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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2011
I purchased these boots on a lightning deal, as I needed a new pair of boots and the price was good.

I also noticed the white "specks" on the lower part of the boots, which seems to be part of the material. I don't know that anyone would even notice the white specks if they were not specifically examining the boots within arm reach. They do not appear to be a flaw in the boot.

The upper part of the boot seems to be well made. I have not found any flaws or questions concerning the stitching or any of the material. From wearing the boots in the snow while hiking, they seem to be insulated. I was out in the cold, low 20 degree temperatures, and 4 - 8 inches of snow for several hours, and did not feel any effects of the cold on my feet. I did purchase a $5 can of waterproofing spray and treated the boots several times before first wearing the boots. My feet were completely dry through the hours in the snow.

Most boots take some time to break in, although some more than others. I felt this pair fell into the latter category. Give yourself plenty of time to break these boots in, as I only spent a few hours a day for a few days breaking them in before wearing them for an entire weekend. My feet were not sore, but the boots are very stiff for the first few weeks of wearing them. My other pair of boots were many years old, and were well worn, and I did not expect a quick break in period, but I felt that these did take longer than I would have expected. I've owned many pairs of boots over the years, including from my military days, and these took longer than average.

I'd definately recommend these boots to anyone, based on the quality and price. I purchased my pair on a gold box deal, but would probably pay the current price for the boots ($80) based on my experience with them over the past two months...

UPDATE - 12-11-12: After nearly two years of wearing these boots, I've had no issues. The color has worn a little where they have been scuffed, but I could easily fix that, but most importantly, since the break in period the boots have held up well. I'm not one to drag my feet on the ground, but do see wear on the soles of most of my shoes after two years. I've seen almost no wear on these shoes. Although I waterproofed these boots when I initially purchased them, I've yet to have any water issues inside the boots, with my feet remaining dry and without concern. This was an excellent buy, and a pair of boots that I expect will last longer than other hiking boots I've owned over the years, including Hi-Tec boots that I have owned.
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on October 23, 2012
The "leather" uppers don't really look like leather, but once worn in a bit and polished they get closer to resembling real leather. The recycled rubber soles do have white spots but not too big of a deal and are hardly noticeable when wearing the boots.

The biggest problem I have with the boots I received was that when looking down, the right boot was off center. The part that holds the laces is off slightly to the left. It doesn't really affect comfort but is noticeable, at least to me, when standing with both boots together. I would have returned them but received the boots right before my camping trip.

Now for the good. This is my third pair of Hi-Tec boots, the other two being the suede Altitude boots. These are just as comfortable and keep my feet dry. I haven't tested them in very cold weather yet but while camping in low 40's and upper 30 degree weather, temperature wasn't an issue. I had them on almost the whole weekend except for sleeping and had no comfort or sweating issues.

All that being said, I think the value of the boots is good enough to recommend and purchase again.
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on January 29, 2013
I bought these after wearing out a pair of Altitude IV Hiking Boots (near-daily wear for about two years). These are pretty similar. A little bit of a break-in period (maybe a week?), but they're as comfy as the others were. They're smooth and polishable (if desired) on the leather outer, versus the sueded exterior of the Altitude IV. The only thing I wasn't thrilled with was the ridiculous decision by Hi-Tec to make them look "enviro" by throwing white rubber specks in the mold for the outsole (hence 4 stars, not 5). This was intentionally done, and was a very stupid idea. They seem as durable as my other pair, and I do like the other (non-white-speck) attempts at environmental stewardship. I wouldn't hesitate to get either these or the Altitude IV's again. They're amazing everyday boots, at a decent price.

Oh, and I suppose the outsole could be more durable. It's not a Vibram sole (better rubber) as would be found on more expensive boots, and that's what wore out on my pair of Altitude IV's. The sole on these seems similar, and I expect it to go in a similar time-frame.
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on August 20, 2013
These boots looked great online but once I got them they felt like cheap dimestore boots. The fit is a bit large and sloppy, and yet my toes felt cramped in the toe box. I like the look of the boot but ultimately had to return them.
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on November 26, 2012
These boots are very comfortable, well-made, sturdy but do not excellent for winter ( lower 5F ).
I did order a 1/2 size bigger than I normally wear and they fit well.
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on November 15, 2011
Bought this boot last year for my husband. He wears them everyday and loves them. They do have a white fleck in the sole of the boot but he didn't mind this.
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on November 8, 2012
Love it, even though there are white speks on sole. This is minor, though. I would buy it again for sure. Looks great, feels great. Awesome price. Go for it.
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on October 7, 2012
I like the boots very comforatble this is my second pair i have had my first pair for 5 years.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2012
Perfectos para la nueve, el frío, la lluvia y todo tipo de condiciones que requieran la impermeabilidad que éstos zapatos brindan.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2010
Boots are nice-looking, comfortable, and fit well according to size. The only issue was that the visible parts of the soles have a multitude of white specks on them. We tried to scrape them off to no avail. Maybe they will wear off will time - gues we will see. It does detract somewhat from the overall atractiveness of the boot, but minimally enough that we did not choose to return them.
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