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Quality and comfort you can count on.
- Waterproof breathable Gore-Tex membrane and Hydrobloc full grain leather ensure your toes stay comfortable and dry while trekking through muddy, wet, or snowy conditions
- Perforated leather lining in the heel and ankle areas and one-piece leather tongue and gusset grip the foot snugly for a secure fit
- A Z-Comfort fit footbed provides comfort, support, and stability while you hike
- A high-performance midsole ensures superb stability and torsional rigidity on sketchy terrain
- ZCS technology helps reduce impact by using different types of shock-absorbing materials with high cushioning and stabilizing effects
- Vibram L.H.0.7 sole has moderately gauged lugging to ensure stability while you traverse sketchy terrain and comfort on flat areas
- Hand-crafted in Italy
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
When I first bought these boots I was thrilled with the design and the high ratings that they have (look around online, most people swear by these boots). I was initially concerned that they didn't have any rubber reinforcement around the toe but I loved the seamless, all-leather design and they felt super comfortable in the store so I went for it.
I had no problems with them during the break-in period and I was hopeful that these boots would last me several year. Once I took them out on my first back-packing trip I started to get concerned, though. I was only out for a week and the lack of reinforcement really started to show on the leather. Additionally they were giving me hot-spots, which is unusual but I figured could be due to needing more breaking in.
When I got out of the field I used the whole Nikwax set to clean and re-waterproof them before my next trip but it didn't seem to to much good. Shortly afterwards I went on a two week trip and once again they were scratched and dinged up within a couple of days. This trip they started giving me full on blisters too which is not normal for me (I have gone a month back-packing in rented plastic mountaineering boots and didn't have any problems with blisters). I had them all over my Achilles tendon, on my pinky toes and even on the tops of my feet from the shape of the tongue of the shoe.
I was sad to return these boots after only six months, and I might have given them more time to try and break them in if they hadn't gotten beat-up so quickly.
I should note that I was using these boots in snow, burn areas, and for rock-climbing and scrambling so I probably gave them more wear than the average user. I suspect that these would be great for the occasional, on-trail hike or back-packing trip but they just won't last if you use them constantly in harsher conditions.