Rated 3.9 out of 5áby 7
Rated 5 out of 5áby qdxlr8 Great boot!
I've worn my new boots several times now and I find them very comfortable, very! They also have excellent traction, and my feet have stayed dry through the snow and slush. I like them very much and will definitely keep them. However, on the off-chance that LLBean reads these things, I agree with a couple of other comments made about the tongue and the laces at the top. The tongue is short?, and one needs to adapt to the adjustment necessary to lace and tie the top of the boot without a small amount of annoyance. Certainly not enough to cause me to think of returning them. QD.
January 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby CJ84 Excellent shoes!
I have a been a Merrill footwear owner for years. I decided to purchase the LL bean ascender hiking boots because of their waterproof *Gore-Tex* material. I wear these for 8-12 hours a day working in a cold wet environment. They are extremely comfortable, great support and absolutely waterproof. I am usually one to be skeptical of things like that, But they are not only water proof and warm, but actually very breathable! Once again, LL Bean has out done itself it creating a superior product and standing by their name if there is anything you don't like about them you can return them for something that will fit your needs!! I most definitely recommend purchasing these if you are looking for comfort and a durable shoe!
December 10, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5áby duckfeathers Sent back
Heel end was so low there was nothing to fit into. Measured 3/4 inch lower than other footware I have.
December 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby DougT Comfortable
Great walking shoe. Plenty of comfort and support inside of shoe.
November 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5
áby 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 5áby 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 5áby 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