I'm a carpenter. I was turned onto mountain a solo boots three years ago Always buy two pair at a time (different colors of course) lasted longer then my danners. Toe cap saves them for at least six extra months. I never owned work shoes I did it ave to break in. Nice and cozy warm As well for those global warming jan feb New Jersey days.
I've used the Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Boot for the last several years and thought I'd try something different this time. So I went with the highest rated boot. I have no idea what the hype was about. The boot is no where near as comfortable. After wearing the boots for a bit the toe area was flat out painful. The seam also split within less then a week. There is also very little tread left on the bottom of the boot. I won't be buying these again.
I bought these to use at work since I stand up all day and I needed a bit more support. These did exactly that. The heel, as I had heard, is perfect in every way. There is no slipping, no twisting, its just locked in there and doesn't move. My ankles had tons of support and I never got sore the way I did wearing shoes. My girlfriend bought the women's version for trips to rainier's base camp and other outdoorsy things and she hasn't looked back. I will probably never wear another boot again.
"These are comfortable as hell. Love at first lace up."
I was expecting a brake in period but its been the total opposite. I put my superfeet in and havent taken these off since. These past few days have been pretty cold up here and Ive been using them while im on a zamboni resurfacing outside. so theve been getting really wet but my feet have stayed warm all day. They great at work and look great when we go out to the bars. No need to bring an extra pair of shoes to work. Im planing on using these to do a few high peaks so Im pumped to put them to the test. They fit to size Im an 11 and the 11 fits perfect. If youre looking for a great looking all around boot look no further.
I picked these boots up for cheap but I would definitely go back and pay full price and I might even do that once these are done. Super waterproof and they look cool enough to wear around town. I would think if you are carrying 40-50 pounds on your back, you might want a heavier pair of boots.
These boots are great. I haven't taken them off since I bought them two months ago. I combined these with a pair of Outdoor Research Croc gaiters to get me through our recent snow storm. We got over a foot of snow, my feet didn't get wet, or cold at all. The only downfall is the tongue. I have to adjust it every now again to get the right fit.
I've had these boots for about 2 mo now and have just been wearing around town to break in for summer hiking. So far they are very comfortable and feel great to wear around in. It does take some arranging to get the tongue to fit comfortably. And my only concern is the eyelets possibly breaking from wear or a snag. And they aren't the lightest boots but they make up for them in comfort and support! Go for it!
BOTTOM LINE IS MY FEET SUCK.... Always have, I have never been able to find a pair of hiking boots or shoes that even come close to these. Break in time is minimal, boots are a bit on the heavy end when you pick them up but then feel weightless on your feet... (weird).... The lace structure is durable and makes sense. Hell, I wear these boots to work and I work on concrete floors all day... Just like wearing sneakers. The ankle support is wonderful and the overall shape of the boot works great. I would recommend this boot to anyone looking to hit the trail!!!!