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Dustin F.

Dustin F.

Dustin F.

Dustin F.wrote a review of on March 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 00"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: 12

I will start by saying this will be an honest upfront review. My wife had purchased a woman's version of this boot that we found at Ross Dress for Less for $40. She normally wears a women's 8 to at most an 8.5. However, she found the US 9.5 was an equivalent fit. Anyhow, after her first hike she commented how co.for table they were so it sparked my interest for a pair.

Both my wife and I are in law enforcement and wear duty boots 12 hours a day; usually Danners or Rockys. So I am used to wearing heavy duty work boots that have to also be comfortable enough to wear for 12 + hours a day in all weather and terrain conditions. I can tell you this, if UA made these in a duty boot I would wear nothing else, they are that comfortable.

I like to research products as much as possible before making a purchase, especially if I am buying on-line. The biggest conflict I found was regarding sizing. Some reviews claimed they fit as expected and others reflected that 50% of reviewers found they ran small. Although nice to know, this information was just about worthless because no one stated how small they ran, we're they just narrow, short, etc. I did find one review that said to buy 1.5 to 2 sizes larger than you would normally wear. So I went to a local store that stocked two different UA hunting boots and several styles of shoes. I tried on four styles and found a 12 was the best fit. Normally I wear a 10.5 and I can many times wear a 10 wide. So I ordered a 12 and hoped for the best.

They arrived and exceeded my expectations
The size 12 was a perfect fit wearing UA heatgear boot socks. I felt I had enough room to wear thicker socks if I wanted or even thinner socks if I tightened the boots more. The BOA lace system is awsome. My feet have a tendency to get hot and with the BOA I can release the tension and let my feet breath when I am not hiking and it takes less than two seconds per boot to tighten them. Also I can adjust them in less than a second to tighten or loosen as the day goes on. Also no laces to come undone, get wet and muddy or trip over. I now want BOA laces on everything I wear. These boots truly feel like you're walking on a sponge. There is no impact and they absorb all of the shock you can deliver, even if you are running or jumping. I could not believe how comfortable they really are. I honestly can not think of a more comfortable shoes or boot I have ever owned.

I put them to the test with a long hike covering mud, snow, ice, water, loose rocks, trees and borders. Parts of the trail had washed out with mudslides and downed trees. It was a mess but a great test for the boots. My feet stayed completely dry and did not sweat at all but went cold either. The boots really are waterproof and breathable. The soles gripped every terrain we covered. Yes, they slipped a little on the ice but not enough to warrant putting crampons on, which I would normally have needed to do with previous boots.

Overall, I can not recommend these boots enough. I found the best prices on Amazon and on Backcountry. Ironically, the seller on Amazon was backcountry but they did not list my size. Eitherway the price was the same shipped to my door.

I hope this helps and sorry if there are any typos, used my phone to write the review and it has small keys.