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Reviewers Paid: $185.00-$210.00
If your feet are brutalized by rocky terrain, then the Liskaams are the boots to have. The full-length shank and sturdy Vibram sole make the bottoms of these boots impervious to rocks and rough terrain.
The Liskaam is crampon compatible and sports a tough yet comfortable all-leather lining on the inside. They provide enough room for my E-width feet but are a little too deep. However, thick insoles solved that problem.
These are not light-weight hikers, weighing in right at 4 lbs. for size 9 1/2 But they will definitly handle anything you can throw at them.
Materials: full grain suede leather
Use: off-trail and mountaineering
Break-in Period: 3 - 4 months
Weight: 4 lbs
Price Paid: $195
The best heavyweight boot I've had yet by a wide margin (previously owned Asolo Ridge and LaSportiva Makalu models). Very well constructed with a calfskin lining. Last compatible with a narrow heel, medium-wide forefoot, low-to-mid volume foot. I had no blisters on break-in or in use on steep trails with a heavy pack. The boots are quite water resistant too--on a recent trip it took three full days of slogging through terrible trail conditions (mud, snow, and alpine bogs) before the boots finally soaked through.
Use: rough trail/heavy pack; light mountaineering
Break-in Period: 40 miles
Weight: 4.5 lb
Price Paid: $185
I actually got these boots on sale for $140 from REI. They look like they are just about bulletproof and so far have held up to that claim. Though not Gore-Tex, when treated with Nixwax, my feet have stayed happily dry through several wet backpacking trips. The soft leather linning does a wonderful job of pulling sweet away from my feet, keeping my feet nice and dry. A word of warning though, these boots took many months and several blisters to break in. However, once broken in, they have been very comfortable boots.
Use: rough trail
Break-in Period: Long!
Weight: 4.5lbs pair
Price Paid: $209.99
Really heavy duty pair of boots that could handle any type of terrain. Unfortunately I didn't have a correct fit and I kept getting major blisters on my heels even after short hikes. Different sock combinations and inserts didn't help. This is a very substantial boot but it is known to have a "hard heel" so make sure you get a good fit. I also saw some that were returned due to water damage but mine were fine after treatment.
Use: Rough trail w/pack
Break-in Period: ???
Weight: 5.5 lbs
Price Paid: $190
A sexy looking pair of heavy duty boots. Reversed Hydroblock leather (red). Big and rather heavy, but REALLY well made. Seem a lot more substantial than my mate's Scarpa Alp M4s. Will take crampons no problem.
Very comfortable over long distances, but I've still not worn them in fully. I've had to put in Sorbathane footbeds because my feet are shallow. I get the feeling that these boots will last for years and years, but can anyone tell me what I should treat reversed leather with? The creams that the shop recommend tend to 'damp-down' the suede-look.
Break-in Period: 3 months
Price Paid: £150