Gear Review

5 5

Happy Feet

The shoes are fantastic. They run normal sizing (i.e. you don't have to order a half size "too big" or "too small"), as are they a normal width (neither wide nor narrow). I owned an older version of these, and have to agree with the previous reviewer: this version is remarkably even better than before. The patented North Face insoles are the notable improvement. These really provide a lot of support and cushioning (i have a high arch), all the while without going overboard. I haven't had a chance to thoroughly test the waterproof ability, though the shoes have an odd "crinkle" sound to them right out of the box. (the GTX, i assume?) I'll go ahead and give the benefit of the doubt, though, since i trekked through an Appalachian blizzard in the last Hedgehogs and maintained dry feet :) I'll update, only if these fail to perform similarly. The laces, too, are a nice update such that the new construction helps them stay tied better. I tried similar styles by both Merrell and Keen, but none held a light to these 'hogs.
Bottom line: get these shoes.