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Great Boots For the Outdoors, Too!
on November 2, 2012
These boots are classified as men's work boots, but I didn't buy them for use as such. I'm a woman & former Marine accustomed to the fit of men's boots, and I bought them for general outdoor activities (hiking, camping, etc.). They are working very well in that role.
These boots are sturdy, but lack the stiffness of many new boots. There was no break in period for me; they were comfortable the first time I put them on and got the laces right, and they remained comfortable the next day on an 8-hour trek carrying a light-weight pack through sand, mud, shallow water, and over trails and rocks. I've worn them for a few outings and like them more and more.
These boots are medium-light weight, light enough to prevent fatigue and foot/lower leg strain, but heavy enough to offer stability and protection.
The components are fine. The soles are rugged and gripped on slippery rocks and uneven surfaces; they seem securely affixed. The insoles are cushioned, also removable for washing (or replacement with your favorites). The zippers operate smoothly, appear sturdy and did not leak when tromping through water (although I didn't fully immerse the boots for any period of time, so I suspect water-resistant rather than waterproof). The velcro flap over the top of the zipper is thick and protects the zip from catching on pants legs or brush. The lacing grommets and hooks are well-placed and securely implanted. The laces are adequate; I will probably replace them in time but just because I'm picky and not because they are defective.
Cleaning the boots was simple: Brushed off the mud and sand, let them dry, did it again and they looked fine and remained supple. I did treat them with a preservative before I wore them in the woods and recommend doing so for longevity and ease of care.
Women's boots are usually uncomfortable for me (I have low arches and wide "duck feet"). These are quite comfortable: roomy toe box with the added protection of the composite toe. [ I lost 4 toes in a crush injury wearing steel-toed boots on active duty, so this a a wonderful compromise for me! ] The side zipper is great! Once you get those laces "just right" for your feet/ankles, the zipper makes it easier to keep them the way you want them, and it's very convenient in camp if you need to get up quickly in the middle of the night.
My only caution is that the soles on the sage boots are not the charcoal color pictured here, they are an odd really-green color. (One of my camping buddies said, "Oh, look! You got some green girlie boots!" ... lol) If that matters to you, you might consider the desert tan.