Click for Mount Washington, New Hampshire Forecast

Mt. Washington Temp.
Click pic for forecast.

...More Topics...

 

 

Get Firefox!

Backcountry ski and snowboard gear, camping

Donate towards my web hosting bill!

Made with CSS

Validated by W3C

       
View unanswered posts | View active topics It is currently Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:55 am



Reply to topic  [ 37 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next
 What Brand of Hiking Boot/Shoe do you Prefer? It's a Poll 

What's your Brand?
Asolo  22%  [ 8 ]
Hi-Tec  0%  [ 0 ]
Keen  14%  [ 5 ]
L.L. Bean  17%  [ 6 ]
Limmer  8%  [ 3 ]
Lowa  6%  [ 2 ]
Merrell  28%  [ 10 ]
North Face  0%  [ 0 ]
Vasque  6%  [ 2 ]
Total votes : 36

 What Brand of Hiking Boot/Shoe do you Prefer? It's a Poll 
Author Message
Hiking Forums Are My Crack
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:39 am
Posts: 5664
Location: Not Mass 8)
Reply with quote
 What Brand of Hiking Boot/Shoe do you Prefer? It's a Poll
From recently revived thread, I thought this would be interesting.

I've tried Asolo, Hi-Tec, Lowa and Merrell. I've found for myself that nothing but Merrell's will go on my feet. I have 2 pairs. 1 for backpacking and some whacks (Perimeter), very water proof. Another for everything else(Radius Mid) superior grip. Again, for myself, these have been extremely comfortable right out of the box.:D

So what's your brand?

P.S. These are just peoples opinions of what works for them. No opinion bashing please. :P

Also, if there's a brand I missed, just write it in. I thought these would cover most.

_________________
Adventure is not a race. - Unknown


Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:55 am
Profile
Peak Bagger
Peak Bagger
User avatar

Joined: Tue May 24, 2011 9:06 pm
Posts: 345
Location: Spencer, Mass
Reply with quote
 
I have only tried one brand and that is Vasque. Extremely happy with them. They stay dry and give good ankle support. They also are strong enough to protect my feet on the sharper rocks.

My wife though is the shopper in the family. She tried quite a few pairs before her trip to the Badlands and found that she really liked LL Bean. But she's not here so her vote does not count. ;)

Eric

_________________
"Got my sunshine, I'll get by"
NH4K: 5/48


Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:13 am
Profile
Adept Ascender
Adept Ascender
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:07 am
Posts: 688
Location: Cambridge, MA
Reply with quote
 
I really like the Salomons that I've got. They're very light, have good ankle support, waterproof and have good traction.

_________________
Tony
NH4ks 48/48


Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:19 am
Profile
Sovereign Woodsman
User avatar

Joined: Tue May 29, 2007 8:40 pm
Posts: 1943
Reply with quote
 
I started in Vasques, but they were old and worn.

I replaced them with LL Bean Crestas which were rock solid, but heavy.

I am currently using a Scarpa, but it's not quite big enough I fear :(

Tim

_________________
Bike, Hike, Ski, Sleep, Eat, Fish, Repeat


Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:30 am
Profile
I Spend All My Time on This Forum
I Spend All My Time on This Forum

Joined: Wed Feb 14, 2007 2:04 pm
Posts: 3734
Location: Newmarket, NH
Reply with quote
 
I put my vote in for L.L. Bean, because I really like my L.L Bean Cresta Hikers for 3 seasons. But I like my Merrell Thermo 6 winter boots too. Not the warmest boot around, but they do the job for me.

_________________
"Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes" -Steven Winterburn


Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:57 am
Profile
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 28, 2004 8:13 pm
Posts: 2027
Location: Mt Lafayette Winter 2009
Reply with quote
 
I like the REI Free Spirit models (actually made by Reichle). I've owned the II's and III's but I don't think they make them any more under the REI brand....at least I haven't seen them recetly.
Next pair will probably be Vasque or La Sportiva

_________________
"My feet is my only carriage..." Bob Marley


Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:48 am
Profile
Sovereign Woodsman
User avatar

Joined: Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:56 pm
Posts: 1442
Location: Canaan, NH
Reply with quote
 
I currently wear a pair of Tecnica Nepal GTX. http://www.quota2912montagna.com/prodot ... -p538.html They fit my feet fine and are pretty bulletproof. The main reason I wear them though was the price. They only sold a couple hundred pair in the country so they aren't that popular. Since I work for the company I get a great discount. I checked Lowa because they are a sister company and make most of the hiking/backpacking boots now. Tecnica has recently focused more on trail runners and a couple of light hikers. My feet aren't too fussy and can adapt to most shoes. I consider myself lucky for that.

_________________
Ian


Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:57 am
Profile
Sovereign Woodsman
User avatar

Joined: Sat Sep 05, 2009 7:35 pm
Posts: 2766
Location: south of the notches
Reply with quote
 
Funny...we were talking about this on Sunday. I'm on my 2nd pair of Keens. I like the fit. However, this is the replacement pair to cover a defective pair and after only the 2nd time wearing them I was carrying parts of them down in my pack. Weird.

I like Merrills, they seem to be on a par with the Keens. I got a better deal on the Keens so I went with those. I do have a pair of Garmont leathers for the winter. Love 'em. First pair I've owned that keep my feet warm AND dry on the winter hikes.

I also have a pair of Solomon's for winter hiking. They're really more of a snowshoe boot but they're super warm and lightweight.

_________________
Life is a trip ~ pack accordingly


Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:28 pm
Profile
Flatfoot
Flatfoot

Joined: Fri Aug 05, 2005 5:13 pm
Posts: 19
Location: Merrimack, NH
Reply with quote
 
3-Season hiking = trail runners - La Sportiva Raptors, Inov-8 Roclite 295's, Montrail's, Vasque - would love to be able to wear Salomon;s but they are not a good fit. The ones with the stickiest rubber!

Winter - Garmont Momentum Snow GTX, La Sportiva Nepal Evo's

_________________
Bob & Geri
bobandgeri@rbhayes.net

http://www.rbhayes.net/


Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:55 pm
Profile
Hiking Forums Are My Crack
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:39 am
Posts: 5664
Location: Not Mass 8)
Reply with quote
 
Wow, guess I missed a lot of brands. :oops: Just goes to show though. People take care of their feet. :)

_________________
Adventure is not a race. - Unknown


Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:43 pm
Profile
Peak Bagger
Peak Bagger

Joined: Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:54 pm
Posts: 256
Location: Belmont, NH
Reply with quote
 
My wife and I are both wearing Merrils and are very happy. I need a new pair however and was looking at the Garmont, so I'm glad Kathy mentioned them. If they make a good winter boot, I would think their three season boot would be a good shoe also.


Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:33 pm
Profile
Adept Ascender
Adept Ascender
User avatar

Joined: Fri May 09, 2008 6:20 am
Posts: 529
Location: the moon
Reply with quote
 
I'm currently using Asolo Powermatic 500GV's. This is my third pair of Asolo's. Went through two pairs of FSN 95's in less than a year, then decided to go big. The Powermatics are a very heavy, but very comfortable boot, my only gripe being that the tread could be deeper, and will wear out far too fast. This will probably be my last pair of Asolo's though. I figure one more season, then probably something with a Norweigian Welt sole. The all leather uppers are awesome, but I'm not interested if they cant be re-soled easily.


Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:37 pm
Profile
Sovereign Woodsman
User avatar

Joined: Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:34 pm
Posts: 1057
Location: Western Mass. Avatar: West Bond
Reply with quote
 
I've had many different brands over the years (Timberland,
Vasque, LL Bean, etc). I didn't vote because I don't really
have a preference.

Currently, I've just about blown out my second pair of
Men's Hikers from Cabela's, and will get a new pair this
upcoming Christmas. Luckily, they have them in my
oddball footsize- 12 Wide.

They kinda look like this..
Image

_________________
ImageImage


Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:29 pm
Profile
Flatfoot
Flatfoot

Joined: Sun May 01, 2011 8:56 am
Posts: 4
Location: Hanover, NH
Reply with quote
 
Have Merrill Moabs GTX and Vasque's but prefer Merrill's.


Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:41 pm
Profile
I Spend All My Time on This Forum
I Spend All My Time on This Forum
User avatar

Joined: Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:52 pm
Posts: 4700
Location: Goffstown Avatar:I love you, you love me!
Reply with quote
 
I started in Hi-Tec's. They were OK, but they did not stay waterproof after a year. Moved on to a pair of L.L. Bean Crestas. After a few thousand miles on those it was time for a new pair. I am now on my second pair of Crestas. When these finally meet their maker I will replace them with a third pair. I love my Crestas. :lol:

Brian


Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:59 pm
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic   [ 37 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group.
Designed by Hike-NH.com based on STSoftware.