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I've had these boots for almost 4 years, I really lucked out because they fit like a glove the first time I wore them. The soles have held up well, still nice and sticky on rock. I've used them in all kinds of conditions, from 14er trips in Colorado to rainforest in WA, and I've been pleased with them. Would definitely buy them again.
Use: rough trail/light mountaineering
Break-in Period: none!
Price Paid: $150
all I have say is this boot kicks. The one piece tongue is good because it doesn't allow water in on stream crossings and when ankle deep in mud.
with my feet the way they are I always end up w/ blisters at the end of the day, not with these boots. they held up to anything i threw at them.
balls to the wall W/ this boot well woth the $$$.
Use: mountain climbing & backpacking in high peaks region of ADK's
Break-in Period: 2 months
Price Paid: org. $210 but on sale $180
I have used these boots for long days hikes, backpacking trips, moderate rock, and easy mountaineering. They have worked well under all conditions, and are stiff enough for strap-on crampons. The sole is very grippy but durable, and edges well. The ankle support is good for very heavy packs off trail.
Overall, a very nice boot at a good price.
Use: Rough Trail, Light Mountaineering
Break-in Period: Two 30-mile hikes
Weight: 3 lbs
Price Paid: $160 on sale
This boot is the BOMB!! once you break the damb thing in your a climbing fool! Step-in spikes are no problem. I've even climb some 3+ ice in NH with them.
Use: heavy backpacking, mountaineering, light vertical ice
Break-in Period: 50 miles
Weight: she's good an heavy
Price Paid: $200
This boot is great. They took awhile to break in... buy them way ahead of the time of your trip. Were uncomfortable across the front of the foot at first, but after they broke in, they feel like sneakers. I live in the Northeast and am always walking through the snow and rain with them... totally waterproof. An all-around fabulous boot, no matter the price.
Use: rough trail w/heavy pack
Break-in Period: 50 miles
Weight: approx. 3lbs
Price Paid: $220
The one-piece leather, norweigan welt, and full-length steel shank make this a simple, strong, comfortable boot that will outlast many fancy competitors. Vibram sole.
Use: Mountaineering, Rough trail w/ heavy pack
Break-in Period: 35 - 50 miles, depending on your walk style
Price Paid: $200 (USA)
Great all around boot. Comfortable.
Works well with strap on crampons.
Use: Mountaineering, rough trail w/ heavy pack
Break-in Period: about 40 miles
Weight: dont know
Price Paid: $200 (US)
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