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Backpacker Magazine – March 2005
Give this boot a little time to really feel broken-in, and it will reward you with years of comfortable hiking.
This instant classic has a full-grain leather upper, but it's no more expensive than its synthetic-upper predecessor. The bomber construction, scar-proofing rubber rand, and versatile fit (widths from A to EE) make this boot a top choice for hard-to-fit hikers who want a shoe that will last for years. Our tester says, "Support and traction are excellent, and the well-padded shafts protected my ankles even under nightmare combinations of heavy pack and gravelly sidehills." It takes patient break-in to get the tongue and Achilles regions to fold properly, but you'll be paid back with a well-fitting workhorse. $175