. Removable multidensity EVA footbeds offer cushioning and light support. Midsoles feature dual-density polyurethane for lasting cushioning; EVA heel inserts add extra impact absorption and cushioning for greater comfort through long miles. Rigid, full-length nylon shanks control flex and add the stability needed during long slogs with heavy packs. Vibram(R) rubber outsoles handle technical, varied terrain with ease; self-cleaning lugs enhance traction.
- REI refers to the men's version
Classic, technical, full-leather hiker delivers waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex(R) performance and X-Frame(R) stability for demanding trail conditions.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version
Trek way off the beaten path with a heavy pack and superior ankle protection when you wear The North Face Jannu II GTX Backpacking Boot. When your plan is to disappear and find the hidden treasures of the world, ankle injuries become more serious with every unsupported mile. The Jannu II's X-Frame Roll Control stabilizer is the impregnable structure your tired ankles need to prevent sprains that immobilize you fifty miles from the nearest dirt road with a fifty pound pack.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version