OK, so I very nearly bought a pair of Merrell Moab boots (not the shoes) today but at the last minute decided against it as I like to read the reviews to get some sort of idea as to what the various products are like. Good job I did - apparently they fall apart after about 10 minutes.
My question therefore is thus, simply: What brand of boots are good, will last, won't break the bank, etc...?
I've looked at Brasher, Hi-Tec, Meindl, Berghaus, Merrell and others and I can't decide. Help!
Sorry, I kind of realised I'd missed stuff out after I posted. In my defence, it was late/early...
I'll be using the boots for trail and hill walking, none of that scrambling stuff or climbing mountains in the pitch black at -30 etc...
As for 'break the bank', I live in Ireland so one doesn't get as much for ones money, but €150 is really the most I could stretch to at the moment. Hey, we are being bailed out, you know!
Thanks for that, guys. I looked at Berghaus Explorer Ridge and Berghaus Explorer Trek earlier, not sure... Perhaps I'm being a bit too anal about all this - the Merrell's fitted perfectly, perhaps I should have just bought the damn things...
I must add, I am in fact English and live here on a permanent basis...
I have the salomans too, degatron do them for £89 from time to time.I too tried on every boot,Scarpas,Raichles,Hanwags all which I liked features wise but my heel would lift in all of them apart from the Salomons.
Having said all that, I wear trail running shoes 80% of the time and boots/sandals the rest and I manage to cover some decent distances in trail shoes so don't bother with boots now.
I have only ever owned one pair of boots - the berghaus explorers which have been fantastic straight out of the box. They didn't even need breaking in!
I must add that 99% of the time i wear trail shoes because i feel boots are too heavy and restrictive but i don't mind the explorers.
If the Merrells fit and are comfortable then i'd compare them with others then decide whether to buy. If they do fall apart then you can go back to Merrell or the shop and try to claim a replacement/refund under the Sale of Goods Act 1979!
OK, so after 2 hours in the shop, trying on 9 pairs of boots - some of them twice lol, I blew the budget and have bought myself a gawjus pair of Meindl Burma Pro with the old Memory Foam System. They ooze quality - I love 'em!
Thanks for all your advice/ideas/help etc. Now, where's the nearest hill...?!
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