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Disappointing but a step in the right direction...
on April 19, 2013
These boots are a mix of both good and bad. What they do well, they do quite well. What they do badly, almost ruins them for me.
* They're lightweight
* They look good overall
* They feel like they're held to your foot, as opposed to your foot being strapped to a platform like many boots
* They have a spacious toe box, which is absolutely wonderful - Why don't all shoes have this!?!?!?
* Most aspects are comfortable
* The tread pattern does not hold mud well, it just falls out
* The soles have zero ground feel, nothing minimal about them, they're just lower than standard boots
* The soles have a heel on them, why? My feet don't have elevated heels! The heel is small, only 5 degrees of toe drop or something small like that. ALL of my other shoes, even my winter boots, have ZERO toe drop. What does that impact? My knees hurt after a day in these boots, I cannot walk completely naturally with a heel - because I wasn't created with a lifted heel, so why do boots love them so much? I hate heels, if you can't tell. Some people have commented that the slight toe drop wasn't very objectionable, but to me it is obvious and ruins an otherwise good boot. At the end of the day, I sign in relief when I take them off and can stand flat and naturally again.
* The laces and eyelets come down too far in my opinion, when I kneel or bend my toes sharply, the top of the shoe where the lacing is (which is stiff in front) pressed down on the top of my toes painfully. This is lessening as the boot breaks in a bit, so it may go away over time.
* Wet traction on rocks and slick surfaces is pretty low, almost like skiing at times. This isn't terrible, just know it and walk accordingly. I tested my winter boots and some hiking shoes and they all had better wet traction.
* Top of boot around ankle is padded, gaps and allows crud (grit, stones, twigs, etc) to get into your boot. For trail hiking that's not a big deal, but if you go off trail in woods, you'll get stuff in the boot. Solution is to wear gaiters over the top opening.
* No good ridge or spot to hook gaiters around the back to keep them down. They tend to rise because of that.
* All the negatives are minor except for the toe drop and heel, that one issue defeats an otherwise excellent boot. If you don't mind walking in heels, then these may be great boots for you. Ruined for me.
* Keep the many good points, what this boot does well it does very well.
* Get rid of the heel entirely, allow a natural stride.
* Integrate a cloth upper to seal the top from stones, grit, twigs and scree from getting in the boot, like a mini ankle gaiter built in. One layer of tough fabric to wrap your lower leg would work. The boots aren't waterproof, so it doesn't need to be either.
* Don't take the lacing down quite so far, lose the bottom pair of eyelets.