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Gear Review

3 5

Good boots, but go for a stiffer boot for long treks or climbing

I have mixed feelings on these boots. While they have served me well on numerous hikes, for backpacking and light climbing trips as they have worn in I have started to wish for a slightly stiffer, heavier and more durable boot.

I would highly recommend them for day hiking and light backpacking trips, but the ankle support, wear in factor, and overall tough construction of the boots leaves something to be desired at altitude, on multi-night treks, and on snow or with crampons. If you're hiking on snow or in PNW rain like me they will need re-waterproofing after multiple uses.

The vibram soles do provide excellent traction on rock and mud, and the flip side to the above is these boots are much lighter than others I've used.