Rated 5 out of 5 by studdog great boot love BOA system
I bought a pair of these when they first came out. Great boot, love the ease of boa system. It does take some adjustment to get tension correct at first. I liked them so much I bought another pair incase they were discontinued. I wish Bean would make them uninsulated. They are a bit too warm for early season IMHO.
October 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by RapidJack3SD Great boot
This is the third pair of these boots I have owned. They are the most comfortable boots out of the box I have encountered in my 77 years of hiking. I am a bit hesitant about the boa lace system since I have had problems with the plastic coating delaminating off the cable laces. Hopefully that has been addressed since these boots are a dream. Time will tell. I hope in 6 months to write a supplement saying everything is working fine and the laces are holding up well.
September 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Uplandnut Comfortable out of the box.
Very comfortable right out of the box. The lacing system is incredible and will be really nice after a long day following bird dogs. The tread pattern could be a little more aggressive.
September 25, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Retireddeputy Initially comfortable
I bought the boots for winter use on my property and it's been too warm to put them to the test. I did take about a two mile walk in them on hilly terrain and right now I feel optimistic that I will enjoy the boots and keep them. They seem to be a tad narrow and I usually wear a 10 1/2 medium so I ordered an 11 to compensate for a thick sock. I hope it works as I think they look well made and are fine looking.
September 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JoefromMobile Great boots!
I don't write many reviews but I LOVE these boots. I bought them a year and a half ago for a South Dakota pheasant hunting trip that never happened. I finally took the tags off and wore them to make sure they were going to be comfortable for this years hunt..... I have worn them every day for work since then. They are the most comfortable shoes of any type I have ever bought!
Thanks L.L. Bean for another fine product.
March 1, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by GSP1 Don't hold up
First, the best fitting boat out of the box, ever, I love the boa system. Unfortunately they wear out fast "like two weeks of hunting in North Dakota". After two weeks they looked like they were 20 years old. The toes wear out quickly. I have worn them several more times and there are actually several small holes opening up in each toe. I am very disappointed, I have a narrow foot and these boots were great right out of the box. I am returning them for a new pair and will have a shoe maker beef up the toe.
February 25, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by ScottyV Versatility
I love these boots because they are SO functional, warm, and comfortable. Downsides are: 1) hard to squeeze my foot through the tight neck of the boot 2) not particularly beautiful looking boots!
February 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by mmmmmjo best upland boot design available imo
I love these boots. This is the best upland hunting boot design on the market, imo. The first SuperFabric version was problematic -- I went through a number of pairs that all quickly failed on the seam near the big toe on the instep after very few days in the field. This was annoying but I liked everything else so much that I replaced them with these. This kangaroo leather and cordura version so far seems to correct that problem. I spent about a dozen days in them in January, hunting birds in SW Nebraska in typical late season high plains weather, zero to fifties, wind, sleet, snow. No sign of trouble.
These boots are a very comfortable fit right out of the box. I also bought a pair of Bean's regular kangaroo leather upland boot this season, and while I like them, I like these a lot better. They are light, and your feet are much fresher in that last hour when the dog is still working roosters full speed on a cold day.
The Boa system makes them easy on and easy off, which is great at the end of a long day, or the 3rd straight long day. I've now logged hundreds of hours in the field wearing boots with Boas, and hundreds of days guiding walk-and-wade fishing in wading boots with Boas as well, w/o ever a single issue. I was skeptical about adding complexity and the potential for mechanical failure to something simple, but Boas are an evolutionary leap forward.
I wear a gaiter often when hunting. The Boa mechanism does not cause any issue with that.
I do wish Bean would offer a full kangaroo leather version. In the high wear areas on the front of the foot, plowing all day through the thick grass started the Cordura to start to pill (or whatever) a bit.
February 18, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Yellerdog Good idea poor execution
I have had three pairs of these boots in the past three years. All of these boots have been returned for the same reason. After wearing them for less than two weeks for hard upland hunting they all leaked, and had deterioration of the leather or tech material. I love the fact that they are wearable out of the box, they are lite and the Boa system is fantastic (although on the recent pair of boots the system failed to release without using leverage from a file in my multi-tool). I offered my advise to fix the problems, however, they would rather replace them on in the current case refund my money. If you want a comfortable boot without staying power these are for you.
January 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by Uplandguide1 Simply the best there is
I am an upland guide and shooting instructor. I am in the field and range 150 days a year. I have a closet filled with boots. Last year I hurt my knee needed surgery, and in September was looking for boots that were easy to get on and off and tie, because of my lost knee range of motion. Enter these boots......I can only say these boots are comfortable to wear all day, are as light as a feather, go on and off in a flash, and are warm on the coldest days, and dry when the weather is warm and damp. My closet full of boots just got reduced to one pair..and will be two pairs when these wear out, as I will buy another pair at once. My heading of "Simply the best there is" is a true as true could be. They are simply the best boots I have ever worn, hands down, bar none.
January 9, 2015