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Good backpacking boot - for a while,
This review is from: Hi-Tec Men's Altitude IV Hiking Boot (Apparel)
I tried on several more expensive backpacking boots before settling on this one. I have high arches and this boot fit and felt the best. I've put 70-80 miles of backpacking on the boot, including some hard, heavy miles. So far the boot is holding up fine. And they feel great - like I'm walking on cushions.
The only downside so far is the leather has worn more quickly than I expected and the waterproofing seems to be wearing off - even after an additional waterproofing treatment.
My left boot stopped being supportive after about 90 miles of mid-weight backpacking (with 30-40 lbs). These boots are probably just not durable enough to rely on for backpacking.
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Initial post: May 3, 2013 12:02:23 PM PDT
G. D. Mathews says:
I agree that this is a hiking boot, not a backpacking boot. I'm looking for a new boot--work, construction, hiking, hunting. I've never been completely satisfied that this boot had an adequate sole for backpacking (heavier loads, rougher surfaces), but man! have I put some serious miles on this boot doing everything short of backpacking and they've really held up well. A little bit of pull away at the tip of the boot, and now after 3 years the heel is starting to wear loose on 1 shoe. But overall...a pretty decent boot. I waterproof with mink oil, but I live in Arizona and wet conditions are the exception...I've got more problems with water traveling down my legs in those conditions because I'm not wearing waterproof pants.
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