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Historic Range: $43.00-$86.00
Reviewers Paid: $34.00-$89.00
Historic Range: $34.40-$86.00
Reviewers Paid: $89.00
I've had a pair of these for 10 years now, and they have only just fallen apart after wearing them around the world a couple times. I am definitely going to buy another pair.
Sloppy fit due to bulky padding. Actually climbing in these is pretty laughable. Pretty comfortable around town though. Reports of durability problems abound. I haven't had problems with mine; although, I don't wear them very much... I can't really recommend these. Try the FiveTen Guide Tennies if you really need a sneaker that you can climb in. Or the Montrail D7.
Materials: leather, Stealth rubber sole
Use: approaches, around town
Break-in Period: little if any
Price Paid: $80
They are not totally useless if you want something to go to the store in. I had the shoes for just a little while. Did some crinoid research (well, I just found the little guys) in the Tetons. They fell apart after only one trip in the scree field. The tongue slips all over the place. My foot does not like the feel anymore.
Not a good pair of shoes. The craftmanship is horrible. Stitching came out after a few uses. I have had K-Mart shoes outlast these pieces. Really just cheap construction. Five Ten cut corners now that I look at them. Maybe their other shoes are good. But, I wouldn't get these guys.
Materials: leather and nylon
Use: climbing, mountain use
Break-in Period: 2 days
Weight: 2 pounds about, who knows
Price Paid: $34
Not for backpacking. Great grip. Did I say not for backpacking?
Long lasting ''shoe''.
Great shoe for a trail shag!
Price Paid: $89
The shoes are chunky, with a thick Stealth rubber sole, toe cap and rand. I have used them in the Northeast for day hiking and bouldering. They are very good on Adirondack slides as well as rocky trails.
I added a Spenco foot pad to the boot, in addition to the one supplied with the shoe. I have a pinched nerve in my right foot and require the use of an orthotic. With all the additions, this is the most comfortable day hiker I have owned in years.
I own the 1999 model (orange trim); purchased from REI mail order.
Materials: Low cut leather / fabric
Use: Day hiking
Break-in Period: Short
Weight: 2 lbs 4 oz
Price Paid: $89
I was fortunate enough to pro-deal a pair of these approach shoes and let me tell you...I like 'em alot!!!
Some of the approach shoes I've tried on in the past have either felt too much like a boot or wimpy like a lightweight running shoe. This shoe is a happy medium. It's beefy yet it doesn't feel clunky. Would make a great addition to anyone's collection.
I highly recommend using a pair of Thorlos or similiar type of sock. Also, because these shoes are made out of leather, your feet will get warm quick. But other than that a great shoe!
Materials: Split Leather
Use: Approach or Day Hiking
Break-in Period: One day
Price Paid: about $36 (pro-deal)