Rated 5 out of 5áby Newarkdg Newarkdg
I have had 3 pair of the Cresta hikers and love them soon to buy my fourth pair. Lots of hiking with scouts. I hike to work at times just 2 miles away and usually wear them as casual shoes. I retire my old boots to yard work...still going strong. Soon to buy my next boots to break them in at Philmont, NM. Love the boots!!!
February 6, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5áby GreeenMts Gone way down in quality
I have just wrecked through second pair of these hiking boots. The first pair lasted 7 years, and I thought it was a great boot. The leather wore decently well and the boots performed and supported my feet in a great way. Eventually when the glue between the sole and the boot started to give way and the boot was no longer waterproof I bought another pair. So after 7 years of no blisters or twisted ankles and a lot of hiking, I started to break-in my new pair of Cresta Hikers. But within the first two months the sheen (or paint) on the leather wore off like it was veneer plastic coating and left the leather raw. I tried to protect it with leather treatment but it didn't work. The leather LLBean now uses on these boots performs poorly and does not last. It's been only one year and I will be returning the boots because the leather is horribly split and is completely detached from the rubber on both boots. I don't believe the boots are made in Italy anymore like the original ones I bought were. I will not be getting this boot again and would not recommend anyone get this boot unless LLBean goes back to making them with the material and quality they used to.
February 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby ClosetRedneck Best boots ever.
I have had a pair of these for many years. To be honest, I wore them only as "casual wear" for a good while. This was a mistake. I should have pounded on them sooner.
Last August, I took these boots to the Boundary Waters for a week long solo trip (well, it was me and my dog). This is no small undertaking, since what you bring is what you have. I couldn't trust my feet to just any old boot for this trip. A footwear failure could a a serious problem.
These boots were excellent. I hiked portages with steep grades, rock, mud, loose gravel and wet tree roots with up to 60 lbs on my back.
These boots handled everything with no issues. They also kept my feet dry until the rain started. I had no issues with the waterproofing as long as I did my part to keep water from coming in through the big hole on top. I did get wet feet, but that was my fault. The lining was waterproof after years of casual wear.
I have a few pairs of more expensive boots, but if I had to buy a pair of hiking boots today, I'd go with these.
Buy 'em. You won't go wrong.
January 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby RichinMaine Still going strong after 2 years
They are beat up and well used. They are still very comfortable and still going strong. I read some of the negative reviews and I have not had the same experience. They continue to be a superlative boot. Climbed the loop trail on Tumbledown last year with them and they were worth their weight in gold. No regrets, I would buy them again.
January 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Gramps2 Years of hiking
At 66 years old I have at least 50 years of pretty extensive hiking experience. I settled on the Cresta Boots several years ago as the most comfortable and reliable boot that I have ever worn. I am on my second pair and I am considering purchasing another pair to break in on day hikes while squeezing the last drop of life out of the old ones on multi-day excursions . I always carry a pack and these boots have carried me all over southern Utah, Phantom Ranch in the Big Ditch, and hundreds and hundreds of miles through out the Adirondack mountains. I clean them after every hike. That's every hike. I water proof lightly every 100 miles or so. They have been flawless but the soles are about worn out from all the miles. Still fit like a glove and are absolutely water proof. I wouldn't have it any other way !
January 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
áby rudyru22 Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers
These are the best hiking shoes I have ever owned. I have worn out 3 or 4 pairs of these shoes. I wear them every day walking my dogs multiple times in all kinds of weather. These boots wear well, fit great and are my favorite. They last a very long time; the last pair lasted over 3 years.
December 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Brian01571 great hikers
I bought there shoes for hiking and now wear them all the time. They are so comfortable I can walk all day at work and then go for a hike after work wearing the same shoes.
December 29, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5áby Popilou Gore Tex Hikers
Beautiful, Quality constructed boots. For me, being a power walker, these boots, are much too heavy. Boot was too big, too wide, in relation to my shoe size.
December 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Tbond Perfect 4 season boot!
I don't usually write reviews. And I don't exaggerate, either. But I have had these boots for 3 years and am amazed every time I wear them. They keep my feet dry and warm, even when trudging through swamps and through our New England snow storms: I wear heavy socks in the winter, and light socks in the summer. They provide incredible support, unlike a bulky snow boot. They show no signs of wear. Don't bother getting snow boots: these are all you need! Comfortable from the first time I wore them.
December 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby RJTaylor Outstanding Backpacking Book
I have worn out and never been happy with hiking boots from most of the major manufactures since my first pair of Vasque backpacking boots in the 70's were laid to rest. That is until I ordered my Cresta Hikers. These are like the old Italian made Vasque backpacking boots. No glorified sneaker being passed off as a "hiking boot" here. Break in is required but that's normal for a real boot. Size is ample enough that my prescription orthodics fit with room for heavy socks. If your looking for a great backpacking boot order yourself a pair of Cresta.
November 5, 2014