Best boots I have ever had!
I am an avid hiker who fell on Mt Washington 5 years ago while wearing another boot. I asked a female who works on the summit and does rescue work about her boots and she raved about this product. It took me 10 months before I could walk normally and resume hiking ( Mountain climbing ) and I could not believe how wonderful this boot is. No break in period at all. I've never had a blister, toes stay in place and they are comfortable. It took a while for me to "believe and trust" the boot as far as grip. Recently while going through high water I discovered they are waterproof.....I didn't realize and was thrilled as it was a 10 mile 4700' hike. I do notice after 5 years and many many miles that the bottoms are beginning to slip on smooth rock. I guess 5 years is a long time for a boot so I am going to buy another pair!
Love this Boot!
I have worn these boots for 2+ years now. They have taken me from weekly local hikes to multi-day backpacking trips through the White mtns and over Katahdin. Still going strong. Never had a problem with blisters - just wear a quality liner sock, I've never had blisters with any boot doing this. Hiked across the pemigewasset wilderness in 3 days of rain, feet stayed dry. Traction, when wet, is not as good as my winter boot, but it's not terrible either. These are not a true winter boot - they lack insulation. However, I can wear them from March to November; I only need to switch to my winter hiking boots when the temps drop below 20 degrees. The bottoms are starting to show some wear, but I've easily put a few hundred miles on them. I will definitely purchase these again when my current pair gives out.
THE BEST HIKING BOOTS EVER!
I just came back from 14 days in Alaska. I punished these boots right out of the box and put 100+ hiking miles on them on some seriously strenuous trails. Horrible trail conditions/trail building after 7" of rain...scrambling over trees, 4miles up at 1000' elev/mi, in water, over rocks...I will never buy another pair of hikers, ever. I slipped occasionally on some wet, mossy rocks and wet, mossy fallen trees, but I haven't found anything out there that won't slip on wet moss(probably why they don't recommend walking or doing anything on wet moss) and the only complaint is I started to feel their weight, but only after I finished the hikes and put tennis shoes on and could feel the difference. Grateful for the weight for the support and stability. These boots are Awesome!
I have triangle-shaped feet, which are very hard to fit. I tried these because of the technical specs but the heel was too wide and the forefoot too narrow (it pinched my toes quite a bit). So I can't say any more about their use since I had to send them back. I just wanted to make sure others out there with similiar feet knew that these would probably fit someone with an average shaped foot best.
If you have feet like me (pinched toes, blistered heels), check out the Salewa GTX Mountain Trainer ... so far I have been quite happy.
I bought these boots in late winter hoping they would be broken in by the hiking season came around. It took a few weeks but now they are quite comfortable. I recommend them for people as a great starter to intermediate hiking boot...unfortunately for me, knee length mud even with gaiters does not keep your feet dry and for long backpacking trips just a bit more support would have been preferable. Despite that they are great for day hikes or weekend trips with a lighter pack I still love them and wear them more often than any other show I own!
Great right out of the box!
I needed sturdy boots that had good traction, great ankle support and were waterproof, not only for hiking while carrying my weighty paragliding gear but also for landing safely. I wore them right out of the box on a flying day and experienced total comfort and support. Just 2 days ago, I hiked a steep, wet trail with loose rocks to fly high in cold temps and my feet stayed dry and toasty (sadly, my hands froze!). I am very happy with their performance AND their good looks! A pilot friend just bought the men's version based on my recommendation.
Love these boots!
I have a long, narrow foot and find it very difficult to find hiking boots that fit. I tried these after my old Vasque GTX boots wore out and so far, they are wonderful. I just got back from a trip to Acadia where I intended to "break them in," but no break in was necessary. No blisters, injured toenails, or other problems I usually experience. Some may find these boots a little rigid, but I like the support they provide for both the feet and ankles. Looking forward to taking them to Iceland and the Scottish Highlands next month!
I bought these over a year ago for backcountry camping and they are still going strong. I was very worried that I would have to break them in before my weeklong hike but to the contrary these are the first pair of hiking boots that did not require that painful new shoe blister period. They kept my feet nice and dry while stomping thought mud puddles and creeks in Shenandoah. They have good traction and great ankle support for climbing over rocks.
Love these boots!
Lighter in weight than the full leather version, but great for my 12 day backpacking trip in Glacier this July. The heel seemed narrower than some other brands and that helped to hold my heel in place, keeping it blister free. The toe box was roomy and my feet were happy. Break-in time was minimal--a few short hikes in the creek bed, no hills where I live. I did add some gel heel cups, but used the manufacturer's insoles.
Love at first wear!!!
I am a professional stage manager and these are my work shoes. I need shoes that are warm, waterproof, comfortable for long periods of standing/walking/heavy lifting. This is my second pair of them. First pair lasted for 5 years of almost daily use for 6 hours or more and when this pair wears out I will get another. EMS is a great place to purchase them because you can get the cute colors versus the brown pair.