Originally Posted by ScuffedBluchers
I'm fine with scuffs.... excited even. But stretching? I thought VIberg used really thick CXL. Thicker than Alden. Stretching like they won't fit after a year of hard wear, or stretching like they'll look worn in and bad-ass?
Well, I can speak from my experience with CXL boots from OSB, which have stretched a fair amount in a year's worth of pretty light wear, so that the laces are much closer than they were when they started. And as sacafotos says above, throughout the day you can feel them loosening, in a way I never have with any other leather, so that I have to retie often to tighten up. If you have time to look through the boot boards here and on Ironheart and Superfuture, you will find plenty of folks who like CXL but also lots of stories and pics of accelerated wear and significant stretching.
If you have a look at the closeup of the #8 CXL on Viberg.com you'll see a good scratch even on the brand new pair; I can tell you that almost certainly came from someone lightly hitting it with their fingernail, as that happened over and over for me. Like most others, I don't mind the scratches, but it shows how easily they happen, and just imagine bumping hard against the corner of a concrete block, or catching on a nail...
Now, somewhere there is a quote from Nick Horween I think talking about the difference in thickness and quality of various CXLs, and I imagine that Viberg uses the best. I also think that if it is lined fully it will not stretch as much (this is what Kyle at White's recommends) -- not sure if the ones currently on Viberg.com are fully lined or not. So I imagine you can get a pair that holds up better with regard to stretching. But I have to think it will not be anywhere close to the durability of shell (or HH or oil tan for that matter).