From the EMS Website:
EMS Men's Summit II GTX Boots
Tried and trusted by countless backpackers, this all-leather classic has kept many an ankle protected while keeping the weight to a minimum. Features Gore-Tex® and Vibram®.
"Despite their heavy-duty build, the Summits were comfortable straight from the box, with no folds or pressure points anywhere." - Backpacker Gear Guide, March 2006
Perfect for longer backpacking trips or day hikes over extra-rough terrain
Nubuck leather upper lasts long when properly cared for
Removable anatomical footbed cradles your foot for greater support
Gore-Tex® membrane repels rain and snow while allowing interior moisture to escape
Polyurethane midsole won't compress and break down over time
Nylon shank protects the bottom of your foot, letting you walk over jagged rocks in comfort
Vibram® Werewolf outsole provides all-terrain grip
Midsole/outsole can be resoled
SpecsFrom the EMS Website:
Avg. Weight (pair) 3 lb. 8 oz.
Boot/Shoe Type Backpacking Boot
Upper Nubuck leather
Outsole Vibram® Werewolf
Outsole Flex Rigid
Ankle Height High Cut
Ankle Support Excellent
Terrain Very Rough
Foot Volume Medium
Heel Width Medium/Wide
Forefoot Width Wide
Observations:Simply put, this was the best $160 I ever spent on a pair of boots. I've had these boots for nearly 7 years and have never once had a blister in them. For those of you who use these in wet/snowy weather, I've reapplied SnoSeal to these boots many times, and they have kept my feet dry until just this past year (Keep in mind this was after 7 YEARS of backpacking AND casual use). They still keep my feet dry in rain, but now sustained snow use will start to soak through the leather. I'd say after 7 years of use, that is definitely acceptable.
If you're the kind of person who routinely hikes with 30, 40, or even 50+ pounds on your back over rough ground, you'll appreciate the feel, comfort, sturdiness, and durability of these boots. They will keep your feet dry and happy. These are a great boots!
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