Great if you need that extra toe room!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I have always had a really hard time finding hiking boots that fit. My feet are shaped a little odd - my big toe slants in towards my little toe, causing my toes to crunch together and a bunion-like bone on the side of my foot to protrude. While still having a narrow heel and ankle, I need a lot of room in the toe box. I have given up on hiking boots, never being able to find something that doesn't crunch my toes up and cut off my circulation. I switched to trail running shoes instead, which have been great except for when I want to go on winter hikes in the snow. These are perfect for winter, and actually fit my feet with their extra room in the toe box and on the side to accommodate bunions. I took them on a couple snowy/muddy hikes and they were great. The Goretex membrane kept my feet nice and dry, and the gripping on the soles really held up in the slippery snow and wet mud. These are a perfect winter hiking/backpacking boot that fits with a wider toe box and a narrow heel. Would definitely recommend!