Philmont Scout Ranch in Boulder Boots
In june, I completed an 82 mile backpacking trip in New Mexico. Rugged Trek #24. We climbed two mountains, Tooth of Time and Baldy. I had been training in zero drop shoes before switching to Boulder Boots so my feet and muscles were ready for the change. I wanted light boots. My pack was 18lbs before food and water. Loaded I was around 35 lbs. The boots made it through the trip and I was never in pain, and no blisters. I also used trail toes to avoid blisters. The boots were comfortable to wear in camp after the long days. They really held up great overall and the lack of a heel was not an issue. I added an after market rock plate just for more protection. The leather at the toe separated from the sole a little. I was able to super glue it back together when I got back. The cavas held up great with no cuts or tears from any of the sharp rocks of which there were a lot. They got wet a couple of times and dried quickly. When the trails were wet they got slick in places. The traction was a little dicy at those times.. The leather along the side and front of the boot is showing signs of cracking. I have tried to treat it with some leather lotion. The leather at the heels take the Philmont brands very well. A great boot for the trip. No regrets on the choice. I am not sure this pair could make a second trip, but I would buy another pair to go again. I had other friends on the trip who bought much more rigid, heavy and expensive boots for the trip, but these were great for me. If the leather held up better and the toe separation had not started, I would have given the 5 stars.
Reviewed by: Chris from Allen, TX.