Rated 2 out of 5 by MillaJ I really wanted to like these boots . . .
I wore these boots an average of 3 times a week for 11 months and I came to dread putting them on my feet. They never felt like they "broke in" and were still rubbing blisters on my heels when I finally bought a new pair to replace them. The insoles were hard and uncomfortable and the ankles very stiff and constricting. I know that LLbean would have refunded my money and that is clearly what I should have done, I just didn't want the hassle. But save your money. These are not comfortable boots. Please bring back the Pathfinder hikers in wide sizes!
May 21, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by ErinMA Great sturdy boot, but even the wides are narrow
I normally wear an 8.5 Wide, sometimes a 9. I ordered an 8.5 and a 9 as some reviews said these run narrow. I tried them on with mid-weight hiking socks as recommended. I could barely fit my feet into the 8.5 pair. The 9s were too narrow and felt like they were crushing the bones of my feet. (I have what are called tailor's bunions or bunionettes on the outside of my feet).
Otherwise the boots looked great, like they would provide a lot of ankle support, which for me is the main purpose of sturdy hiking boots. Unfortunately I have to return them due to the width. I have 8.5 Wide hiking boots that I bought from LL Bean about 16 years ago that still fit, but they don't have much cushioning left so they're not really suitable for hiking anymore. Since then I haven't been able to find any LL Bean hiking boots that fit, though I keep trying.
May 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by CMJ2 Great boot
Almost didn't get these because lots of reviews say how stiff the ankle is, but, isn't that the point? Not too stiff for me. My feet feel great in these, ordered a size up from my usual size. Great price too, boots can get expensive. For the quality, the guarantee, and the name, these are terrific boots! Thanks Bean!
May 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lusitanea Love it
Love these boots, fit just perfect. Received them in 1 business day, Super fast service. WOW
April 2, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by NaturalGardener11 Too Stiff
I really liked this Hiker except for the fact that it is heavier than expected and the high top ankle is VERY stiff. It is just too uncomfortable for my ankles.
March 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLBeansince74 mid-cut hikers
perfect fit with the recommended mid-weight socks which I ordered as well. I'm looking forward to lots of sure-footed hiking and confident my ankles will be protected.
March 4, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by mtngirl2497 wish they fit
I love the look of these boots.. But I ordered the wide.. And they are not nearly wide enough..
March 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by AnthroLover Great boots!
As I read some of the reviews on these boots, I saw "narrow in the toes," I am usually a size 8, so I got a size 8.5 and they are perfect. It took me about a week, wearing them everyday, to break them in, but now they are very comfortable. Because of the mid-cut I definitely have to wear at least ankle socks to avoid rubbing against my skin. Also I was only lacing them below the top two hooks to allow a little more movement in the ankle area, but the shoe laces proved too long when the lace-loop on one boot got caught in the hook of the other boot. This problem can easily be solved if you are willing to tuck in the laces or perhaps wrap them around your ankle before tying them. Either way the boots are extremely comfortable, durable, warm when I wear them in the snow, but clearly breathable, and I definitely find myself being projected forward into a nice stride when I walk around campus. Can't wait to go hiking with them!
March 2, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Berries55 Dangerous
These boots are lovely in design and horrible in fit. The backs of the boots are so tight around the Achillex tendons the wearer could be injured. My own skinny calves and ankles did not make any difference. The width of my "wide" boots was narrower than any "medium" boots. I wish they worked, because the insulation and treads are great.
February 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tooterbird Best boot
I've been searching for a comfortable and sturdy hiking boot for awhile and could get one or the other but all other boots fell short of the goal until this boot. And, it is a good color, too. These will get a lot of use.
February 25, 2015