Historic Range: $79.99-$159.00
Reviewers Paid: $84.00-$109.00
I have been trying to lighten load on the trail and I read a review in Backpacker about these boots. I was very skeptical, but I thought I would try since LL Bean has an amazing return policy. So far I have found these boots comfortable, supportive, and very light. I have hiked over varying elevations and terrain from ridge hikes to steep killer and from dry dirt trails to rocky ankler breakers. I carried my daughter in a kid carrier (about 32lbs) and they still felt good.
As for the Gore-tex, all waterproofing wears out after time regardless if it is a jacket, boots, or tent. But when mine go I am going to see about the return policy. So far I really like them.
Materials: leater, fabric, Gore-tex
Use: extended day hikes
Break-in Period: Not long, the leather seemed stiff initially
Weight: little over 2 lbs not completely sure
Price Paid: $90 (had coupons)
Great out of the box fit and finish. Problem, which I've had with every fabric/leather boot, is that the Gore-Tex lining stopped keeping my feet dry after six months. Third such boot I've owned to have this problem. Going back to full on leather boots.
Materials: Gore-Tex Fabric/Leather
Use: Daily runs in the woods with dog
Break-in Period: Zero
Weight: 2.8 lbs
Price Paid: $109
A very comfortable and light hiking boot with the benefit of a Gore-Tex liner. Not the most rugged, and not intended for heavy backpacking, but sooooo comfortable right out of the box. So what if the tread wears more quickly than some; at this price toss em' after you start slipping and get a new pair.
Use: moderate trail with medium/light pack
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 2lbs. 8 oz.
Price Paid: $84
All Gore-Tex Mountain Treads, Mid-Cut versions
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