I just bought a pair of these boots. I tried them for a
couple of days so far, but looks like it's not going to
work. Seems like the second pair of eyelets rub against the
base of my toes when I lift my heel when walking. Maybe I
need to try a larger size, but the boot feels comfortable.
The salesman at the store mentioned that they were more
appropriate for narrow feet, maybe that's the problem, my
feet must be wider than normal. I'm going back to the store
and return these, too bad because I liked them.
I use these boots to wade through muskeg, deep wet moss, and
stream beds/shallow creeks all the time. Coupled with a set
of decent gaters, they work very well. The tread design is
very good at grabbing wet ground and all but the slipperiest
rocks and logs. I live in Southeast Alaska and do a lot of
photography related hiking and all of this country is
wet......and half the time the ground just sinks around your
feet. A waterproof boot is a necessity. These are a little
heavier and more stiff then a light hiker, but I find that
to be a plus in steep country and on rocks giving more
positive ankle and foot support. These are comfortable and
durable. I'd recommend them to anyone hiking in wet country
or needing a more rugged boot for other uses. Fantastic
Just one single issue with these otherwise great boots is
killing my hoofs ...... Second lace attachment (from the
bottom, on the out side of the boot) forms a welt on the
inside of the boot under the padding/lining that digs into
my foot. Yesterday I retreated from the summit slabs of my
training hill, in pain........sad, sad! I've had the boots
for about two months and can't break that in. Any advise?
I submitted an earlier review a few years back on these same
pair of boots. Wore these on my 10 day trip to Peru in the
Sacred Valley. We did short day hikes. Wore these up Huayna
Picchu above Machu Picchu after an all night rain storm.
Slick stones and almost vertical climb in some areas. The
grip of the soles were incredible. Never slipped. Also
brought a new pair of Loess to give my Phasers a break. Both
pair were incredible. Wore the Phasers the first 3 days
straight - airport, hotel, Lima, and Cusco. Could not
believe how comfortable my feet were. Wore with new Nike
cotton socks. No blisters.