These are the nicest boots - nay, the nicest piece of footwear in general - I have ever owned. The craftsmanship is flawless and when I got them I took 30 minutes to just look at them.
I threw my custom-fitted Green Superfeet into them and started breaking them in but aside from some pressure on my ankle bone on my right foot, there really wasn't any need. They've just become more comfortable as time goes on.
I haven't done any expeditions per se as of yet in these but having worn them around the city, on hikes, with a 40+ lb load horribly distributed (I just loaded tons of heavy books in my mystery ranch crewcab and started walking), I can say that they are the versatile, sturdy and above all comfortable boot I've been looking for.
No ankle roll whatsoever, only problem I've experienced is a hot spot on the inside of my right big toe but that is without wearing liners and I could probably tie them a lot tighter.
Haven't submerged them yet, but the goretex liner is completely solid on the inside, circling around underneath the insole. Clearly high quality.
If you have hot, sweaty feet like me, just be sure you wear wicking socks. Average cotton socks will not do as the goretex liner can trap a lot of heat after the first few miles.
I'll upload pictures later to see how beautiful these babies are. I've received compliments from people just on their looks, even from people who haven't a clue about backpacking boots, they just thought they looked awesome.
I got these when BC had the 15% sale so I got lucky there but if I had to buy another pair at full price, I probably would.
If you're like me, you need lots of calories in the backcountry. I eat ~3,000+ calories when I'm just doing regular activity, when engaging in a lot of taxing activity I require tons of calories. This means that I need those double-serving backpacker's pantry meals or whatever large meals I can get my hands on. Sometimes I'll just eat a pound of beans emptied from a can into a ziploc bag or plastic container. Unfortunately, this makes this pot a bit too small for my needs. It's also quite small for my MSR Dragonfly. I exchanged it for the Stoic pan/pot combo and it works much better for me. No complains on the quality of this product, just the size.
The cup would probably fall off but the lid fits relatively snugly. Definitely wouldn't risk it though.
Their website says that you shouldn't leave these in direct sunlight because it will melt the foam. Does that mean I can't wear it out in the sun on hot days for extended periods? If so, can anyone recommend something like this that can deal with those conditions? Thanks!
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