Timberland Euro Hiker
I acquired these boots in 2016 as my boot for a big hike around Mt. Blanc in France-Italy. They were excellent for hiking in the mountains and since then I have found them to be excellent for the high desert. They required no break-in period and offered exceptional comfort and functionality.
I have logged over 400 miles and have been very impressed with fit, function, durability, and style. I hope, three years later, that I can get another pair with similar results.
- Comfortable, even over 12 miles
- Durable over 400 miles
- Stable, no injuries
- Not waterproof over 1/2" of water, but very water resistant
I have been hiking in these boots for over three years. Venues include Mont Blanc (eight-day trek), Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Tahoe Basin, the Sierra (eastern at Mammoth Lakes and western near Lake Tahoe and the Donner Summit) and Sonoma Coast. Most of the hundreds of miles of training/hiking has been in the Sierras (between June and August) and they have been outstanding. Have also worn them during 8-10 mile vineyard/state park hikes in California.
The daily mileage has ranged from 8-12 miles and the hours in the boot has ranged from 5-8 hours. They are perfect in warmer weather and very lightweight. The fit is true to size and quite cushy while providing exceptional gripping capability whether you are on rock or in "slidey" conditions.
The arch support is very stable with a steel shank. They offer a bit of environmental consciousness with the laces which are made of 100% recycled plastic bottles (PET).
Cleaned up after last hike (above)
These boots are something to talk about. They are very comfortable with little or no break-in time. The water resistance is great, being in 6 inches of snow for several hours and feet were still dry. The traction is good and I had little slippage.
Clean up nicely with Mink Oil or Polish.
Good, practical, leather hiking boots.
I have worn many different products, but these remain my favorite hiking boots!
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I kept the product after testing.)
Comfort and durability wrapped up in one, but oh so much more.
- Great fit
- Very durable
- Break in needed
These boots are something to talk about. They are very comfortable with little break-in time. The ankles are stiff but soften as you wear them. The fit is true to size and has a generous toe box. I have high arches and there is plenty of support. The water resistance is great, being in 6 inches of snow for several hours and feet were still dry. The traction is good and I had little slippage.
Nothing fancy just good, practical, leather boots.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $79
Not the best shoe ever but maybe the best for the money, particularly if you can find a discontinued style or color.
Felt comfortable the first day. Mostly broken in the next day and comfortable enough for all day use by day three. Good support and a very soft tongue.
Unlike other multi-purpose shoes in this type, work, hiking, walking, the Timberlands seem at home doing all three.
All in a recommendation for the light day hiker or work boot without the steel toe.
Break-in Period: 1-3 days
I got these boot on sale and at first I was not sure I had gotten my money's worth. The break-in was quite hard on my feet but I don't use shoes all that often so that has something to do with it (I live in the tropics). Since then I have put 150-200 miles of city and rough trail walking on them. other than replacing the insoles with a set of superfeet (I have had the superfeet for years) these boots have been great. On-trail hiking here in Hawaii can and does often qualify as off trail. It's rough enough that it can take 5 hours to hike 7 miles. No blisters and no bruised feet.
Materials: Light weight all leather
Use: Tough trail
Break-in Period: 2-3 weeks
Weight: 2 lbs 10 oz
Price Paid: $65 on sale
I'm a big guy at 6'4", 275lbs. It takes a lot to find a pair of boots that fit. These are not the ones! They took forever to break-in and once broken-in they were still uncomfortable. I bought a good insole and that helped a little but not enough. I'm going to try Vasque next.
Use: Day Hiking & med. pack
Break-in Period: 2 weeks
Weight: 3 lbs(approx)
Price Paid: $100 US
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