I purchased these new and broke them in for one day at home. I then proceeded to wear these for 14 days straight at Arches, Zion, Bryce, Canyon Lands, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Yosemite. I put approximately 60 miles on them in 14 days that included Angels Landing, Sentinel Dome, Navajo Loop, Delicate Arch and the North Rim Trail. NOT A SINGLE BLISTER. Most of the hikers I met at the top of each trail were wearing the high speed/high dollar Seal Team 6(GEVGRU) approved Salomon boots, undoubtedly one of the best boots ever made. I did not feel jealous or ill equipped. The only place I didn't take these was the Zion Narrows. The only negative is that all boots from Salomon are Gor-tex only. A non Gor-tex variant that drained water and dried quickly would be a wet dream come true, especially in wet places like the Narrows or hot places where Gortex is not the best tech to have.
I tried out this boot on an AT 20+ miler near Roan Mtn, TN and it needed no break-in. It performed perfectly in muddy conditions and kept a good grip on slick rocks. The high tongue stays up and the lace adjustment is a big plus. This is my third pair of Salomon's and I keep coming back. Good quality construction and fair price point.
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