Salomon Revo GCS GTX
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I bought this boot at a close-out price based solely on other reviews and my experience with Salomon gear. My foot specs are size 10, average volume, somewhat narrow heel, moderate arch, and I like an average to wide toe box in all my footwear. Why cramp your toes, eh?
My first impression was that the ankle support was too high, but after walking in them for 10 minutes, the material molded to my ankle and I don't notice it anymore. Second impression was how comfortable the entire boot is.
I first tested these boots on my job in retail--walking four to six miles a day on concrete floors, a real test for footwear. Before these boots, the first thing I'd do after work is take off my shoes and put me feet on an electric foot massager. Now, I usually forget to take the boots off after work, they're that comfortable.
For backpacking, and hiking off trail, they are excellent on my feet. The articulated heel creates a nice rolling effect in addition to being very cushy with good support. That's a great combination. Gore-Tex does it's usual fine job of keeping my feet warm and dry when Oregon skies cut loose. Got stuck in a marsh just below the ankles and there were no leaks, not even at the tongue.
There are no seams anywhere; the inside is very smooth. The Ortholite footbed hasn't much arch support, but for my moderate arch, it's not a problem. I've not yet seen a pack boot with great arch support, but the after market takes care of that.
I do have a somewhat narrow heel and the heel pockets feel a bit wide without thick socks, but that's my individual fit, and like I said, the after market has solutions if I need them.
The only slight negative I can find is the laces. Like nearly every boot I've ever worn, nylon laces always seem to slip apart, even with a double bow. I'll be looking for laces with more friction to replace these.
Also, the lace hook at the ankle bone puts too much pressure on there when laced tight, interestingly enough only at work, but not during backpacking.
All in all, this is a fine value, even at full price. Durability remains to be tested, but this model Salomon is so very comfortable and supportive. I'd buy another pair if they lasted only a year.
Buy this boot if it fits your foot and you will be a happy camper. With all its good qualities, it's still made in China. Too bad, but I guess we can't get away from that these days.
Materials: Gore-Tex and rubber
Use: Backpack, rough off trail, daily wear.
Break-in Period: Abouta twenty seconds
Weight: Specs say under 2 pounds, feels about right.
Price Paid: $100
This review is for the high top (GCS model). My first impression -- very nice! Lightweight, waterproof, comfortable. I haven't put it through a grueling backpacking trip, but believe it will hold up just fine. The weight factor speaks for itself -- impressive. I like the looks, unusual. Never thought I'd purchase a non-leather boot. Nice padding on the high top doesn't feel restrictive and does feel secure. I had to go to a size 13 (normal size is a 12) to fit properly, but no problem. Recommended.
Materials: fabric, "gore-tex"
Use: Day/weekend hikes
Break-in Period: Very brief
Weight: 10 ounces lighter than Montrail Torre GTX
Price Paid: $200
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