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Rated 4 out of 5
by Ernie77 Very Comfy but a little funky. But I'll keep them.
Make no doubt this is a comfortable shoe. Length and width are right on! Walking over a rocky surface the load distribution is even throughout the sole. No pressure points! It has a wide sole that is very stable. No extended break-in required, as the sole and upper are both moderately flexible. Craftsmanship is very nice. The Gore-Tex liner is very nicely sewn in place without any wrinkles or loose material.
However there are some design considerations that are questionable. It seems that the designer wanted entry and exit from the shoe to be very easy, and it is. I can easily slip in and out of the shoe (almost like a moccasin), because the upper eyelet is a hook which allows the lace to fall away and the shoe to open wide. Its an interesting feature, but I'm already annoyed at having to re-lace the hook every time I put the shoe on. Additionally, the tongue is very short and narrow. It barely extends past the top of the shoe and does not tuck in under the edge of eyelets like you'd expect. I also think the there should have been some additional material in the front of the shoe to cover over the tongue, so that the eyelets could be brought closer together. Not to tie the shoe tighter but to do a better job of closing the front of the shoe, particularly on wider feet!. Photo attached.
October 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by InigoM Outstanding hiking shoes
I've only had these shoes for one week, but have already done two strenuous day hikes wearing them. No break-in period was needed--from the moment I put them on and began hiking, they were very comfortable. Both hikes were in sloppy conditions, and I was pleased with how grippy the shoes were and that my feet remained dry.
September 24, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by SleepyJeff Comfortable but...
The shoes are very comfortable - the sole is well cushioned to withstand rocks and uneven ground. The issue is the way the shoes lace and the lack of length on the tongue. The shoes use a hook instead of an eye on the top for the laces. This wouldn't be a major problem if the tongue wasn't too short. As you walk, the laces work over the top of the tongue and then unhook from the shoe - forcing you to stop all too frequently to retie the laces. The laces are also part of the problem in they don't stay tight. A poor choice of material for the laces. I will likely replace the laces in the near future, but for a $120+ shoe, I shouldn't need to do this.
July 29, 2014