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Reviewers Paid: $100.00-$300.00
These boots are AMAZING! I have owned them for about 7 years now doing everything from fast 60-mile weekend trips to 20 mile cold-weather Northeast mountain climbs and some nice 100+ weeklong trips. I will attest that once you break them in, these boots are as comfortable as slippers. If you take care of them, they will last in excess of 10 years. As far as fit - I have a wide fore-foot with a narrow heel. I needed a pair of Superfeet insoles and heel-lift, but haven't had a blister on my foot in 5 years! If there were a downside, these boots are quite heavy for those light-weight, fast-packing weekends.
Materials: All Leather, Norwedian welt, Vibram sole
Use: Best for long treks with heavier loads
Break-in Period: As long as you would expect to alter the shape of 8mm thick leather
Price Paid: $300
I have had my Rio's for a year and absolutley loved them. They were my everyday boot beit going to work or going to the trail. The only thing I would suggerst to the company is to upgrade the midsole. My midsole on the boot fell apart after a year and out of warranty and now I have to get the left boot rebuilt. The cobbler showed that it was made out of something that really resembled cardboard.
Use: Every day wear
Break-in Period: 2 weeks
Price Paid: $250
These boots are beautiful. Very comfortable. Doesn't look like they'll ever come apart. A bit heavy for day hiking (though I don't mind and use them every weekend), but perfect for long treks with a heavy pack.
The only boots I like better than my Scarpa Deltas.
Use: General hiking to heavy pack
Break-in Period: 2 months
Weight: About 4 pounds?
Price Paid: $100 on eBay, usually $250 or so.
Great boots! Super comfortable. Break-in period ain't that bad. Would like to know where to find another pair so in about 20 or 30 years if these wear out, I can get more.
Use: rough trail w/ heavy pack.
Break-in Period: two months
Weight: 4 LBS.
Price Paid: around $220-240
Finally a boot that fits my flat, unstable, low volume, size 15 foot. I use these with a superfeet green size G insole dropped right on top of the stock insole.
A very hefty beautifully made boot. Fit me right out of the box. In truth though they have very limited trail time. But my test was a Grand Canyon trip down the Boucher in icy conditions. Very stable underfoot, good sole traction as needed, held an instep crampon also. The proof though is not one blister to show for my wear and tear -- an absolute first for me as I've never owned a pair on boots that didn't give me at least one blister on its maiden voyage.
I'll check in again after some significant miles and should they hold up as well as noted in previous posts, I'll continue my raving.
Materials: Full Grain Leather upper / leather lining
Use: Any and all
Break-in Period: 2 mos. wearing almost daily around town
Weight: 5 lbs per foot
Price Paid: $230
I had the previous version of this model ( Fabiano Ria) for ten years and two resoles. They are cut a little small, but are available all the way up to 16 in 1/2 sizes and in N, M and W. Break-in was a chore and finally I cheated and used mink oil. These boots have leather mid soles that mold to your feet like an orthotic and cushion you from rocks. If you want boots that last a decade instead of a season, try these. As good as Limmers without the wait.
Materials: One piece leather, leather lining and midsole
Use: Heavy Backpacking, Off Trail Hiking, Limited crampoin use
Break-in Period: At least 50 miles
Weight: 4 lbs 3 oz mens
Price Paid: $239