Most comfortable, not at all durable.
Ok so let's start with the good - I bought these to replace a pair of the same boots from the previous series. They were great, but I had worn them through some insanely rough muddy hikes and wore out the goretex. I had them 2 years and this was the time they stated the gore tex was good for, so I guess I can't complain. I bought these to keep the level of comfort, they are insanely light, extremely comfortable, and help you move fast. I particularly love the well cushioned footbed that allows me to walk on hard ground without discomfort. But these boots fail in a few places, and hard. First off, these things were just not waterproof. Like the last pair, these wore out. But unlike the last pair, it happened during the first hike! 2 days in and one second stepping in a stream and the water soaked right through around the sides of the front of both of my feet, where the toes meet the foot. That was game out for me, and these boots prove that the trade off for comfort and light weight is durability. Second, the extremely flexible rubber sole means that if you hike on rocks or extremely rocky/sharp trails regularly you will absolutely feel the pain in your feet. Finally, the little stretchy pouch on the tongue of the boot that holds the pull tab for the laces came unstitched on the first day. It appears that it will continue to come unstitched until it actually comes apart. Solomon has a great idea for a boot here, very light and nimble, but they really have to do something about this problem of durability and waterproofing. I'm concluding that these boots are for very casual light hikers who really don't need to worry about heavy or long term use. The real thing that is making me return them is the waterproofing though, because there's just no excuse for that. I'll research and maybe try a more durable and heavy pair of solomons next, I want to give them a fair chance and I like the level of comfort.
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