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St. Elias GTX

rated 2.5 of 5 stars These feel like great boots, though a little on the heavy, beefy side as others have noted. However, they failed me when I needed them. I broke in the St. Elias boots dutifully over several hikes before an 11-day mule-supported Sierra Club trip in 2017 on the John Muir Trail in the Sierras. Fortunately for me, Day 1 was a warm-up dayhike to Mono Pass above Little Lakes Valley. These great-fitting, waterproof boots changed the toe crease when it rained heavily and soaked the leather outer for the… Full review

St. Elias GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Classic leather hiking boot, made with modern materials. Seems to run small. I wear an 11 in most shoes/boots. Had to exchange for an 11 1/2.  I wear the Salomon X Ultras most of the year, but in late fall 2018 in a very wet NY, they soaked through and never dried; I was very happy to have bought camp shoes. I realized I needed a heavier waterproof boot for wet days with nights in the low twenties, and that I should carry gaiters.  The boot has a sewn toe guard, which is great because many glued… Full review

Snowblime UltraDry

rated 5 of 5 stars I would recommend them. Very comfortable shoe from the first wearing. The toe box is generous, the size is true, and they keep my feet warm and dry all day. Full review

Clarion GTX

rated 2 of 5 stars Purchased these in 2010. 5 stars until yesterday during Hurricane Florence, both soles split apart. Boots have had very light duty—no overnight trips—and now I find in other reviews this is a common problem! Almost wore them on difficult NC mountain hike last week. Glad I wore my Raptors! Will not replace with Vasque. I would have rated these five stars for fit, comfort, support, water tight, and stability on all surfaces. However with both soles falling apart while walking and clearing drains… Full review

Breeze III

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great boot for summer hot weather hikes. I have the Breeze 3 and also the Goretex version. There is no comparison as the Breeze 3 breaths much better than the Goretex version. I wear a size 13 1/2 so I use a 14 in all hiking boots. For me the fit is great. I don't find the Breeze 3 hot at all but the Gortex version is. I have several hiking and mountaineering boots. The Breeze is great for day hikes, but I wouldn't use it for packing in the Sierras high country. Full review

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