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Upon Initial Lookover and Walk Seems to be "decent" but not fully convinced...
Reviewed in Canada on January 12, 2020
I had a pair of Merrells that these are replacing for my hiking boots and upon receipt I took them out, they of course "smell" as many have said from the manufacturing "off-gassing" that happens during transport.
Now, immediately I noted how rigid these feel and are not as flexible as the Merrells were as new and that is somewhat disconcerting given the cooler winter we are having and how these will hold up. More on that later.
Now the extra laces...well not sure about the "why" on these so again will have to see if the ones provided are useless or just an extra pair of laces.
I did spray waterproofing on the boots as I do with every pair of hikers that I own just for added as the mesh looking material didn't give me a warm and fuzzy feel.
Fit is as expected, I wear a size 10, ordered a size 10 and viola!
They fit snug initially but are starting to loosen up a bit as the foot bet compresses so I'm hoping for a bit more room for my wool hiking socks.
Grip is good and the sole seems well made again with some shale hikes I do my Merrells lasted incredibly long so if I get 2/3 of the wear out of these in the same areas, I'll be happy with that.
I'll do a follow up review in a months time or 2 as that is when the rubber meets the road quite literally.