My tramping footwear rogues gallery...
Here is my gallery of tramping boots/shoes I have worn and destroyed, I will add to this as time goes on! I will include before and after shots, and make some comment on quality etc.
|Wearing my Lowa Tibets, Waimakiriri Valley, 2018|
Hi Tec Bryce, light hiking boot (2012-2015) (Retired)
I think they are good value for the $140 asking price. I will continue to use them for formed tracks i.e. those on the Port Hills. These could also be used on the Great Walks.
|Hi Tec Bryce, 2012|
|Wearing my Hi Tecs up the East Hawdon Valley, 2013|
July 2014:I have been using these boots for my fitness walking for about the last year, they are still holding out fine, I estimate I will need to dispose of them later this year as they have started to wear down on the sole.
2017: I am only using these in the garden now as the stitching has started to unravel- they will get chucked when no longer useful
Note: 2018 The Hi-Tecs have gone to the great tramping home in the sky...
Kathmandu Barigan, medium boot (2013-2015) (Retired)
|Kathmandu Barigan, 2013|
July 2014: I used these boot for all of the 2013/14/15 tramping season and found them very comfortable. Unfortunately they are starting to delaminate (a common problem), I have glued them up and will use them for day walks on the Port Hills etc. I should get a least another years use out of them on these shorter trips. They lasted as my primary boots for a year so they were worth the $100 I paid for them.
2017: Still using them around the house for yard work.
|Wearing the Barigans on the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, 2017|
Sept 2017: I wore these very successfully on the Abel Tasman Coast Walk although they are now finished as tramping boots.
|The Barigans after completing the Abel Tasman Coastal Track 2017|
Asolo 535 TPS, medium boot (Sold)
|Asolo 535, 2013|
La Sportiva Valojet, medium boot (2014 - ) (Stored)
|La Sportiva Valojet, 2014|
|The Valojet's going strong on the QCT, 2016|
|The Valojets on the Harpers Pass track in 2017|
Update 2018: I have been using these very successfully for several years now and they are awesome. Comfortable right out of the box, quality materials and great workmanship are worth paying for in my opinion. The soles are still fine, the only damage is a rip in the rubber rand I got on the third trip wearing these boots (barbed wire fence...).
La Sportiva boots are fantastic, I would buy these again but unfortunately they have gone out of production.
Currently stored in my garage as a back up pair of boots...
Lowa Tibet GTX, boots (2017-) (Current Boots)
|Lowa Tibet GTX boots: I have big feet...size 13UK/14US/49EU|
|Lowa Tibet GTX boots: the lacing system|
|Lowa Tibet GTX boots: the chunky Vibram sole|
|Wearing my Lowa's at the Packhorse Bivvy, 2018|
Lowa Ranger III (2018 - )
|The Lowa Ranger III boot|
|Great Vibram soles on the Lowa Ranger III|
|Front view of the Ranger III boots|
Asics Mens Gel Sonoma 4E, Trail Shoes (2015- )
|Asics Men's Gel Sonoma 4E Trail Shoes|
|Sole on Sonoma Trail shoes|
When my second pair wear out I will definitely buy these again if they are still available.
|My Sonomas in use on the Christchurch 360, 2016|
Hi-Tec Trail Blazer Outdoors Shoes (2015- ) (Retired)
|Hi-Tec Trail Blazer Trail shoe|
|Wearing the Blazers on a section of the Christchurch 360 Trail|