I've got a pair of Danner 453 GTXs that I quite like. Got 'em for around $140. I did about 9 miles in 'em the first weekend I had 'em and found that they were pretty comfy from the get-go and didn't take much breaking in. I've probably done about 30 miles with 'em so far and I have no complaints.
I've been wearing Zamberlains for a long time... right now my current pair are Vioz GT Backpackers... they say they are designed for extended backpacking, long treks and four season hikes. And after wearing them on a few thru hikes, I would tend to believe them.
The things are exceptional... on my thru hikes my pack typically weighs around 40-45 pounds at the start (due to food stores) and a thru hike for me will typically take 2 weeks, that's typically the longest I can take from work. Although, this particular pair has carried me through a month long meandering through the John Muir Trail.
Can't say enough good about them... they do size kind of small. When these ones wear out in a few years I'll buy another pair.
I recommend the Lowa Zephyr Mids. I picked these up last year at REI on sale and they have been the best fitting boot I have worn. The are light weight and offer good ankle support. I also wear the military version of this boot over here in Afghanistan. The only difference is the military version is 2 inches taller. I usually wear a size 11 in most boots but wear a size 11 1/2 in Lowas. I also have the Lowa Desert Elite boots as well in 11 1/2. I plan on buying the Lowa Camino boots when I get back for mountain climbing.
Also, here is a good site for some Lowa Boot reviews. He does a real good job on the reviews and always posts great pics. Several Lowa models are shown on the page.
I have a pair of Asolo Echo boots and I have worn them on every hike, backpack and course for the past 4 years. They still llook new. They just don't wear out. I never once had a blister or sore spot while wearing them. Great boot for the price. Here are some on STP, if you look about on the site there are coupons available. You could get some for around $100.
bought a pair of Keens today. I had worn out a pair of Merrells in seven months. I like merrell"s. but there were none my size. The Keens seem to fit and are water proof , but mileage may vary.
Chippewa boots are by far the best that I have ever owned. They are as tough as can be.
I just got a pair of Lowa Combat GTX boots. They were on sale so couldn't resist. They are superb German quality construction, leather upper, Goretex lined with Vibram sole.
so far very comfortable, if a bit stiff when first worn...I guess the leather will supple up.
Danner Rough out boots, the goretex versions. Fantastic boots, don't even need breaking in (although I suppose the softness and non stiffness creates less ankle support). I have had mine for about a year, and love them. Planning on using them for a year of hitchhiking. Don't think i'll be dissapointed!
I would recommend Asolos any day
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