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Vasque Snowblime UltraDry

user rating: 5 of 5 (5 reviews)

I was hesitant to try these at first, thinking these would be too heavy and tiresome to wear. Boy, was I wrong!

Reasons to Buy

  • Waterproof/breathable
  • Crampon and snowshoe compatable
  • Warm
  • Comfortable
  • Great ankle support

I wanted to do some snow hiking and winter backpacking this year, which meant I needed a pair of boots that were up to the challenge without breaking the bank. I didn't want something too clunky and heavy on my feet, but they needed to be durable, warm, and able to accommodate crampons and snowshoes. Enter the Vasque Snowblime! Even though I'm on my third pair of Hi-Tec Altitude VI's because I love them so much, I am familiar with Vasque's good reputation and quality, so I decided to try their brand of boots.

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Danner 453 GTX

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6 reviews)

I have had my Danner 453 for 11 years and it's finally time to replace them: with another pair.

Reasons to Buy

  • Long lasting if treated correctly: Clean and apply Danner boot dressing to condition them etc.

Reasons to Avoid

  • First/original laces are short-lived due to sharp eyelets. After replacement of originals with Danner laces I've had no problems

I bought my pair of 453's in December of 2010. I wear them to work several times a week, on hunting, fishing, and hiking trips, and I wore them almost exclusively for the three years I was in Germany to explore all over Europe due to the diverse terrain (castles, vineyards, steep trails, cobblestone city streets etc.) and the unpredictable weather. These boots have been solid performers, keeping my feet dry and warm while providing outstanding support and traction over a wide range of streets, trails, and footpaths.

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La Sportiva Synthesis Mid GTX

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5 reviews)

I didn't expect to like these boots, but I do. A lot. They are constructed such that they feel like they're wrapped around my feet. The footbed is plush. The stiff Vibram sole and shoe construction provide for a very stable shoe. The new Gore-Tex Surround lives up to the promise of being waterproof with sufficient ventilation to keep my feet dry. I fully expect them to live up to the promise of being suitable for hiking all types of terrain, with light packs, or as bomber trail runners. They're fairly expensive and hard to find.

Reasons to Buy

  • Waterproof
  • Very comfortable
  • Plush footbed
  • Innovative lacing
  • Durable
  • Not a cheap boot

Reasons to Avoid

  • Waterproof
  • They do not use standard laces
  • May be hot in the heat of the summer
  • Hard to find
  • Not a cheap boot

The Company: La Sportiva is an Italian company that has been making boots and shoes since 1920, and in WWII they began making mountaineering boots for soldiers. They have a long history of excellent craftsmanship and innovation, and a great reputation among mountaineers, trail runners, and long-distance hikers. The New Gore-Tex Liner: La Sportive and Gore-Tex claim the new Surround technology provides 360 degree breathability. In addition to venting thru the tops and sides, they have the ability to vent out of the insoles.

Read more: La Sportiva Synthesis Mid GTX reviews (5)

Keen Targhee Vent Mid

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3 reviews)

All-day comfort for wide feet in a lightweight hiking boot. Still holding up after a year and half and an estimated 350 km / 250 miles of use. Best for hiking in mostly dry conditions.

Reasons to Buy

  • Comfort
  • Reasonably durable for a lightweight boot
  • Price

Reasons to Avoid

  • Wet easily and dry slowly

I picked up my Targhees on a sale table at an outdoor retailer sometime during my last couple of months in Tucson in 2018. That summer they saw some use on day hikes and a four-day hike in Colorado before I brought them home to Norway. Since I have the breathable but non-waterproof version of the boots they are not well adapted to Norway’s “moist” climate, but since they are relatively light and very comfortable I have used them for several day hikes here and on two longer backpacking trips and some day hikes on a recent trip to Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

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Lowa Camino GTX

user rating: 4 of 5 (8 reviews)

I’ve found the Lowa Camino GTX to be sturdy, comfortable boots good for use on the toughest terrain. The Flex lacing system allows you to tailor the fit however you want it. Excellent support is provided by a firm midsole and thick leather uppers. The Vibram AppTrail sole gives excellent traction on most surfaces.

Reasons to Buy

  • Comfort
  • Construction
  • Lacing system
  • Support
  • Traction

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price
  • Weight

Over Labor Day weekend of 2017 I went to the closest REI to replace my Asolo Fugitive GTX that had become too worn out for use in rough terrain. I decided I might as well try on some different boots since I was there. When I slipped my feet into the Lowa Camino GTX they were more comfortable than any boots I’d had on my feet before. I bought them even though they were $60 more than the Fugitives I’d planned on buying, along with a pair of footbeds.  The next day I wore them on a pretty flat 2-3 mile hike with a friend, and other than having to adjust the laces a couple times because the roller eyelets make them easy to overtighten I had no problems with them.

Read more: Lowa Camino GTX reviews (8)

Asolo Stynger GTX

user rating: 4 of 5 (7 reviews)

I just had to write a review for these after reading a recent negative review given to the Men's version, The Fugitive, by Trailspace member Cody Rayl. Mr. Rayl had numerous problems with several pairs of Asolo Fugitives. I wanted to let everyone know that my Styngers will be the third pair of Asolo boots I own -- they have always been high quality. Actually, my last pair, the Fusion (I think) isn't even worn out, I just loved the style of the Stynger and HAD to get the red/clay colored version.I have had NO problems with this pair of Styngers.

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Salomon X Ultra Mid 3 Aero

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

The Salomon X Ultra Mid 3 Aero's are my "tweeners." They perfectly fill the gap between my low-top Salomon X Ultra 3 and my Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX hiking/backpacking footwear. Featherlight, cushiony comfort, wraparound support and Gecko-like grip make these my favorite for hiking and backpacking when pack weights are 35 lbs. or less.

Reasons to Buy

  • Renown Salomon construction
  • Wraparound support
  • Great cushioning
  • Gecko-like Contra-grip
  • Lightweight
  • Allows substantial airflow
  • Heel and toe bumper protection

Reasons to Avoid

  • At times, Pros can be Cons...Allowing substantial airflow also means small particles of sand and dirt migrate through...hasn't caused difficulty other than filthy socks.

                                            Salomon X Ultra Mid 3 Aero   I should add the disclaimer that I own a vast number of hiking shoes and boots—not rivaling Imedla Marcos's 3,000 pairs, but when I find a brand that fits like a glove, suit my present needs, and wear like iron, I usually find myself with many pairs. So, I own roughly nine (9) pair of Salomon shoes and boots. Having a narrow foot, the Salomons hug my foot like a mama bear hugs its cubs. without squeezing the blood from them...while giving my toes room to wiggle.

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Oboz Bridger Mid Waterproof

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11 reviews)

A really comfortable mid that can overlap into four seasons. The leather upper is soft and needs little break-in but provides some support, and the sole and midsole do a nice job protecting your feet - but I wouldn't call the midsole cushy. The lacing hardware is sturdier than most. Waterproof membrane makes them a good choice for rain and mud. Overall, a nice boot.

Reasons to Buy

  • Comfort
  • Waterproof
  • Deep sole treads
  • Well made, should be durable
  • Insoles

Reasons to Avoid

  • Laces untie easily

With five months of hiking and walking under the treads, it's time to review the Bridger. This is a mid-high boot, all leather, but soft on the outside—nubuck. My size 11.5 pair weighs 2 pounds 13 ounces. I have been using them everywhere but got them as a change of pace for my heavier Limmer boots when I train with 40-60 pounds on my back. I used a discount at REI, so they set me back about $115.   Fit/Comfort These fit true to size. My feet are pretty wide in the front, and the toe box works well with a reasonably thick sock.

Read more: Oboz Bridger Mid Waterproof reviews (11)

Hanwag Ancash II GTX

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

I'm reviewing the Hanwag Ancash II GTX which are Gore-Tex lined boots, and in their straight fit extra fitting.

Reasons to Buy

  • Fit
  • Height
  • Traction
  • Full rand
  • Lace locks
  • Feel like slippers

Reasons to Avoid

  • So far nothing to note

I got these to replace my 1 year old Altberg Kisdon boots as the tread has worn down and are now slippy in the mud. Not worth getting re-soled as although still waterproof they have a couple splits developing one external by my toe bend and one internal back of the heel. Fit: plenty of toe room either side of the big toes and little toes and good volume. They feel similar in fit to my last boots the Altberg Kisdon G fit. The Hanwag having a little more room still especially in front of the big toe.

Read more: Hanwag Ancash II GTX review (1)

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