Rated 1 out of 5 by Hiker4it Not the same as the old Crestas
I bought a pair of Cresta Hikers in 2004 and absolutely loved them. I have put more than 1500 miles on those boots. Those boots were a size 11M. Over the years, my feet have gotten a little wider and a little longer. I recently ordered another pair of Crestas in a size 12W. The boots arrived and I was so looking forward to trying them out. Unfortunately, the size 12 was no longer than the former size 11 and the 'Wide' width was actually more narrow than the former 'Medium' width. I measured and compared the new boots to the old Crestas and to other pairs of boots that I own. Small all the way around.
When I contacted Customer Service to tell them of the problem, I got the standard form letter - 'Please feel free to return any items with which you are dissatisfied.' There were no comments about looking into the sizing issues. I was also disappointed to see that the Crestas were no longer made in Italy but had been outsourced to Romania along with costing $50.00 more.
Since there is no width available in the Crestas that is wider than a 'Wide' width, I returned the boots for a refund. I will look into Danner and Keen boots now for a boot that has a better fit.
June 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by 1927892 Buying the same boots for 15 years
I've been wearing these boots for 15 years, replacing them every 1-2 years depending on how hard I use them. I could probably get more use out of them but I wear them year round, nearly every day. They are extremely comfortable. I tend to replace them because the bottom of the boot begins to separate from the sole which allows some water to get in. Although the boots are still functional, I need a completely waterproof boot and probably replace them sooner than most people would. I did have my most recent pair break apart completely at the heel, but it was after 18 months of very hard use. I use them for hiking year round, including in heavy snow. I also work in them year round cutting wood, working in mud, snow, ice, etc, occasionally submerging them accidentally. I also suspect I would get more use out of them if I was more careful about allowing dirt and sand to get in them. It seems as though they have replaced the insole of the boot with a thinner, lower quality one on my most recent pair (spring of 2016). I'm not happy with that since it fell apart after about 3 weeks of use. Hopefully they will realize the mistake and go back to the better quality one. Because of that, I would recomend planning to put a higher quality insole in the boot as soon as you get them.
June 22, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by lexington40502 insoles very inferior
I have purchased 10 or 12 pairs of these over the years. Great fit and waterproof qualities; but the last pair I bought (two weeks ago), have an inferior insole. After two weeks they are coming apart. I will need to buy "after market" insoles soon.
June 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5
by OHNMBackpacker Worth Every Penny!
I bought these new for a trip to Philmont with the Scouts last summer. Comfortable out of the box and got more so with more miles under load. They kept feet dry and blister free through 90 miles of backcountry rocks and mud. Highly recommend them. Gaiters were a priceless accessory for keeping them clean and dry inside despite the trail conditions.
May 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by snshew Love the narrow option!
Great boot. Praise to Bean for still offering narrow choices when many other retailers have ceased. Tyvm!
May 12, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by cotton8 Shoestrings
These boots are very comfortable, waterproof, and long lasting. I wear them on average 5 days a week for work and buy usually one pair every year. I have recently noticed I am having to change shoe laces about once a month because the d rings cut the laces. I would recommend the boot
April 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by SBPatt Great boot
Perfect fit right out of the box, lots of support, wear like iron. I've put I don't know how many miles hiking in Glacier NP over the past 5 years and they're still going strong. Highly recommended.
April 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by KarlK These boots continue to amaze me
I took these fabric/ leather boots out this morning for my weekly hike and continue to be very happy that I bought them last year. This is my second review, as I wrote the first shortly after the purchase. They are holding up fine in all sorts of weather in all four seasons. The best compliment I can say is that I do not notice them while hiking. I have a B width foot and an even narrower heel with a high, stiff arch. The 10-B pair I bought was perfect. I take them out on maintenance hikes along the Appalachian Trail as a volunteer maintainer in southwest Virginia, too. At my current (Medicare) age, this pair will likely last me into my nursing home hikes. Check these out if you are a serious hiker.
April 3, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Coognut Over 10 years of waterproof, durable, comfort
I recieved these boots as an "off to college" gift in 2003. Since then they have seen countless hiking treks, camping trips and roadtrips. They've done construction, demolition, painting, landscaping and survived 10 northern Vermont winters and mud seasons. They have been my daily work boot for the last 3 years. During all those years these boots always kept my feet dry and comfortable. At the end of last winter, the sole finally became separated from the rest of the boot even after 2 months of weekly shoe-gooing. I mailed them back to L.L. Bean and 2 weeks later they mailed me a credit for $229. After all that use and abuse. So tonight I bought myself another pair of the same Cresta Hikers that I wore til their end. I highly recommend this product and buying gear from LL Bean because they really do stand by their guarantee.
January 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by knldgskr great boots
Great boots, but if you hike in snow and ice the finish gets a bit ragged. Buy Bean's boot cream to keep them looking good.
January 13, 2016