- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've had these boots for about 7 years now and they have seen an incredible amount of use. After all this time the DWR (durable water repelent) has begun to wear off the outer layer of the boots. However, I should have long ago retreated them with a nikwax type substance. The traction is still great, the comfort has only gotten better, and the functionality is still phenomenal.
I am a huge fan of the Gore-Tex liner as I am an avid stream-walker, it kept my feet dry even when the dwr was wearing out (until I started sweating). When the outer layer is soaked through the breathability of the liner is pretty minimal.
I need to declare that I am a member of the Gore Mountaintechs community, meaning I sometimes receive Gore-Tex and or Windstopper gear to test and review. That being said I purchased these boots long before joining this program and I would make the same decision today.
Recently, I've taken up using light hikers for most activities, but anything involving wet or semi-snowy environments makes me pull these out.
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