I took a while to write this review because I wanted to make sure I provided an honest critique of this product. They are a tool that should provide the user many hours of outdoor enjoyment while providing protection and comfort. I think that these boots will do just that but at some cost to the user. First they are not inexpensive boots, handmade in Europe, Romania as a matter of fact. the materials and workmanship appear to be quite good. I did however find the sole insert to be little more than a piece of stamped cardboard. The system of attaching the sole to the boot appears to be a little suspect also. I have notice just the slightest separation around the edges and am concerned about failure over time. The rand and lasting board are very sturdy. You are going to need some miles (50 or more) to develop any kind of flexibility in the lasting board. Very good performance over the sharp stuff, scree and talus are no problem. You will barely notice sharp objects underfoot. OK shoe.
Traveled the camino de Santiago in Spain. Wonderful support for rough terrain, and supportive for urban settings. Would have seriously injured my ankles without them. Walked 12-20 miles a day with 20 lb pack. Love the boots!
I not only wear this boot for hiking, but EVERY DAY ALL DAY LONG!!!! I have a bad back and bad knees and need a solid boot with great support. This boot fits the bill. I can wear it all day long and my feet still feel great when I take them off. Rugged, dependable, and orange...what more could a guy ask for!