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Good solid boot if they suit your foot
on 7 April 2015
I will start this review by declaring that I am having trouble with finding decent hiking boots for my feet. I bought these as they were a great price (£40) and a decent brand. I bought a 10 as I need to use decent insoles and supports for my feet. It is lucky that I wanted to use other insoles, the ones with this boot were flat cutouts, at this price (or the rrp) I would expect something better than this.A basic profiled footbed makes a lot of difference to a boot.
So, basic footbed installed (borrowed from my Columbia boots) I tried these out. They are a more generous fit than I had expected. The 10 still needed thick socks or a higher volume footbed. I tried a pair of Sole heat moulded insoles, these were better for volume inside the boot, but then I found that it was uncomfortable across the top of the foot where it laces up. I also found that the grip around the heel was not so good, even with good socks the boot slipped up and down and for me that would end up with a blister after a couple of miles. I would exchange these for a 9, but I am not sure that would be any good either, as I think the loss of length may cause a problem with my big toes, so they are going back.
Moral of the story, I think you need to try boots in a boot shop.
There are some good points to these boots. The soles seem good, the boot is solid to step in, with no real roll and they feel like they would offer good grip. Ankle support seems good without rubbing on your legs. They seem well made, there were no problems with the stitching or eyelets in the short time I had them.
With careful sizing and selection of the perfect insole and sock, these just might provide many miles of mountain fun, but based on previous disasters, I have learnt to trust early niggles about walking boots and these do not suit me.