Oh so close...
I took this on a cumulative 15 miles and 3000 feet in two separate hikes, and this was ALMOST the perfect winter hiking boot. First, the good stuff: It's light as a feather--lighter even than many of my old basketball shoes! Trudging up hills becomes exponentially less pleasurable with each unnecessary ounce, and these are the lightest winter boots I've come across so far.
I was worried that the Quicklace™ feature would prove more gimmicky than functional, but it actually works quite well--one firm tug on the laces, cinch down the slider body, and tuck away the excess. There was some slight loosening over the course of several miles on my left boot, but nothing excessive, and most other traditionally laced boots I've used have always needed a mid-hike adjustment or two, anyways.
Traction was excellent, though I didn't own them long enough to test their wares on packed snow or ice. Any shoe with an outsole soft enough to grip tightly on wet rocks is also going to let you feel those rocks underfoot, so don't expect miracles in that regard. That said, cushioning was very good with no hot spots, and my feet stayed dry as a bone stepping through shallow side creeks.
Now to the deal breaker. Although the fit was snug and the feel otherwise entirely comfortable, there's a suboptimal attachment between the upper and the outsole near the base of the forefoot medially, as if the upper in that area hadn't been cut to proper shape to ensure a smooth union. The result is a sensation of pinching or creasing near the inner aspect of the ball of the foot, and you can actually see the upper pinching in in that area. I was hoping it wouldn't prove to be a big deal, and although it didn't cause a hot spot or sore, it was uncomfortable enough that I couldn't keep my mind off of it throughout my hikes, and perhaps more prolonged use might have resulted in a callus. This occurred on both boots, and I suspect it may not be a size-specific issue, suggesting a design flaw. Another issue is that the temperature rating (20F) is not as good as most other boots in its class, if that's important to you.
Ultimately, I ended up returning them and replaced them with Patagonia Das Boot Mids, which thus far IS the perfect winter hiking boot! I'll probably post a review on them later after I've had a chance to test their durability with more use. All this said, everyone's feet are different, and the above issue may not happen on your feet. Definitely take them on a walk around the store first, and see if your luck might be better.
I got these originally just for shoveling snow and blowing a long sloping driveway. But, I've ended up wearing them to town (dressy enough for Montana), to the barn, and just slipping them on for quick winter chores. Will try them with snowshoes soon. While not intended for running, they were plenty comfortable and warm while I ran laps alongside one of the horses to warm him up.
Super comfortable and warm for such a lightweight boot. I'm a huge fan of the Salomon quicklace system (love the XT Wings trail shoes) and was happy to see that system on these boots. The velcro strap at the ankles is enough through for a quick trip to the garage / etc. The large bootstrap loop at the top of the heel is perfect for pulling the boot on quickly.
Great Performing design
I bought this boot to use at work. It was stylish and I needed something warm and waterproof for those (few) miserable days we sometimes get in Texas during December and January. They worked perfect in the cold wet rain we recently got. I couldn't have been more pleased with the performance of the boot. It is lightweight enough to use while mountain biking and comfortable enough to use for a couple of hours of foot patrol in the cold wet rain. The unique shoe string system makes getting the boot on and off a cinch and I don't have to worry about the laces coming untied. Great boot, couldn't be happier. I highly recommend them.
Great for Winter Cycling!
I usually wouldn't take the time to write a review but I am quite pleased with these boots. I was nervous to pull the trigger on the price but my feet are quite happy.
I commute by bicycle all year round and was looking for a winter boot that wasn't clipless (cycling specific) so that it would be useful for ice fishing or other winter activities. This is it! Very lightweight and warm, (especially if you're moving). We'll see how they hold up over the long term.
I expected nice boots at this price. I was not disappointed. These are almost as light as running shows. They keep me comfortable to about 15* F. Choose a full size larger as they are a bit smaller than average. Also, for maximum warmth, you need that extra room to trap air between your boot and your foot. These boots are quality built. Buy them and enjoy them. Your feet will thank you. Plus, they look great and I can wear them with slacks.
I hope they never go out of style
i intitially wore timberlands and Nike Acg Boots and for some reason my feet hurt after long hours on the job ( FedeEx Home Delivery) I would.spend additional money on gel inserts, thick socks. A friend is a member of REI and I admired his shoes, boots and sandals. I went to REI College Park and fell in love with the look of the Deemax 2 dry. Then I slipped my foot into an 8.5 and my entire foot melted away in comfort.
Son started college in Rexburg, Idaho and needed snow shoes.
We chose these off of REI's website because we wanted something completely dry, less boot and more
three quarter top tennis shoe, light and easy to access.
This fits the bill in all counts and it is considerably less costly than good performing snow boots.
That coupled with great holiday discounts and free shipping to my door from REI made it a must buy.
Great boots by Salomon
I bought these for winter cycling around town - I don't like to be clipped in when riding on snow and ice. They work great - warm, dry, and good grip on my platform pedals. They're super comfy and lightweight. Good traction in the snow. I got them in early December and have worn them outside ever since.
They don't really fit right without thick wool hiking socks but with them they are really warm and comfortable. I bought them for biking in the winter (I don't like to be clipped in on slippery terrain). They are also nice around town but a little warm for all day wear (of course).
Very, very comfortable fitting boot. I usually wear a size 10, but were a little tight, so returned them for size 11 which were just about perfect! I would highly recommend these boots for rain, moderate snow, and just knocking around in colder temperatures for sure.