Gear Review

3 5

Almost.

I had high expectations for this shoe, Loved the look of it and thought it was pretty comfortable, especially with the super feet in. However, after just a couple jaunts in the rain, the leather uppers became especially stiff and contorted (shame on me for not waterproofing with NickWax). The stiffness was alleviated by a bit of leather oil/saddle soap but they still stayed a little bent out of shape.
The kicker (pun) came though after I had put them in the closet for about a month or so for the remainder of the wet winter. Upon taking them out on a spring day, I noticed that there was a discoloration around the shank, it turned out that it had been growing mold all winter (once again shame on me for not waterproofing)! Despite the fact that I washed and scrubbed most of the mold off, they weree not quite the same and actually started molding again! I ended up tossing these rather than taking advantage of Backcountry's return policy (I wish I had).
All in all, a promising product, but ultimately, leather shouldn't mold (none of my other leather shoes or boots have).
If you buy, waterproof and keep them dry!