I decided to buy these after hearing about the great fit of "traditional" hiking boots. I have a pair of Gore-Tex-lined glued-up rubber-randed Lowas. They are great when I hike in the wet or snow, but I wanted another pair for dry conditions. After researching all of the Norwegian welted leather-lined boots available in my size, I bought these from Schuh-keller.com in Germany (the only place I could find that sells these boots and will ship to the USA). Han Wag boots have a great reputation among serious hikers/climbers in Germany, and make several traditional boots. This model is very hard to find, and is not even listed on Han Wag's website.
Having said all that, it was worth the extra time and trouble. The fit and feel are fantastic! The leather lining really does form to your feet, and the Norwegian welt (instead of a rubber rand) lets the boot flex unrestricted. I rubbed in Limmer boot grease when they were brand new, and they repel water just fine, although I avoid unnecessary soakings. Get these boots, or ones like them, and I promise you a treat.
Materials: leather, inside and out
Use: rough trail to midweight backpacking
Break-in Period: none
Weight: ~3.5 lbs? (size 13 UK)
Price Paid: 170 EU ($149)
Perfect boots for trekking in mountain terrain with heavy pack.
I've used on many trips trough the Alps, on rocky slopes and on icy snowfields.
I've them for ten years now and start showing their age.
I use them about three days a week, and in cold periods every day.
They are waterproof when you put on a little Snoseal every once and a while.
The Vibram soles are very dureable, but a bit slippery on wet steep rocks, but they will hold you when you place your feet right.
When they still make them when I need new boots, I will buy them again.
Use: rough trail with heavy pack
Break-in Period: couple of weeks
Price Paid: Fl 300,- (about $170)
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