- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I wore these on the Appalachian Trail during my thru-hike. My first pair lasted almost 1,000 miles! My second pair, 600; my third pair, 400, and my fourth pair is still with me with some 350 miles and counting. The reason they die is the foam side wall detaches from the rest of the shoe; when this happens, the inner stitching breaks and then your toes poke through or branches jet in.
I bought a size larger for the thru-hike as my feet were always swollen. Also, NO-GORETEX, these bad boys would dry from soaken wet to bone dry in only a few hours of wear, or after an hour in the sun. Goretex versions take much longer to dry, and when it is really raining, your feet are gonna swim, you can count on that, regardless of gtx or not. Might as well give them an advantage when it comes to drying out. I confidently say that 9/10 thru-hikers agree.
Also, the lacing system never slipped, not once out of all four pairs. The lacing system is bomber and when it's so cold you can't even make a fist, you'll be glad all you have to do is tug with one finger on these guys to set them tight rather than tie a knot. NO SLIPPAGE EVER! Salomon rules.