Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Moraine
Manufacturer Montrail
Page By keema
Page Type Jun 2, 2002 / Jun 2, 2002
Object ID 331
Hits 4656
Folded Gusset
3-D Tongue
IntegraFit Last
Hinging Upper
Vibram Outsole
Crampon compatible
Leather heel liner
Weight 2 lb 6 oz./ 1,07 kg
Upper 3.0 mm waterproof full-grain, rough-out leather Lining Cambrelle forefoot and tongue with leather heel
Insole Stilflex
Midsole Microporous rubber
Outsole Vibram® Moraine
Lasting Board Full-length molded nylon
Toe Counter Thermoplastic
Heel Counter Thermoplastic
Toe Cap Textured rubber
Can be resoled
Strap-on/hybrid crampon compatable

Designed for backpackers who frequently venture into alpine terrain, these comfortably handle everything from moderate trails to snow and ice. Waterproof full-grain roughout leather uppers superior protection, support and durability IntegraFit last design ensures comfortable, anatomically-shaped fit; bio-mechanically correct flex points; and firm, blister-preventing heel lock Microporous rubber midsoles provide long-lasting shock absorption Leather-lined heels and tapered collars increase comfort during long-distance outings Padded, sculpted ankle collars and padded tongues with full-length gussets enhance comfort Moisture-wicking Cambrelle™ linings help keep feet dry and comfortable Vibram Moraine rubber lug outsoles delive sure-footed traction and durability.


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keema - Jun 2, 2002 6:46 pm - Voted 4/5

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I have used these boots for several years now. From winter hiking (down to 10°F), snow shoeing, and with crampons on glacier routes and have had no blister or foot problems. They have kept my feet warm and dry. They have been very comfortable on long approaches. The only negative I have is with the laces freezing stiff on very cold trips.

Chucky - Jul 21, 2002 8:30 am - Voted 4/5

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I used the Montrail AT (virtually identical except the name), size 9.5, with capilene liners and Patagonia Expedition socks for three trips on Mount Whitney, California (Sep 00, Jan 01, and Jun 01). They were custom fitted in San Diego's Adventure 16 Store. They were great on all aspects of rock hiking with a light backpack load (under 30 pounds). With a very heavy back pack in Jun 01, I did get a blister on top of one of my toes while descending. They did not keep my toes warm in 8F winter cold when I stopped hiking (around camp for two nights above 8,000 feet). Snow shoes fit on them with no problem. They are a good boot, have excellent traction on rock, bite well into most snow, provide outstanding protection to your feet from sharp rocks, and are crampon compatible, so they are worth the money, but are not perfect for my wide feet and extremely varied hiking conditions. I ended up getting a pair of Scarpa Vegas for cold weather ascents. The Montrails remain my first choice for all but genuine winter conditions.

Erik Beeler - Nov 16, 2003 7:38 pm - Voted 5/5

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These are the only light mountaineering boots I have ever owned. I have put over four years and hundreds miles of abuse on these boots and they are still ready to go. I was only able to "break" them in for a week or so before a trip to the high peaks of RMNP and was worried I might suffer but that was not the case. I put over 30 miles in with a 65-70 pound pack that week and was fine but my buddy with his new Zamberlains suffered massive bloody blisters. After the trip I just kept wearing them even to work. I would like a bit more padding up top or a smaller neck because I have to really crank the tops down and the leather almost touches between the laces. They have great support but the addition of Super Feet made them even better.

Now the leather is getting softer and I need to be careful when lacing up the third lace from the bottom and not make it too tight or a flex point there hurts the top of my feet but being aware of it makes sure it does not bother me. I even have to original shoe laces!

I would buy another pair of these.

CharlesD - Mar 19, 2004 4:04 pm - Voted 5/5

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Quite simply, these boots rock my small and self-centered world. I bought my first pair back in 1995 when Montrail was still OneSport. I wore that pair up and down the Appalachians in all sorts of weather and found them fantastic. They were a bit too much in the summer and I got quite hot, but I have never had blistering problems. Finally, in 2003, they completely came apart splitting down the sole after hundreds of miles of trails and years of neglect.

The updated version (circa 2003) is conciderably beefier than the older pair is holding up well. I've used them for quite a bit of winter sports including snowshoing, light mountaineering (crampons love them), and general heavy-duty hiking. The rubber toe-caps are a great addition and the plastic tongue-plate (once I got used to it) has been nice as well.

(update 12-21-04) After more use, I've determined that the updated Moraines don't do well for long-distance, easy trails. An 18-mile push in the Wind River range in sleet and rain left me wet, blistered, and in extreme pain. These boots are great for scrambling, talus, and uneven terrain, but for level walking, you'll want something lighter.

Steve Ball - Oct 20, 2004 12:16 am - Voted 4/5

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These boots are getting better each time I use them. I have had mine for almost a year now and it took a bit to break them in but now the are working just fine. I have had some really nast blisters from them in the begining.

puddlecruiser - Feb 22, 2005 11:09 am - Voted 4/5

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I bought mine in 1998. They were used (once). I still get hotspots/blisters on my big toe and my heel, but not like I used to. I just have to put some moleskin on for the second day of a trip. I think mine are just now completely broken in, believe it or not. I've used them on steep glacier pitches, and something tells me my calfs would have been much better off if I had plastic boots at that point, but my grivel crampons work great with these boots. I may buy a different pair when they wear out, but it's also completely possibly that I buy them again. I'm hoping they last another 10 years or more! Note: they're slightly heavier than other hiking boots, and at first I found this noticable, especially in summertime. I don't consider this a bad thing, but if your legs are weak, it might be troublesome. Bring them in the tent in winter, because it took me 45 minutes to get into them one morning when a foor of snow fell and I had left them outside. Snow falls into the boot easy too, so wear gaiters.

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