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Keith R.

Keith R.

Keith R.

Keith R.wrote a review of on October 9, 2019

amazing boot with few cons after 4yrs
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 188 lbs
Size Purchased: 13

Ive owned this boot for 4yrs now. Ive put it thru hell and back. Ive hiked devils path in the Catskills 25.2 miles in 10hrs with a 30lb pack without hiking poles. Ive hiked up machu picchu mountains steps, scrambled up breakneck ridge and many others. Hiked in Maine's wettest season with nonstop ankle high water, rivers etc... And these boots have held up to par keeping me dry and comfortable under load.
The footbed is very comfortable and after miles and miles, downhill, uphill, has a comfy feel to it, even while carrying 30 to 40lbs. Once you are tied in, you dont slip around inside. You are locked in.
Breathability wise, they can build up some moisture on hot summer hikes at times but not often. The majority of the time they didnt and after rainfall, snow, being in ankle high water for over an hour while moving at a decent pace they still kept your feet dry and comfortable.
Warmth, though these aren't a winter hiking boot, i used them in snow in cold temps anyway. With a good trail sock, you stay warm with these. But i dont advise you to use them in the backcountry for backpacking for multiple days.
Waterproof, yes they are, over and over and over again abused in water. The only thing you'll feel is the coldness of the water trying to get in but never succeeding.
Lacing, is one of the bigger downfalls. The laces come undone often if you do a basic tie up. You must tie them for hiking or else. After sometime they can give way and stretch a tiny bit and need relacing.
Debris gets in the boot while hiking, i recommend a bootie or high socks while wearing shorts.
Materials have endured super well against the elements and abuse and basically running in them down hill and being underwater.
Grip is great wet and dry, for scrambles, downhill, and basically any grade or even vertical at times.
Flexibility is insane and feels like a sneaker. But still has support like a hardcore boot.
Cons are only the laces and slight stretching while hiking under load.
Sizing... I wear 13 for sneakers and these are 13. For other boots I'm normally a 12. I dont touch the front and still have space for a thick sock.