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jbe3627032 wrote a review of on June 3, 2013

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I've had it with GTX hiking boots leaking after two seasons (I was told the GTX liner inside the boot cracks with wear) and being incredibly hot, while friends with old-fashioned leather hiking boots swear by their comfort and--believe it or not--waterproofing (if you apply the correct stuff to the leather). But I was told I'd have to go to Europe to buy true leather hiking boots, and Raichle was unanimously recommended as the way to go. It took me awhile to realize that Mammut now owns Raichle, and that, whoopee!, backcountry.com was the only place I could find this boot. Backcountry's return policy was very helpful on fitting. I have a wide, small foot that is hard to fit. I was able to try a few different sizes to determine that the US size 6.5 was best for me (I usually have to go to size 7 or 7.5 to get width). The interiors of this boot are line with a cushioned soft leather that is very breathable. I use Nikwax products to wash and waterproof. Durable and waterproof on the trail, they feel like slippers in camp. I just hope they're still making these when mine wear out!!

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