I’ve had these boots for about two weeks, before Everest and thailand for some trekking fun. I’ll be conducting a post trip review in addition to this one.
My initial reaction to the boot when opening the box, and trying them on, is how surprisingly light they are. Despite their hefty size, these boots are very light, and not what I was expecting at all. After putting my foot in, I found heaven. These boots are one of the most comfortable I’ve had on my feet, and If I had to describe it, an army tank filled with pillows Is how I would.
This leads me to my next point, these boots upon initial feel, are sturdy to no compare.
-The rubber seams are well glued, with no gaps or mismatched seams.
-The hooks for the laces are properly placed, with no crooked sets.
- No clear chafing points off the bat.
Sizing seems fairly true, I purchased a 9 ½ (42.5) and gave myself that extra .5 for thick socks and foot swelling from extended hiking. Of course, warmth (and waterproofing, which will be later in the review) is one of the largest factors in purchasing a boot like this. After walking around a room with them on, I can tell they fit the warm factor, without being excessively uncomfortable In room temperature.
Two weeks in-
After hiking almost everyday for two weeks, I’ve found that these boots still hold up in most of the criteria covered in the initial review. That being said, after two weeks a couple points have come up worth mentioning, first and foremost -
The break-in period of these boots was very nice. After hiking daily for sometimes more than 6 hours, I’ve found that minimal blistering on the heel and the side of my big toes happens. I’ll take all of that with a grain of salt, and chalk it up to the break-in period.
Besides those small blisters, there is only one other point on the boot that bothers me. On my right foot at the ankle, the boot bends in excessively and causes some minor pain in my ankle. I thought this was how tight the boot was on my foot, but after some R&D with lacing, It seems to be a structural flaw or possibly part of the break-in period. I’ll report back on this issue post trip.
Quick overview of previously mentioned points
-Still sturdy as hell
-Warm in any condition so far (including snow/rain)
-Boot quality has held high
-Still no chafing points
-Breathability is good
The waterproofing on these things are amazing, I’ve been hiking through snow and rain pretty consistently (I live in Park City Ut.) and every puddle or snow mound I walk through is fine. My feet easily stay warm and dry.
I have yet to try them with crampons. I will report back with this post trip.
These boots might be pricey, but are worth EVERY CENT in their utility as a winter mountaineering boot. If they are taken care of, I’m sure they will last many years without issue.