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4.3 out of 5
All-around solid boots
February 08, 2012
Width - I have a narrow foot, and the regular width works fine. That said, if your feet are normal width, you should still get the standard width. Breathability - Great. Often with Gore-Tex boots/shoes in any season, when my feet sweat a bit, the moisture has a hard time escaping, thus making my feet a bit clammy and cold. Gore-Tex is only breathable to a point. With the leather lining, you get a nice smooth interior and a noticeable decrease in clamminess. Support - Great for a light/midweight hiker. When I try to roll my ankle, it doesn't happen, unlike some overly-soft, less-supportive high top hikers out there. Traction - Excellent, typical of a Vibram hiking sole, for front-to-back, side-to-side, and diagonal gripping on various surfaces. Usage & Look - I bought these because with their classic, uniformly brown leather appearance, I can wear them to work and play every day, to look like a professional adult but also be able to walk miles and spontaneously scramble up a tree or some rough terrain when I want to. This way, I can wear my go-to hiking boots all the time and be ready for almost anything. If I'm going backpacking for days, I'll wear heavier duty Gore-Tex boots for extra support and waterproofing. But if I'm going for a 1-2 day hike, I will check the forecast and trail conditions: With only light rain and minimal trail wetness/stream crossings, I will certainly wear these. Comfort - Very good and getting better. After a week, they are well broken in, maybe 65%. That said, I owned the low-top Gore-Tex version of these boots, and they broke in to an unexpectedly high level of comfort*, so I expect these to achieve the same after another few weeks. Before full break-in, the metal shoelace lugs may press a bit, but I recall that feeling going away once broken in. Durability/Construction - Based on my last pair, excellent. All stitching held and leather remained strong. Lubrication is recommended to maintain leather's suppleness, moisture, and appearance. I completely wore through the traction in the soles, as expected from heavy usage and countless miles on and off pavement. *Cons - This may be related to my foot in particular. With the aforementioned low tops, I felt some strain in only my left toe during foot roll that lightly stressed the toe for the duration of usage. This strain remained for months after I stopped using the boots and then went away. I feel a barely noticeable similarity with these boots in both of my big toes - It will probably go away once broken in, but I am keeping my eye on it. Nothing to cause too much concern. Plus, I believe Altrec/Lowa backs up their product if it it really doesn't work for you.
Like a sneaker
May 03, 2012
True to fit and size to my other Lowa footwear, they actually feel like your wearing a pair of high top sneakers (if you can remember those). Toe box in the wides have plenty of room. Literally no break in period. If you wear orthotics like I do the footbed accomodates them without a problem.
More than I expected
April 21, 2013
I have always used rather heavy boots in my past, but I thought I would try these based on comments from friends. Unlike my heavier boots these broke in very quickly while weighing significantly less. I cannot stress enough how nice it was to hike in lighter boots. I really noticed the difference while not getting any blisters on my heels! They offered good traction and flexibility while still offering ankle support. I prefer boots without a waterproof liner and these have a really nice leather liner that is about 3/4 of the boot interior. The leather liner is perforated too - I imagine to help keep them from overheating. I find the leather liner a step up from the cloth liners on other boots. I do not like the insoles that came with these boots so you may want to consider getting other insoles to complete the package. If you are looking for a non-goretex boot that is lightweight while still offering foot and ankle protection give this one serious consideration.
Black, Espresso, Stone and Espresso/ Brown.
Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 7.5, size 8, size 8.5, size 9, size 9.5, size 10, size 10.5, size 11, size 11.5, size 12, size 12.5, size 13, size 14 and size 15: 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 12.5, 13, 14, 15.