Rated 5 out of 5 by theh Versatile and durable hiking boot
I purchased these boots about 12 years ago. I've put them through a tremendous amount of abuse, use them regularly, and haven't made any attempt whatsoever to take care of them. They've survived New England blizzards, torrential downpours in the rainforest, and the steep, insanely muddy landslidey hills of California rainy seasons. They haven't even begun to wear out or fall apart. Even the shoelaces are intact.
These boots are comfortable for all levels of hiking. They keep my feet warm in cold weather, dry in wet weather, and never feel suffocating in hot weather. They stick to the ground and NEVER slip. I hiked up an incredibly steep volcano once in Nicaragua with a group of 10, and was the only one by the end who hadn't slipped on my butt. Of course, I don't have super powers. But I was the only one with killer boots from Bean! I hike through streams with these boots just because I can. They dry off almost instantaneously and your feet don't know the difference. The gor-tex works like magic. I love these boots!
If you hike, these boots are well-worth splurging on because you'll never have to buy another pair of boots. (These words are coming from someone who is a major cheapskate!)
December 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by SAUNDRAO Best Hiking Boots
These have been the easiest hiking boots I have ever broken in. I did not experience any blisters or severe pain while breaking these in. My feet are very sensitive to footwear change. I highly recommend these boots. I like them much better than my old hiking boots.
November 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ArtCatNightOwl Solid comfort and stability.
I'm on my feet all day and these boots are very comfortable right out of the box. They have great ankle support and overall stability. They squeaked a bit until I put leather conditioner on them, then were perfect. I normally wear a 7.5 or 8 and bought an 8. They fit great with the Cresta hiking socks and are just getting better with time.
November 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by QuietMotion comfortable and tough
I have had these hiking boots a quite a few years now. If anyone knows the Monroe Skyline section of the Long Trail they know you need sturdy, comfortable boots with good traction. Since I live near this part of the Long Trail I hike it often. Rocks, mud, snow and water are the norm on this trail and the Cresta hikers take it all, I alway brush the dirt off when my boots are dry, this really extends the life of any good boot. Once a year I treat then with a quality, environmentally friendly waterproof and cleaner product. These boots are the best!
October 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by woodrow56 Best boots ever!!!!
These boots are awesome. I have bought about 4 or 5 pair, only because I am on my feet 5 days a week working for a delivery company. They do wear out eventually. These boots are comfortable from day one, and my feet have never gotten wet while working in the pouring rain. Fit is true to size. My only concern is that it looks like the black is being discontinued, and that is the color I need for work. Don't know what I will do if this is the case. The boots are made in Romania, not the other country. Perhaps the quality control is better. LL Bean, I am begging you please do not to discontinue the black!
October 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by heathermc best boots ever
I've had these boots for 8 or 9 years and I wear them hiking and for work. I'm a wetland scientist and am in the woods and mud often. They've been completely submerged many times and are just now getting pretty ragged. I generally oil them once or twice a year and always let them dry completely before putting them back on. They are very comfortable and supportive. I've even worn them back packing in the smoky mts... They were a little heavy for backpacking but worth the extra weight when your feet are dry, supported, and you don't need moleskin.
best boots ever!
October 6, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by lljeanhikes major let-down
I just did the Caminho Portugues, and bought these boots for that trip. I bought them over a month in advance and did tons of hiking to break them in. Sadly, though they felt extremely comfortable and fit perfectly, with extra toe room, sturdy ankles, etc. at first, after hiking one month, the leather was so loose around my ankles that there is literally no ankle support. They may as well be tennis shoes. Also, my feet have started slipping around inside, so I tied the laces extra tight around the ankle and it ended up injuring my tendons. Also, the soles aren't sturdy enough - they have no cushion, even less than most sturdy hiking boots, but you can actually feel rocks through the soles. These boots are dampening the high expectations I usually have for LL Bean.
September 29, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by flatbeauty Great boots except not really durable.
I've had these for over a year now. We hike a lot, so they've seen a lot of use. We live in the Seattle area and hike every weekend. The mountains are pretty big here and the terrain may be more than what these can handle. These things have been on dirt, moss, boulders, talus, and scree; they've been used scrambling many times; they've crossed creeks and been used with snowshoes and crampons. I use them sometimes when mountaineering boots should probably be used, mostly because they are much more comfortable. I thought I should add all that as a disclaimer.
The traction is excellent. They take a few hikes to break in, but I never had problems with blisters or injured toes. I bought a better insole because the one that came with the boots isn't sufficient for 20-milers that climb a bunch of elevation.
My biggest problem is that the leather is pulling away from the sole. This started only a few months into use, and just got worse. Now they are no longer waterproof, which makes them basically summer-only boots. I ordered another pair a month ago (to assess whether this was a one-time thing), but it's already started with that pair too. So this is why they're getting only three stars. Otherwise I love LLBean and their Gore-tex pro shells are the best in the biz :-)
I'd still recommend these to a friend who hikes on regular trails and doesn't go overboard like me.
August 27, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by quesolover At first I loved these boots.
Comfy straight away, a little stiffness that quickly eases up. I live in PA, lots of rocks. These grip on all types of surfaces; ice, snow, rain, pollen saturated rocks, wet or dry gravel, wet/dry rocks, wet/dry leaves (better than any other boot I've tried), I even get pretty good traction in mud. They grip like no other hiking boot or trail sneaker I've ever worn. Purchased in an 8W, my usual size. I also wear an 8W in the other name brand sneaker that's been sold at L.L.Bean for years. These boots are waterproof. I spent 2-3 hours climbing up and down a waterfall in these boots, hiked about 4 miles through a stream (poor drainage on a trail), snow, rain, etc. Never had an issue with wet feet. My feet stayed nice and warm in the winter, but not hot in the summer (though its been a cool summer). My reason for 4 stars, they're falling apart on me within 6-9 months. The seems on side of the boot are splitting, the rubber from the tread is separating from the leather of the boot, not sure if this can be fixed without compromising the boot. Maybe mine are defective, I don't know what's going on because this is my 1st pair of crestas, no 2nd or 3rd pair to compare them to. I'm willing to try another pair, because they were that good while they lasted, to see if I can get more wear out of the next pair. I should add, I do a decent amount of hiking. I'll give an approximate, so you can compare. In the winter, regardless of conditions, I put in at the very least 15-18 miles up to 32 miles in a week. In summer 25 miles up to 40-48 miles per week. I hike quite a bit, nearly every day. I didn't expect to get 5-20 years out of these boots, since I hike so much, but I'd like at least 1 year at this price point. They perform exactly how I expect a boot to perform on trails, but they fell apart too quickly (no small matter imo).
August 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Giger0718 Perfect boot!
I love these boots. They fit perfectly and are true to size. I had these boots on last night during a heavy rain storm and the only thing dry on me was my feet! I love them so much I bought them in black and brown.
May 29, 2013