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Reviewers Paid: $140.00-$190.00
Look, there is not a better boot I have ever worn in my entire life. As the other reviewer here said, I too felt soreness on my ankles becuase of the plastic strap, but that went away after about 3 weeks. You don't just buy a pair of boots then go on a 8 mile hike, then complain they make your feet sore. These are not basketball shoes but rugged thick, serious hiking boots made for protecting your feet. They require at least a 3 week break in if not more.
These boots are silent, I could sneak past a dog with them. I can ride a motorcycle with them. I can walk all day in the city with them. I can hike with them. I can climb sharp rocks witht them. I honestly can't believe how versitle these boots are, they are never clumsy even tho they are so big. The rubber wrap around is amazing I can kick in door or kick just about anything and not hurt my foot and large rocks never pose a threat.
Basically my favorite pair of boots for all time. Comfortable, quiet, super traction, strong, stable(espically stable), great for weak ankles, I could go on and on. Too bad they don't make them anymore I would but a 2nd pair to have for another 6 years like these.
I have owned Merrel's and Technica's proior to these boots so I have an idea what makes a good boot.
Materials: Leather, Gortex, Rubber
Use: Heavy trail boots
Break-in Period: long time
Price Paid: $140 on closeout
In the store they felt great, but once I got out on the trail (Cloud Peak Wilderness) I began to feel a nagging pressure toward the front of my ankles. This appears to be caused by the wrap-around plastic support that goes around the ankle and connects to the heel of the boot. After seven or eight miles it became painful, and I was forced to wrap a piece of cloth around my ankle to cushion against this point. I've tried different lacing schemes without success. For short hikes the boot performs well. It is certainly waterproof. I like the pulley lacing system. If it wasn't for the ankle pressure I'd love these things. As it is, I'm half tempted to cut off that plastic support and see what happens.
Use: backpacking, rough trail
Break-in Period: two weeks
Price Paid: $190