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Heavy Tatra off-trail scrambles up to II or III Tatra scale.

OK. I think I might say I've tested them real hard. Another complaint - well, as you know they are membrane free, so they are supposed to dry quickly. However, it took like a whole 24+ h for them to get dry. Another very annoying thing is, is that after getting totally soaked after major thunderstorms and heavy rains&hail one day, they began to smell, and I mean really unpleasant smell, like a vinegar or something real sour - my guess is that its that sticky substance that you can see and feel under the removable insoles - on this hard, white "underinsole" thingy, toward the toes and heel of the white. It's totally not a question of my feet, as I have no problems in other shoes plus the smell only appeared after they got soaked, there was no significant scent after a regular climbing/scrambling day. Another thing - the insoles (top, thicker ones, with the yellow SALEWA logo on them) tend to dye the socks. As to the very usage itself, they seem pretty much OK, they got those few flaws I've mentioned, tho. I've found myself cursing after setting my foot wrong a few times (so it felt like I was gonna twist my ankle) but I guess, it also happened in my previous high-upper boots. Despite the stiffness, I haven't got any major blisters (during my scrambles in the recent few years I used to come back home with totally ripped off heels with raw flesh showing and stuff, same for the little, outter toes), although there was this minor little toe graze - but I think it wouldn't have had happened, should there be none of those heavy rainstorms I've mentioned. That's it. After all, I think I can recommend them, even though it my first season with them.