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jackbanks2265130wrote a review of on June 19, 2008

5 5

These shoes are actually made to fit American feet, which are most often higher volume than other ethnic populations. We suffer from a trait known as greek toes, where the index toe is longer than is efficient. This means a narrow heal and wider instep. A common fitting device will not indicate this as the point of measure is in the middle of the foot, where our feet are at a normal width. While the heal of these is a bit too wide, insoles and an extra sock will take of this. The most important thing is that these shoes give our toes enough room to spread out. Another trait of greek toes is a medium to low arch, and these shoes are perfectly made for just such an arch. In other words, if you're an average American, these shoes were made to fit you. If you have had problems with Sportiva, Asolo, or any other man. being to narrow just in the toebox, then try Merrells. They are super-well built, comfy, and they offer just the right amount of flexibility and stability for their purposes. What a great company...

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jackbanks2265130wrote a review of on June 17, 2008

2 5

Average. Construction is good, but nothing special. Will only fit narrow feet correctly. There is, however, an unforgivable lack of support in all areas for such heavy kicks, like wearing big, heavy tennis shoes. They are also extremely hot in the summer, yet get icy cold at around forty degrees. The only plus I can give them is that they are generally comfortable and stay dry, as any goretex lined boot should. If you are one of the small number of people who can actually fit these, they are Okay for technical hiking as long as your pack is light.

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jackbanks2265130wrote a review of on June 17, 2008

2 5

Heavy boots lacking support for their mass, average quality, crude construction. Only fits narrow feet correctly. Very hot, do not transpire moisture well, which makes them also very cold starting at forty degrees. Materials and design are old school, but the support is not. Can only be described as squishy, and they get squishier all the time. Complete breakdown in less than a year. Sportiva in general is experiencing some quality issues right now with many of their products.

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jackbanks2265130wrote a review of on June 17, 2008

5 5

While I would never pay $100 for it, I was lucky enough to get it on sale, and I'm glad I did. No question that it's the best piece of its kind, as well as proof that you get what you pay for. Very warm for its weight, and extremely breathable. It is extremely versatile, and fills that gap between baselayer and fleece. The fit is truly made for an athletic person as it is big in the chest and arms. Fits like a glove.

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