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Reviewers Paid: $170.00-$180.00
I wouldn't buy these boots again. In fact, Merrell is sending me the Cordillera GTX to replace these. After a few months of use, the sole on one boot began to separate at the toe. My local cobbler (very good one) couldn't fix them. Back to Merrell. Their fix lasted another couple of months. Out came the Shoe Goo 2. That lasted a week. By then, the other toe was begining to come unglued as well.
Well, it was over a year because there was a out of state move in the middle of all this, so I didn't think Merrell would help me out. But finally, after getting my feet soaked in my approach shoes, I got really fed up with seeing these useless boots in my closet, so I called Merrell and they said to send them in. I included a nice letter with the original return # in it asking them to replace them if they couldn't fix them for good. So, now my Cordilleras are in the mail, and we shall see...
If anyone is still thinking about getting a pair, they were very comfortable boots. They were also bombproof waterproof. I loved them when the soles stayed on. Who knows, maybe I just got a bad pair.
Use: rough trails w/ moderate weight, and anytime it's raining in town
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $180
These are by far the best most confortable boots I've had in a very long time. In the last few years I've gone through a pair of One Sport Morraines (wore them out before I wore them in), and a pair of Asolo 535s (too narrow in the toe, and not near beefy enough for backpacking). these Long Trails fall somewhere between the One sports and the Asolos in stiffness, and beat them both hands down in comfort, either under load or running around town.
Use: general backpacking
Break-in Period: right out of box
Price Paid: $150-185