Rated 5 out of 5 by 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
Rated 4 out of 5 by crumsnacks color
brown is not the color. black goes with every thing!!! need to offer black !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks .
November 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5
by Keithfan Wear like iron. Extremely comfortable
I've had 4 pair of Cresta Hikers. They are comfortable right out of the box! They offer incredible support and they wear like iron. I've gotten them wet and muddy and actually sweat right through them hiking in 100 degree heat in the desert. I've mowed the lawn in them (push mower) and have hiked the Grand Canyon in them. I've even golfed in them. The downside would be they are a little grippy when new and I would wear them in before hiking on slick-rock. Currently I'm sending a pair back because the soles are separating from the leather. No matter once you wear these boots you will always have to have a pair! I am shocked at the new price $239. WOW!! My first pair in 1988 was $79.00.
October 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by AOM1 EXCELLENT BOOTS
Perfect fit right out of the box. I used them on a long hike within days, and they required no breaking in.
They are comfortable, grip the trail perfectly, and they are a perfect fit.
October 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DCTNC Very Good Boot excellent for wide/ EE fit
This was an outstanding boot for the price before a sizable increase, but still well worth the money.
I have a wide forefoot from running, and wide hiking boots are a real chore to find-Vasque carries them but they a reasonably narrow fits for EE. I found these fit very comfortably
This is a heavy boot, designed for rugged trails, and for major foot and ankle support. Work well for heavy climbs and backpacking. Not needed for your basic day hikes or well maintained, level trails. They will definitely require breaking in, but still are comfortable out of the box.
I hiked backcountry trails in the Grand Canyon in these and they did a great job over very rough, unmaintained, rugged and steep surfaces.
Because they are leather you will have to pay attention to maintaining them-keep them well oiled with good shoe cream and waterproofing, and if you anticipate marching through mud all day would consider boot better designed for that. It has performed well in cold (-5 deg, cold for North Carolina) conditions but not an extreme winter boot
Regarding quality-boot is made in central europe-not italy, but many premier boot makes done in Romania/other spots, and workmanship appears very good on my pair
October 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by h8oualot Follow Up
I've had the Crestas for several months and have used them on 2-3 hikes each week. Love 'em!!!!!!!
September 25, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by fisherguy101 Poor quality
Not pleased with these Crestas. The Italian made were a much better boot. This is my sixth or seventh pair. The price increase was a surprise, with poorer quality. Love LL Bean though
August 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Daniel35 More than I expected
It had been years since I shopped for hiking/work boots, so I did a lot of online research before making my decision. Everything that I read about the Cresta hikers was positive. I kept looking for the negative reviews, but they weren't there. Finally I made the purchase last year. These boots provide everything that I need. They fit well, are supportive at the ankles, give excellent traction, look great, and will probably outlast me. So far all of my purchases at LLBean have been absolute winners!
August 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Melkie Best Backpacking Boot Ever Purchased.
I initially found the boots to be uncomfortable with the socks I had at the time. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to use mid-weight and heavy-weight Cresta hiking socks in store. These boots are definitely intended for use with heavyweight socks and preferably a sock liner as well. The comfort level and ankle support with these socks is exceptional. In lighter socks, the ankle support can cause abrasion and be quite annoying. Luckily, my intended backpacking trip was in winter. The boots were brilliant. I put them through some of my state's most difficult terrain. They still look like new and have saved my feet from becoming drenched in water well below freezing during stream crossings. If you have the opportunity, try them on at a store, especially if embarking on a serious backpacking trip.
August 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by h8oualot Quality Boot/Great Customer Service
I've had my L.L. Bean Cresta's for two weeks. Upon opening the box, I was immediately struck by the impressive craftsmanship and the smell ... the smell of leather! I wore the boots for three days at the office breaking them in. Since then, I have been on 3 hikes at Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness, Tulsa (2, 4 and 7 miles) and Elk Mountain Ascent, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Ft. Sill (2 miles). I am very pleased with the combination of comfort and ruggedness of the boots. Said hikes were moderate to strenuous and were a good test for the boots. I have been hiking for 48 years ( I am 60 years old) since my first 10 mile hike to fulfill the requirements for 2nd Class Rank in Boy Scouts. Since 1972 I have purchased the best I could afford in hiking boots. I know quality and these boots are definitely in that class. I debated about a month between the Crestas and others before I made my decision. I read the reviews about the Crestas and finally made up my mind. I am pleased and recommend these boots for purchase by others not sure they want to "plunge in". They fit me true to size (9.5 D). Interaction with L.L. Bean was painless and shipping was fast. The brown and green laces provided look good but not as cool as the blue parachute cord I use for laces.
August 14, 2014