I was looking for the perfect boot to trek the Andes but also climb on the Orient Express Hiram Bingham train and walk into good restaurants and hotels. Tried a pair of Russells but they were too clunky. Didn't feel my Todd's boots had enough ankle support or were waterproof. Tried some new generation Palladiums and found the fit loose and the support non-existent (though the soles were nice and sticky)--also a little too casual. Didn't want to wear any of my shell boots in the rain due to past welting issues. Finally settled on a pair of the chromexcel Hawaiian Tankers with the commando soles. Put 4 coats of Obenauf's LP on them and broke them in lightly before the trip. Happy to report that they held up magnificently on the Inka trail, up and down Macchu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, took a complete soaking, gripped on slippery rocks and steep muddy trails, washed off nicely and polished up well after innumerable deep scuffs. Great, great boots. Highly recommended. Think they actually performed better than many of the trail shoes/light hikers most people were wearing (actually saw a guy on the mountain flapping along with total sole glue failure on a pair of Salomons). And maybe they looked a little better too. Hiram would've been proud. Thanks Alden, Obenauf and Leather Soul.
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10/27/10 at 3:53pm