Gear Review

4 5

XCR's

I have to say that I do love these shoes for a light hiker. I typically wear a 12 or 13, depending on the brand, but the 12's are what fit me the best. With that, if you are on the edge of a shoe size, I would recommend going with the smaller size. These are very comfortable shoes for day hikes and so on. I've tried them out for 9 days in a Utah canyon with a very heavy backpack and they worked ok. It's certainly not what they are made for though, and showed it towards the end. They have always stayed water proof, and the support has been consistent. The reason I rated the shoes as 4 stars is for two reasons. First the tongues on the shoes take a while to get used to when you try to really tighten up the shoe. Second, my pair seems to eat shoe laces, which could be a problem if they fail on trail. I would recommend them to anyone.