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Reviewers Paid: $100.00
This is the only pair of hiking boots I have ever owned so take that into consideration.
My father bought these boots for me 10 years ago and they have lasted great! I have experienced blisters on my heels, however I'm reasonable sure they were because of my sock choice.
This last year the boots have begun to breakdown. The liner on top of the toes has permanently wrinkled causing blistering at the boots natural breaking point.
I have no major qualms with these boots and certainly love the support they provide. It speaks volumes that they have lasted so long.
Price Paid: ?
Buying boots for me is a very expensive guessing game. Some models feel great in the store, then give me serious heal blisters later on. I have 3 or 4 pairs fairly new pair of hiking boots, just sitting in the closet. Each time I tell myself "I just need to buy a better quality boot"
I tried to find the cheapest good quality goretex boot I could find. The problem is "thats exactly what I found".
This is a very high quality boot. Heavy duty sturdy construction.
I thought I had them all broken in: wore them every day for a month and took them on 2 short hikes -they felt great! Then for my 35-mile backpacking trip, they decided to rear their ugly heads.
MAJOR HEAL BLISTERS I say, ruined the whole trip for me -even with an extra pair of socks on. Had to finished the rest of the trip in a lightweight running sho I luckily brought along which were torn to shreds from the nasty rock trail.
I don't know if my particular shape of foot isn't compatible w/this boot? -or if they need an extra year of breaking in?
Any boot experts out there?
Materials: leather & goretex
Use: rough trail w/heavy pack
Break-in Period: who knows?
Price Paid: $100