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Salomon X-Mountain

rated 4.0 of 5 stars

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With two weeks of wanderind around New Zealands South Island in Autumn and then a 15,000' dry climb of Mt Kinabalu in Borneo a week later comfy boots were going to be a priority.

Having wandered in the local outdoor shop i made my purchase and departed, two weeks later the boots were going strong after sunshine, showers and snow, my feet were dry, toasty and blister free.

The real challenge came with the ascent of Kinabalu, an 9km climb mostly vertical granite faces in some places with rope pulls reqired. 15 hours of treking later the boots were fine and although a little tender, no blisters.

Overall the boots are fab, comfy from day one, waterproof but not sending the temperature of your feet soaringand very very grippy.

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Materials: Plastic/Nubuck
Use: Trekking
Break-in Period: Hours
Weight: 1.6kg
Price Paid: £89.99

Well, "they" said that the X-Mountain and the ADV 7 are the same boot. Tried out both, found that the X-Mountain was slightly bigger fitted and heavier. In addition, the stitching at the heal of the shoe was a bit of a nuisance. The ADV 7 in comparison fit like a glove. From the moment I slipped them on in the store I knew it was the boot to buy after several hours of sole searching. On the trail they are superb comparing to more expensive boots I have owned in the past. No blister yet.

Materials: leather
Use: rough trail
Price Paid: $150 cdn (sale)

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