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Rugged Outback Waterproof Hikers

rated 2.0 of 5 stars

These shoes are great for anyone who wants a durable and comfortable shoe. I have used these shoes for both backpacking trips and short hikes, and they worked well on all the trips. I recommend these for any avid hiker or backpacker as a comfortable shoe!


  • These shoes are very durable and very comfortable.
  • The construction of these shoes is very well done and they have lasted through intense wear.
  • The sole design on the bottoms makes it easy to grip onto gravel, rocks, or dirt.


  • Some of the stitching is falling out, but doesn't seem to be affecting the shoe.

I found these in my basement after a couple of years and they fit so I kept them. They are very good shoes that are extremely comfortable to wear, and they work well in the field.

Working in the outdoor industry I am constantly on the search for a good pair of shoes. These fit the bill! I have taken them for long spins and they are very supportive on my feet. They also support my arch, which is nice. The design is cool and reminds me of a velociraptor from the tread design, and the leather is a nice, durable touch.

I recommend these shoes to any hiker looking to get a durable and comfortable pair of shoes. I imagine the price was pretty reasonable as well if I remember from when I got them.

Source: Found them in my basement!

I bought these boots at Payless Shoe Source, and added some "gel-air" insoles. They are made of waterproof synthetic leather which seems pretty tough, gives good ankle support, and are really waterproof, but breathability is another issue.

They breathe, but not very fast, but I find that a good insole, good combination of socks and foot powder, plus gelling your feet with alcohol before you hike, all work well to reduce moisture and odor.

They are pretty durable (probably not as tough as real leather), but I have never used them in any extreme conditions where tear, puncture, or heat resistance etc. could be determined. With good insoles and socks they are comfortable for a full day's wear and also suitable for backpacking with moderate loads. Be sure to powder them when you take them off!

The lug sole has great traction and is also very durable and bonded well too. Definitely a great value for those who do not think you need to be rich to enjoy the outdoors.

Materials: Synthetic Leather
Use: rough trail, moderate loads
Break-in Period: several days
Weight: 2.5 lbs
Price Paid: $15.99

Only had boots for three months and the front sole is coming off. I have been wearing work boots for well over 30 years and as far as I'm concerned I just wasted 60 bucks. Let's see if Rugged Outback will honor the boots and send me another pair.


  • They look great


  • Seem to have some bad glue that is supposed to hold the sole to boot

I JUST lost 60 bucks. The sole has come unglued. Seems there was some bad glue used. Let's see if Rugged Outback will honor their boots. I only had these boots for three months and now they are junk.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $59

Heel collapsed in less then two months, no support. Soles wear a lot faster then they should, will never buy these again.


  • Awesome ankle support
  • Laces comfortably to foot
  • Lightweight


  • No support
  • Weak heel structure
  • Soles wear fast, not for trekking at all

In the fifteen years I drove truck this is the first time I've had any issues with the Rugged Outback brand. Have always liked this brand, but was sadly disappointed by these boots.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $39.99

Look deceivingly good with a thick treaded sole that looks the business for trekking and rigorous outback walking.


  • Look deceivingly good
  • Look to be a bargain


  • Heel split on the side the 2nd time worn so a whooshing sound with every step!!
  • Soles split right across on both shoes after 10 times worn and this was just wearing to the shops not trekking!!

My advice: Do not buy these shoes.

Was really pleased getting them out of the box. Looked really well made and just the job!! I nearly bought another pair straight away — soooo glad I didn't!!

Was going to send them back but wont waste more money for a replacement pair.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 17gbp

Best boots ever!


  • Warm
  • Waterproof
  • Comfy
  • Sporty looking


  • None

I've had my boots for about 20 years. They're finally pooping out on me. My most favorite boots. Warm, rugged waterproof. I bet I can't get the same quality now a days. I think I paid $30 at the time.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $30

Would never touch these again — total waste of money. Heel collapsed and the sole left the shoe second time out.


  • Looks OK


  • Not fit for purpose

Do not bother buying these shoes. You will be disappointed. Read the other reviews.

Source: bought it new

Lasted less than two months before they stared to fall apart. Had to replace them in less than 4 months.


  • Junk

Source: bought it new

Lasted less than two months. The whole heel collapsed. Throw in the garbage...


  • Price


  • Quality is very poor

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $58

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