Raichle Mountain Trail XT GTX
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Historic Range: $129.95-$199.99
Reviewers Paid: $100.00-$190.00
I just bought my second pair a few months ago and love them. I had bought the similar boots to these back in 2004, and they were the greatest boots i owed.
I'm an avid hiker/backpacker and also a siding/framing contractor and I wore these boots every day about 6 months out of the year. A few times I bought regular work boots so I could save these ones for hiking only but always trashed the other boots within 6 months and keep going back to my Raichles.
I've had Georgia, Danner, and Wolverine work boots and not one of them lasted more than 6-8 months before there were holes in the leather, the triple stitching worn out, and the sole coming off in chunks. I'm really hard on my footwear, but some of these boots were in the $250-$325 range, and I would have thought they would last for a couple years at least. The Raichle backpacking boots I bought in 2004 aren't even totally worn out, but I found a new pair 40% off so I had to buy them.
The ankle support is awesome, while still giving you unrestricted movement. The soft leather ankle hugs your leg but never too tight. The soles grip everything from rocks, mud, roofing, wood and more.
These are the only boots I will ever buy. They are reasonably priced and last forever!
Price Paid: $100
I purchased these boots in early 2006. I see that they have changed the model slightly. But, I LOVE these boots.
I work outdoors in oil and gas exploration and carry heavy loads (30#+) at times in all terrains and these boots are a dream to wear! They fit like a glove, are waterproof, and need very little break-in time. They have great traction and have handled every situation I've been in with ease.
The rubber rands protect the boot from sharp rocks and tree limbs. The padded collar and ankle support feel wonderful and hug my foot like a glove. I never developed blisters while wearing these boots. They are beginning to show some wear on the leather (it's time for me to treat them).
The only problem I have had so far is the quick lacing off-set hooks at the ankle on my left boot broke off after the laces got tangled in some downed tree limbs and I yanked too hard to free myself. Other than that, I have no complaints and would definitely purchase these or other Raichle products again! I have never been more satisfied with a boot/hiker before.
Materials: leather and gore-tex
Use: dayhikes and rough trail
Break-in Period: none
Weight: not sure
Price Paid: $190