Salomon X-Adventure 7
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I'm a boot sales persons nightmare! After trying several boots on at a local retailer I finally decided on the Salomon X-ADV 7. The boot fit extremely well from the start.
The boots have a waterproof exteriour utilizing leather and plastic. The plastic ensures a secure fit across the top of the foot, eliminating any slipping. The laces tighten with no effort at all, making lacing adjustments very easy.
The soles are very aggresive in design, translating into extremely good traction up hill and down. Stiffness is quite high , this boot could be used for serious backpackers. The boot interiour has a dry fit material called Clima Dry which seems to work well, although my feet did get a little warm but still comfortable.
These boots fit so well, I did a 18 km hike the very next day without any break-in. I would highly recommend the Salomon X ADV to anyone looking for a good quality no hassel boot.
Glenn Stante, Alberta Canada
Materials: Leather/ Plastic
Use: Full blown hiking w/heavy pack
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 3.5 lbs/ pr
Price Paid: $200 cdn
I just emerged from the brief break-in period of these comfy boots. The construction is holding up well, and they're pretty comfy. They could use a bit more cushion under the ball of the foot--a little bruising there, but not a major pain issue. A few blisters on my last 14-mile woods hike, but it was mostly my own fault for not stopping to dry out my feet & socks every now and then. My heel locks in well on downhills. I would buy these again. (The "saddle shoe" look is actually pretty stylin'!)
Materials: Nubuck leather/nylon fabric/plastic
Use: trail backpacking
Break-in Period: 20 miles
Price Paid: $169
these boots are awesome! they are the first pair of hikers that i can actually say fit! they are very comfy and feel great even after a long hike scrambling, hiking miles of beach, or climbing straight up. they have a nifty self holding lace system, so when you tighten them they stay tight! i used to have a pair of asolo's but my X's cat pissed on them. and no matter what i did could not get the smell out !(also very happy with those) Salomon is KING!!!
Materials: mostly leather but some plastic(tightening mechanism)
Use: used up and down west-coast
Break-in Period: go from box!
Weight: fairly light
Price Paid: $180 (can.)
These boots are sheer heaven. No break-in time required. Excellent traction. So comfortable my feet feel like they are in bedroom slippers while climbing steep, wet rocks with ease. Well worth every penny. (I originally tried to replace my old leather Raichles with a cheaper pair of boots and was very unhappy with the result.) Be kind to your feet!
Materials: Leather, plastic, and Clima-Dry (like gore-tex?)
Use: rough, long day hiking and some backpacking
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $137
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Reviewers Paid: $137.00-$169.00