I must admit that it was the colour that caught my attention first “Glacier Blue.” I wasn’t going to be hiking on glaciers on this trip, but I would be in the midst of many icebergs. Waterproof was the main feature I required and according to the clerk at MEC, there is a little tag as pictured on the side of the boot that certifies them waterproof. I first wore them jumping into a zodiac off an expedition ship in Greenland, hoping they would be comfortable and oh, they were. They felt immediately like my boots because I didn’t even realize I was wearing them as I hiked many miles that first day of wear. I loved how they hugged my ankles – not too tight and not too loose, while giving the ideal amount of support. Going from a regular trail shoe on previous trips to this colourful boot has been an easy transition with no breaking in required.
Fortunately for the real test, the rain was torrential while I hiked, and they didn’t take on a drop. Admiring glances and comments on the colours didn’t hurt a bit, including the colour coordination with my turquoise jacket. I wouldn’t limit them to long hikes. Totally breathable and a cushioned sole made my feet very happy. Made of nubuck leather, with an abrasion-resistant mesh combined with a waterproof breathable membrane that keeps the rain out while letting sweat out. The asymmetrical collar fits with the ankle insuring a chafe-free walk. Good treads on the sole give traction on those muddy hills or roads.