Rated 4 out of 5 by ADKMT46R Sizing Width Issue
Getting the right size hiking boot is critical to having a wonderful hiking experience and eliminate the occurrence of foot sores that can ruin any trip, long or short. For me that has always been an issue since I have a wide foot. In the past I have ordered a size 10.5 in 4E width, but I guess the market for people with the need for a 4E width in any size isn't profitable enough for all manufacturers to offer them. I therefore chose the size 11 in a Wide(2E) as recommended assuming that they probably also make a larger boot wider anyway, which apparently seems correct to some degree.
I first wore the boots right out of the box in the house with my good medium-weight hiking sock (Spring to Fall). I found the boot to be a little tight on the width after 3-4 hours, but not enough to cause extremely noticeable pain. However, keep in mind I was not hiking either. I then switched to a good light-weight hiking sock and continued my testing for 2 hours. The fit was slightly more comfortable and would probably work fine on the trails. However, I wasn't done with my testing (read on).
The next day I switched the original insole liner, which was a thin pad, with my thicker hiking Gel Pads (which are about 2x thicker) and wore light-weight socks. After an hour I noticed that the width was a little tight obviously due to the thickness of my Gel Pads. Fortunately I found that a Thin Gel Pad is sold thru at least one sports store, and is as thin as the original boot liner, but has a better cushion. In the house the fit seems fine, but I wont' know for sure until my first hike.
Unlike leather boots which might require a Break-In Period, the uppers on these boots are more flexible because of their material construction like that of a normal sneaker, but sightly sturdier & stiffer. The Vibram sole also provides a solid foot support, which one needs when hiking. I wouldn't have purchased them without a solid sole, Vibram or another brand. The inner linings felt comfortable all around my foot as well. Just how waterproof they are compared to my trusty leather boots, only time will tell. To be fair, I always treat my leather boots with waterproof spray after every 3rd hike to keep the leather from drying out and to shed not only water but dirt and mud. I expect to do the same with these boots for the same reasons, so I expect these boots to be totally waterproof during their usable life as indicated by their advertising, which says "Waterproof" not just "Water Resistant".
Finally - I have not yet had the chance to test these boots while actually hiking, but my in-home testing has been sufficient to determine if a boot is the right fit or not before hitting the trail. In the past I have sent boots back to LL-Bean and other businesses for that reason BEFORE trying them on a hike, but I've never had to send them back AFTER PASSING my in-home testing and using them on a hike. I hope this is helpful to all hikers, especially those needing a wider boot. If you need a 4E Width, try to get it, but if not maybe this review will help. Good Hiking.
May 20, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by ChicoKat Quality boots per usual
Got these as an exchange for an older version that split at the footbed. Mention this to highlight Bean's commitment to high quality product and customer satisfaction. These boots are pretty much hike ready out of the box. Solid light weight mid cut boot perfect for day hikes and could function well on a light load backpacking trip. The only minus I found on the first hike was they seemed to be slick on wet slab rocks. Traction was good on dry slick rock. See how this goes as the tread gets a little worn.
May 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ishop4value good fit
Happy with fit. Seem to be breaking in quickly. Toe box much roomier than recent Merrell hiking shoes.
May 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BryanIM Mountain Hikers Comfort
Had Mountain Hikers for years and they were so comfortable. The new pair did not disappoint. Same comfort as the old ones with a shorter break in time. Am glad I ordered these and look forward to wearing them as often as possible.
April 29, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by cjdave I like them!
I owned 5 pairs of the last series of mountain treads. the improvements with the new series with the Vibram sole is great! the old series the sole was a bit soft. these I pulled them out of the box and went for 4 miles no problems in the rocks and trails in the snow and slush. I'm very satisfied.
April 3, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by briguy1 flexible, supportive day hiker fits my WD foot
This is my 1st pair of these, switched from using ll beans low trail model hikers,,..i was looking for a mid-cut and there trail models were to high for my liking. I've used the mt. treads for a few months now on a few day hikes, i would say a bit of break in time is needed to loosen a little just a bit in the tongue area where your foot bends, but do become nice and flexible, i usually wear a 9 wide and got these in 9.5 wide to avoid any toe jamming on downhills which i have not experienced at all.I wouldn't call these boxy style hiking boots, but i have not experienced any blisters or hot spots, but i would say the fit is a bit different to me as there is good amount of leather on the top toe area and when the boots are pulled tight they kind of wrap around the foot kind of like a canvas high top, I'm not saying this is bad, no blisters, or rubbing but different.. they have a good vibram outer sole maybe a little thin and is not a overly aggressive lug . but haven't really experienced any slipping on dry rocks, haven't used too much on wet rocks. it has a great lacing system to pull tight and I've had no heel slippage. my initial impression was that maybe the cushioning was a little bit lacking , and tried inserts but that made it to snug even with mid weight wool socks, so just kept them with the ll bean inserts and no problems on the trail and not really any foot fatigue after foot swelling a bit after few hours of hiking, and my feet really didn't ache much after taking off, only gripe would be that the heel pull tab hole should be bigger hard to get your finger through to help pull on the boot but that is minor, great to have a 2nd pair of laces included, would definitely recommend this boot!
April 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BigEasyLLBeanFan great boots
I haven't used these much yet, but so far I'd say: fit well, comfortable, and not particularly heavy for hiking boots.
March 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Robinsonhiker Great Hoot for day hiking
Excellent comfort and support right out of the box. Break-in period was not required. I do 5 to 8 miles twice a week in the NC mountains and love these boots.
March 14, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by campcop Not the old style for sure
I have used the old style for years and was very disappointed in the new style, the fit is way off from the older style. I tried 3 different sizes and still could not feel comfortable in these boots. I found the heel lifted when walking and being in a search and rescue team in the mountains around Las Cruces, NM, I cannot afford blisters....now the search begins for a new boot. Fortunately LL Bean is really good about you're being happy with your purchases so maybe I will try the Crestas.
March 11, 2015