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Jameswrote a review of on May 27, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 41.5

When I first had put them on, they made my feet ache. Then I noticed you had to adjust the tounge, which is attached by Velcro, that helped. BUT, then I was still having issues with them being uncomfortable, UNTIL I realized that you don't want to tighten the toes laces. I take up the slack, use the hooks to hold the slack, then CRAM down the ankle. They were WONDERFUL after that.
WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS: if your going from your leather White's/Nick's to this boot, you're probably going to need thinner socks. I wear extra-thick Smartwools with my Nicks and medium hikers with these.
The tread on these is not as sticky as my traditional fireboots. But, they have great edging if you're on rock and need a foothold.
They feel like a ski boot, at first, just give them a chance, 2 weeks.
I am usually a 41 (US 8), but fit in the 41.5, but also have a very wide foot (EE) that is pancake thin (I probably needed the extra space). They also air out very nicely, no need for a boot drier.

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Jameswrote a review of on November 16, 2011

Funtionally Great, Quality weak
3 5

Bought a size US 9, though I measure an official size US 8. Great fit! Great traction! Decent support.

First trip, Cougar Crest Trail, Big Bear, they worked well. 7 miles moderate to rough terrain.

Second trip, 15 miles, Sierra's, rocky, slick, high stepping. Carried 35 pounds. Good support. But, then at the end of the trip they "smiled" in the front and I had to shoe-goo the first quarter inch of tread back to the shoe on one of them.

Third trip, Joshua Tree. Worked amazing as the approach shoes that they are. I never did put my actual climbing shoes on. Did easy 5.9 climbs and harder bouldering problems. Nice edge work and smearing. Then, the other shoe "smiled" and I had to glue that back on. Also, the leather had a small hole at where the shoe bends behind the big toe.

Bummer, I loved these! Not very water tight above the rubber, but I knew that, already. I returned them for some Salewa's, I hope they are better???

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Jameswrote a review of on February 22, 2011

Pancake Feet
5 5

This is my first trail shoe, so take this for what it is.

I do a lot of hills and trails, but have a difficult time finding a shoe with a wide toe box (and run fairly neutral). This is a shoe that offers the room in the front end. However, my ultra-thin but very wide spreading foot (width, F) did require I loosen the toe-end lace, on these shoes, and keep them slack. But, again my feet spread, A LOT! I ordered four sizes and found that a half size larger than your true size was perfect. (I'm an 8, got an 8.5)

Great traction in the dirt, mud, sand, and snow (I even strapped on boot chains). Not quite as good on solid ice, but what is. I also noticed that my road shoes seemed to be a little more sticky on solid rock than these, but that makes sense since you're running on lugs and have less friction. They do fine on bare rock for me, and I figure myself as aggressive on the trail. Materials are tough and, after 9 months, I haven't noticed any breaks or tears.

I would definitely recommend these to a friend, and have.

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