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Gear Review

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Winner

Like Tatra, I agree that these things develop a peculiar odor, worse than any other shoe/boot I own, when combined with sweaty feet. This isn't a positive attribute for a shoe. Beyond that, I'm a big fan. The hard midsole means that this shoe can be worn for long approaches on scree and talus -- I just spent what seemed like 24 hrs straight walking on talus -- with no problems. These fit right between a soft day hiker and a full on mountaineering boot, and did better on rocky terrain than I had any reason to expect. Despite the stiff sole, I found them comfortable on the flat too. (I used the stock footbeds, and have no complaints.)

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