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Reviewers Paid: $149.00
I wore a pair nearly everyday from fall of 1997 through winter 2004. I am a geologist and they provide excellent traction and ankle support as well as being totally waterproof up until today.
The only problem was when I first got them I wore them on a hike and almost killed my feet because they weren't broken in.
Materials: leather gore-tex
Break-in Period: 2 weeks
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Initial break-in was a killer! My tib/fib felt like somebody tapped on my leg with a ballpeen hammer for a looooong time. But now that they're broken-in, they are real comfy. Kinda slippery on wet surfaces, but I guess most stuff is. Good laces. Roomy toebox that I like when it comes time to do some downhilling. Lateral support is great for my sometimes-weak ankles. I just hope long-term durability is what everyone told me it should be.
Use: light pack, loose sidehills
Break-in Period: Guesstimated 5 miles
Price Paid: $149