Gear Review

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A bit sore at first...

I'm on day 7 wearing my new pair of Montrail Stratos Boots in the concrete canyons of New York City. The boots were a bit tight during the first 4 days. Having read the prior reviews here, I knew to order a half size larger than normal. I put shoe trees in the boots overnight. They fit properly now. No sore spots, and I haven't had any blisters. I encountered one problem: on day 4, a section of the rand came unglued in the area in line with the ball of the foot which normally bends the most especially when one is in the crouched position. I used SeamGrip and duct tape to fix the spots on both boots. The SeamGrip-repaired spots are holding now. It's raining today in the city. My feet are dry. I may purchase yet another pair of Stratos boots when these wear out, that is if Montrail doesn't come out with something better. I wish they would put Vibram soles on the Stratos. I've always had good experiences with Vibram soles. They take longer to wear out. Too bad the current soles aren't replaceable.