As illustrated above, I decided I would like another pair of Vibergs, after really enjoying my Viberg 151Xes. My 151Xes are 9.5D and fit pretty well, but I felt I could use a touch more length. Also, though not a big concern, I felt I wanted something a tad smaller in width/volume. Viberg doesn't do a C width, but they will do a B width. I was a bit worried that that would be too narrow for me, but I felt I could give it a try--especially because I prefer thin socks, even with heavy boots, due to my feet always being hot and sweaty.
I had called and was prepared to wait for four or five months to get my boots. Then, when I called back, it was suggested that I send in a ton of measurements to make sure that the custom-ordered boots would fit. I then noticed on their website that they had a single pair of Viberg 251Xes available in a 10B, ready-to-go. As they normally don't stock any X versions of their 251, and certainly not in a B width, these must have been a custom-order that fell through for some reason or didn't fit the original purchaser. I can say there weren't any signs of them even being tried on, so who can say?
I ordered them on a Monday and they arrived in Philadelphia on Friday, which is pretty darn quick. I am glad to say that they fit wonderfully. I thought the 9.5D felt great, but these are even better. Frankly, they are only a little narrower than the 9.5D, which was good for me. I can still wear them with the sole inserts and medium-weight socks. The water buffalo leather is almost like a nubuck in its matte finish.
Some of the specs: 10"-tall workboot upper, black 8 oz. Water Buffalo, 100R Vibram Lug Sole (Fire and Ice compound), nailed construction, one extra heel lift compared to 151, actual "Topy" hard rubber piece nailed and glued under arch of sole (originally for durability standing on motorcycle pegs), steel "CSA" safety toe, black nylon laces, antique brass eyelets and hooks (as opposed to the usual bright brass).
Although it doesn't bug me much, I did notice that the fully-gusseted tongues don't quite reach to the top of the boot. They were clearly made this way on purpose, so I bet it was requested by whoever originally ordered them. I am not sure why, but it's not an issue because I wouldn't generally lace them through the top eyelet anyway. Also, I noticed the tongue leather is a bit heavier and stiffer than the tongue leather on the 151Xes.
Went for a hike in them prior to the photo above. I find them comfortable right from the start, but that seems to be common for me. Even heavy boots that are supposed to require a lot of break-in tend to feel comfortable from the start for me. This is probably related to my low-volume feet...
Now, I do realize that this forum is really about the fashion Vibergs, but I can tell you the work boots are really incredibly satisfying. They are super high quality. The nailed construction is a true throwback method and not available from much of anywhere else (that I know of). Also, they cost less than the fashion Vibergs, especially with the weak Canadian dollar. If any of you guys feel at all tempted by these heavy-duty boots, I bet you would be satisfied...