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Old 04-20-2006, 12:13 AM   #61
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Cool Re: need to get a pair of hiking boots...

well, without reading over all the pages of posts......
I agree that Montrails are some of the "best" boots on the market right now, IF they fit your feet.
I know a lot of hikers here in the Northwest that swear by them, including my oldest daughter.
Alas, even Montrail says they fit about 80% of the people out there. I am apparently in the 20%.

I have extremely tough feet to fit for my 8-16 mile Cascade mountain hiking range. After going through many many boots at REI and Marmot and even Big-5 I ended up finding a pair of closeout Raichles that fit my feet like....well like gloves. Unfortunately they seem to be wearing out a lot faster than the Montrails and since the model was discontinued, I need to do the search from scratch again when these wear out, although I might start with Raichles.

I have had a LOT of bad fitting boots over the years including some VERY expensive ones. You have to try on boots and if there is ANY pressure spot or the tiniest bit of discomfort when tromping around at the store, move on. Don't believe the sales people when they say "they will break in" or "we can stretch them". If you can't do a tricky lacing (and that is only when desparate) to make them work they just aren't right. Even at that, it can be a gamble and fit problems may not show up until a number of miles into a hike.

Oh yes, and please don't do as we have seen some people, who wear their band new boots right out of the box for the first time on a nice long hike. THAT is a disaster with almost any boot. Wear them around work and home for awhile before hitting the trail. You will be glad you did. Don't listen to the sales people that try to sell poor fitting boots based on "break in" but realize they do have to break in before they will be totally compatible with your feet for a LONG hike. ( or maybe your feet are what is conforming)

just my two cents and probably already well stated in the posts I didn't wade through.
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Old 03-29-2019, 11:32 PM   #62
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Hey there,

I don't have any hiking shoes but I have great experience with hiking shoes with my friend's hiking shoes. We were trekking from 7 hours and my shoe got damaged and then one of my friends gave me hiking shoe pair to wear and I spend 3 days with that shoe. The shoe was really amazing and so comfortable. Love the hiking shoe and now planning to buy, and if you want to know any brand then you can go for wildcraft brand but it is a little bit expensive. So, you have another option, you can go for Indestructible shoes. Hope it would help you.
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