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Reviewers Paid: $225.00
I've had my Trionics for over seven years when I first got them I knew nothing about boots it was just dumb luck that I got the boots that I did. After the break in (that was a little hard on the feet) they were great. The fit like a glove, they have never given me any leak problems and even after this many years I see no signs of de-lamination. Not counting the break in I can count on one hand the number of blisters they've given me. The workmanship is top draw and the materials have held up well. After seven years though I've finaly worn the lugs down to the point were they served there purpose and are getting retired. I considered re-soling them but notices the beginings of cracks or cuts in the leather near the sole. No complaint though they've served me well and I'm hoping to replace them with there modern version the Fabiano/Scarpa SL. My hats off to Fabiano/Scarpa these boots have served me well, don't let the price bother you you'll get every nickel out of these boots.
Use: On/Off Trail Medium to Heavy Pack
Break-in Period: One to Two Months regular use
Price Paid: $225
Wow- I can't tell you how great this boot has been to me. It takes a few blisters before it gets its "slipper-like" feel. The sole (i love) is very aggresive, and it is little--way stiched. I have scrabbled down a steep rock face with 50lb pack with no worries. The boot treated me well on my 30 day Idaho/Oregon NOLS trip. Nary a blister on my 90+ mile Georgia AT hike. The boot is highly waterproof and extremely breathable.
The shoe is more expensive than Merrell or Vasque. But it is the only boot you'll ever buy (if you take care of your boot- your boot will take care of you!). By the time you wear out 2 pairs of Alpha's or Clarions you could have bought yourselve perhaps the best boot around. I have wanted to buy a Norwegian Welted Fabiano, but don't think i'll ever wear my SL's out. Oh well, i guess i'll have fun trying.
Materials: full-grain sherpa leather
Use: On/Off trail with medium to heavy pack
Break-in Period: 4 long day hikes
Weight: 3lbs 7oz
Price Paid: $225