- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have had the hardest time finding a pair of boots that didn't give me gigantic blisters while out on the trail. I have always been skeptical of the heavier leather boots and had been opting instead to use light weight breathable running shoes (Asics always made my feet happy!) and carrying an extra pair just in case. I wondered why you'd ever use anything else until I caught the toe on a rock and tore the mesh allowing gravel and snow to hang out between my toes. I decided Alaska may need tougher shoes. A week through rough Alaskan mountains, terrain, snow, mud, water - dry feet, no blisters, and a very happy hiker. I did get a little rubbing on the back heel but that was after one of the most strenuous hiking days I've ever experienced. I'm normally a 9.5-10 but they were out of that size so I ordered a 9 and they fit perfectly! I did replace the insoles based on other reviewer's comments but the original ones weren't terrible - just not a lot of cushioning. I highly recommend.