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Gear Details: Boots

New Balance Rainier 1500

Manufacturer: New Balance

SKU: MO1500/WO1500

Product Details:
Product Year2009
Usage:Off-Trail: All leather, very stiff soles, high-cut support, minimal seams, excellent traction, and usually waterproof.
Height:high-cut
Sole Construction:cemented, glued
Upper:Full-grain leather
Membrane:Gore-Tex
Lining:Full leather
Sizing
Narrow Medium Wide Weight Price
Men's Whole Sizes 12 - 15 12 - 15 12 - 15 1, 6 170
Men's Half Sizes 9 - 11.5 7 - 11.5 7 - 11.5    
Women's Whole Sizes 11 - 13 11 - 13 11 - 13 2, 2 170
Women's Half Sizes 8 - 10.5 6 - 10.5 8 - 10.5    
A stable and durable hiking boot built for multi-day hiking trips and traveling with a pack, the Rainier 1500 features a unique combination of athletic fit and comfort combined with all the necessary outdoor features such as a GORE-TEX upper and Vibram Trek Rubber outsole. A monogusset tongue construction keeps debris out of the shoe and reduces the potential number of irritation points in the collar. Lace locking hardware at the flex notch and the top eyelet provide for an adjustable yet secure fit. PU-coated leather along the mud guard ensures protection and durability while full grain leather throughout the rest of the upper offers natural comfort and flexibility.

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