Rated 2 out of 5 by ChemicalPulse Good boot but needs a redesign.
These are good looking boots and I love the graphite/blue color. I wish there were more hiking boots in this color, since most are in a hideous color scheme/design, or use a boring brown color. I saw these Mountain Treads, and I wanted to order a pair right away.
When I received the boots, they were too small and ran at least a half size too small. I originally purchased the 9.5, but they were too small and narrow. I re-ordered a size 10 and they fit well.
Once I sized up, these boots are comfortable, that is until you start walking, then they would become loose at the top. The lacing system doesn't have an extra set of lace hooks and they are cut too low to support the ankle well. The tongue is too small and short, it tends to sit right below the top lace point. The tongue does not provide enough support to cushion the lace pinch point at the top.
These are a huge pain to lace up and tie. If you do not pull as tight as possible and laced them the right way, they will start to untie and loosen at the top as soon as you start walking. If you mange to tie them tight enough, they will start to become uncomfortable.
I cannot see anyone using these for any serious hiking/backpacking or even for any type of long distance walking. The ankle support is just not there since these will untie or loosen up no matter how many times you double knot the laces. If you manage to tie these good enough to keep the laces from coming lose and untied, they will begin to create a pressure point and hot spot on the top by the lace point. The lugs on the soles also seem kind of shallow and don't seem that they will last for very long. For such pricey boots with thick, beefy soles, the lugs should be much more aggressive and deeper.
I think these are good boots, they have good craftsmanship and materials, but a serious re-design is needed to allow better ankle support and lacing. The sizing also needs to be fixed, these run very small.
December 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ManFromBingo Great comfort
This is my third pair of Bean waterproof hikers. I wouldn't buy them if they weren't high quality. The traction is great, but they are a little on the heavy side - not a problem for me. The size is true, but I'd go a half size larger for wool socks.
November 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JoeMo Worth your money
I have owned several pairs of these light wieght, durable hikers and they are worth every penny. Allow some time for the shoes to break-in and once they do you will not believe the comfort and fit.
November 27, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by dc127ar 3 Pairs Later...
I have just worn through my 3rd pair of these. I wear them nearly everyday for my job as a facilities tech (grounds duties, building maintenance, snow removal), and wore the first pair for hiking (~100 trail miles on that pair).
The boots are durable- tend to last me about 18 months before seams give out, insole wears through, or the sole wears all the way through. They are also very comfortable as far as outdoor footwear goes. The are also waterproof as stated.
Though they are waterproof (aka your foot won't get wet), the leather does get damp and takes very long time to dry out- unless you wax them with sno-seal, etc. The grip on the sole wears flat pretty quickly, and it is definitely a slippery sole on hard surfaces (I took several spills hiking here in new england, which is why I switched back to running shoes to hike in after those first ~100 miles). They are heavy...especially if the leather is wet- takes a toll on your legs if you are out in the woods...not so bad for an average work day though. I replaced the laces at least once on each pair. You have to re-lace them through the large hole in the eyelets instead of the way they come or you will break laces constantly! Expect at least a few days of break in time...get them wet/dirty and they break in quicker.
November 17, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Lester1964 Not wide for sure
Description said it was a wide fit,size EE. I guess I need a EEE because I would definately not call these boots a wide fit. Too bad.
November 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLBeanNovice517 Boots
Both my wife and I purchased these boots while at your main store in Portland. They were shipped direct to us. After receiving them, we both wore them one time with your wool socks. The boots were, both to small and to narrow. We contacted you, returned them and received the same boots in a larger and wider size. Again we tried them out and they are great. Really, they did not need any breaking in and we both love them. The customer service person was very helpful in assisting us to exchange them and the complete transaction was effortless. We would not hesitate to recommend these to others.
November 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by likedryfeet Men's Gore-Tex Mountain Treads, Mid-Cut - Excellen
I live in northern NJ where the winters get pretty harsh. I had purchased these boots about 2 years ago and they have been excellent. The most comfortable waterproof boots I have ever owned, including boots from larger companies.
I would recommend to all and will purchase another pair as soon as I wear out the current boots, which will be in about 1 year.
November 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BrJa3 Very well made!!!
These are exactly as advertised!
Very high quality materials and construction. Light weight and sturdy, yet can be worn even casually. I've owned a pair of beans full leather hikers for years and these feel as well made as those just with a little more versatility.
The fit is again exactly as advertised, I have been wearing mine now about 2 weeks and they are starting to break in very nicely, as was stated by bean.
I would highly recommend these as well as the full leather hikers depending on the need.
November 2, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by TC415 Single speed lace eyelet is problematic
While the sole is much better than my last pair of LL Bean hiking boots, the use of a single speed lace eyelet at the top is problematic. For whatever reason, they just don't feel as sturdy as my previous pairs that had more than one speed lace eyelet, and were cut slightly higher. This has been an issue on day hikes here in Colorado.
November 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by GThiker Rock on in these comfy hikers
I've owned hiking boots from familiar brands and these rank right up there with the best of them. Comfortable from the start, excellent traction, waterproof as advertised as I've sloshed through many a mountain stream in the Pacific Northwest's rugged terrain. Sorry I did not give these boots a try earlier in my hiking career. Looking forward to snowshoeing season.
October 30, 2013