I'm a vasque man here. I'm the kind of person that shows an incredible amount of brand loyalty. Probably to a fault. But if I like what you put out I'll stick with you. On the other hand if you put out something I don't like I'll never come back. I've had the vasque wasatch and now I have the st Elias. No complaints yet. My favorite boot was one made by Cabelas bought back in 1999. They are now discontinued I wore the soles off mine and still duct taped them up and wore them as long as I could till the wife made me toss them. I really loved those boots. My two cents is similar to everyone else's find your style of hiking and buy accordingly. You can go with a tank or a sports car. I tend to go with the heavier boot. Some like a simple light trail runner type shoe. They don't provide much protection and you'll have wet feet but they'll dry faster. If you go with a heavy waterproof boot make sure you keep water out of them cause the same protection that keeps moisture out will bite you and keep moisture in if you make a mistake and get them wet. That makes for a long day and a horrible morning. Socks are important too. Get a good wool pair and carry an extra pair. That's as important as the boot IMHO.
Last Edit: Oct 29, 2014 21:24:22 GMT -5 by dunkard