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Christopher W.

Christopher W.

Christopher W.

Christopher W.wrote a review of on April 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These are the second pair of Merrell Wilderness boots I've owned. They are great boots. They are classic, old school backpacking boots. Light? Yes, for what they are. Stiff? You betcha, prepare for a break in period. Supportive? Atlas wishes he had a pair of these. Waterproof? Not so much. Your feet will stay dry walking through wet grass, but like all boots of this type, they will leak at the welt if immersed. I knew that going in. It is my personal opinion that GoreTex in a leather upper boot is not much more than a very expensive plastic bag. GoreTe membranes mean your feet will stew in their own juices and you will count yourself lucky if your boots are only very damp in the morning. Your feet will get wet in these if you immerse them for long enough. Deal with it, it's the nature of these beasts. They will still be drier in the morning than if you had GoreTex in them. They are very supportive boots that will protect your feet and ankles from many potential ills that could befall you on the trail. Perhaps I'm a catankerous old fart fearful of change but I've logged enough miles to know what works for me and what doesn't. These things work.

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Christopher W.

Christopher W.wrote a review of on April 13, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

OR makes some great stuff and in terms of materials and workmanship these are typically OR, very well done. However, they are poorly sized/proportioned, for me at least. The top of this gaiter may fit around my wrist but never ever ever will it fit my lower calf. I'm not a small guy, granted, but it would appear these were sized for someone with sticks for legs. Think starving meth addict dimensions, if you have calves like matchsticks, these may fit you well. Additionally, I found the closure to be rather awkward. I will grant that this may just be me, but I found that having to manipulate the zipper in not one but two dimensions to close these caused the whole thing to shift out of position. Had I been able to actually zip them closed around my apparently unnaturally massive, gargantuan calves, I would have then had to wrestle the confounded things back into place. I like my feet and I'm willing to put up with a little hastle to keep them happy but there are limits.

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