These are the best boots I've ever owned, hands down. I am a field geologist- between field work and recreation I've put about 150 miles on these. Quality is superb, fit is perfect.
I have a very wide and flat foot, sized up by a half to a 45 and they fit flawlessly. The leather, at 3mm thick, is some of the toughest around. These boots have taken me across the white mountains of NH in both the summer and winter, Mt Shasta (CA), and the Oregon coastal range, and trudged through sharp garnet quarries in northern NY. Never had cold feet, never overheated. Some scratches and nicks but otherwise in perfect shape. I wear these with a thin nylon liner, and thick wool socks in all seasons. I've never had problems with blisters or heat spots, even during break-in which didn't take long. The lace pattern enables quick modification to pull the boot snug against the foot.
I coated the boots with Sno-Seal when I first bought them, and recommend others do the same to impregnate the leather. This helps maintain water-proof qualities and prevents the leather from drying out. With this coating, I can fully submerge the boot and it remains dry.
The half shank sole provides ample support in any conditions, and although they're heavy I appreciate the sturdy feel when climbing up uneven terrain.
Finally, I've received many compliments on these over the years- apparently they look sharp to. For the money, you won't find a better "do-anything" boot out there.
(Posted on 7/31/2017)
I had this boot, wore the sole off after 6 years. Got re-soled from third party. Bad idea. A few years later, bought the exact same pair- I just loved the fit, comfort and look. I think they raised the cuff a bit in the current iteration (possibly for the WLF standard?) didn't make a difference- in fact, I like it a little higher.
In total, I have probably around 11 years in this boot model across 2 pairs. Took it on a NOLS semester in college. Now, I'm a professional geologist in mineral exploration in places like Alaska/Yukon/New Zealand. The thing that makes this boot great is that is the following: 1) comfort (awesome). 2) break in period (basically non-existent). 3. Just the right amount of stiffness/flex ratio- it's basically a mountaineering boot, but feels like a sneaker. I can wear them all day. 4) Full leather upper with seamless (no stitching) billows tongue (waterproof!!!) 5) NO GORETEX!!! GORETEX doesn't work when it gets dirty, and it's just a plastic bag around your foot in that case. Total marketing gimmick in a full leather boot- everything gets wet, anyway.
My one beef is that the the soles on this pair are slightly separating from the leather at the toe. It's a small peel back- only a few mm, could probably be an easy fix that should get done soon. My buddy bought a pair, and his are not doing that. Could be a one-off problem.
(Posted on 3/24/2017)
Purchased a pair for work with the US Forest Service. not direct fireline boots but WOW! amazing traction. Have about 100 miles on them so far and one 21 day fire assignment. They run small, recommend 1/2 to 1 size larger. Wear light liner socks and medium wool or blend socks
Love them so far
(Posted on 11/16/2016)
I have had these boots for six years and they are the best climbing boots I have ever had. As a Lineman I climb a lot and my feet are my income and after spending a day on a power pole my feet do not hurt. I am currently looking for a new pair but I can't seem to find them in the wider sizes anymore. Any one know where to find hem in the wider sizes that sport chalet and REI dont carry anymore?
(Posted on 5/13/2013)