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I've purchased this shoe twice in the past 2 years. If you want a comfortable hiking shoe that's waterproof AND don't expect it to last beyond 6-8 months this is a great buy. I was looking for some shoes/boots that were inexpensive for my daily walk in the woods with my dog. The path we travel has some steep slopes and rainy days turn parts of the trail into mud puddles, so I needed a shoe that had good treads and would keep my feet dry. This shoe fit the bill. After about 6 months the sole (which was initially very firm) got very soft so I began to feel all the rocks on the trail. Shortly after that the shoe laces began breaking and the toe end of the sole separated from the canvas part of the shoe. I immediately ordered a new pair of the exact same shoe. I figured it must be a fluke that all of this happened around the same time. Well, not so much. The second pair pretty much followed the same life cycle. So, again, they start out great. Just don't expect them to last long and you'll be fine.
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Initial post: Nov 16, 2013 12:47:40 PM PST
James R. Jefferis says:
Ditto! I was about to buy my third pair of these boots when I read Will's review. I also bought the boots for a daily walk with my dog - about 3 miles on a mountain trail over rock and across some usually dry streams. The 2 pair I've gone through were comfortable from day 1 right up until each pair began to fall apart. I've gotten about 18 months out of a pair at 3 miles per day - but I expected more. They definitely need tougher laces, and when the boots start to wear out they come apart pretty quickly. The real shock is that the price has gone up $25 from my last purchase 18 months ago - about a 50% increase in price. Maybe its time to look at a longer lasting boot for that price.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2014 12:10:15 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 24, 2014 1:27:09 PM PST
M. Hagny says:
I bought a pair of Hi-Tec [Edit: V-Lites] about 6 yrs ago, and they held up very well -- mostly used in the field, or on the street in winter, but sometimes on rocky terrain. Didn't wear them every day, but when I used them it was sometimes harsh use. Probably the equivalent of daily use for 18 - 24 months. The end caps of the toes came unglued and had to be pruned back so there wasn't a flapper there catching weeds, etc. Eventually the one sole delaminated. No problems with laces. I thought this was good durability compared to previous hiking boots I've had, and these were less money, and way more comfortable. I hope they haven't cheapened the construction since I'm considering buying a 2d pair! (Edit: The V-Lite is a more expensive platform than this shoe -- I thought this Natal hiker replaced the V-Lite, but I find that I am in error on this. Also, the reason it's so difficult to run in these is the steel shank in the sole.) (Edit #2: After some 3+ hrs of trying on different hikers, I ended up buying some feather-weight, waterproof Merrills that are even warmer than the V-Lites, and have flexible soles -- I'm tremendously happy with these after 2 months of use.)
Posted on Feb 21, 2014 6:54:33 PM PST
I had the exact same experience, man thtey are comfy, just not very durable
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2014 3:45:50 PM PST
When you buy hiking shoes you also buy epoxy glue they'll wear until the tread is gone. Boy are people lazy !
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