Great all around boot
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I generally prefer tougher boots, I'm not the type who will wear trail running shoes for backpacking trips, in fact these boots are my "light" hiking/backpacking boots. I want good ankle support and I want to know that my feet are protected from sharp rocks, falls and stupidity.
I use this boot for the occasional run, rope climbs in Crossfit, hiking, shooting, backpacking... pretty much the majority of my non beach related activities, and I will continue to do so.
At first they were a little uncomfortable for my feet, but after I dropped in some molded Sole insoles they felt great. I might get a couple hotspots on the upper ankle if I wear light socks but not with even light hiker wool socks.
After buying these in '08, I just exchanged them as the toe started to separate. Backcountry's warranty policy meant I didn't have to shell out $70 for a new sole and I have my new boots within 10 days from sending mine out.
Just keep in mind these are an "italian fit". It's a narrower boot than a Lowa, in fact I tried many Lowa's before discovering that italian shoes fit my feet much better than german ones.