- January 24 2012
Treksta Boots - Great look, great support
I purchased these boots for my wife based on the recommendation of Backpacker Magazine's Spring Gear issue. The shoes were attractive, sturdy, and an all-around great boot. Unfortunately, these boots wouldn't accommodate my wife's wide feet. We would highly recommend the Treksta boot for anyone with a normal, or even a modestly wide, foot.
- November 10 2011
Absolutely no hot spots!
I purchased these boots on the recommendation of Backpacker Magazine's Spring Gear issue. The first pair I ordered were too small (the review had recommended true-to-size ordering and I normally wear a women's 9), but when the 9.5 arrived, I put them straight to work. Hiking around Western NC went well, so I put them to the ultimate test: one week of backpacking in the Grand Canyon. Previously, my otherwise comfortable old boots had wreaked havoc with my toenails; I almost lost 2 nails after my last trip. However, not only were my toenails happy, I had no heel or toe hot spots.The elongated design of the great toe toe box did the trick. Highly recommended, just make sure you get the right size first!
- September 8 2011
I have an incredibly difficult foot to fit and have gotten blisters from every pair of boots I've ever purchased and ordered these almost on a whim before a hiking trip. They are the most comfortable, best fitting boots I've ever owned and didn't get a single blister. I only wore them a few miles before doing some serious hiking, so there wasn't any real break in time. Dunked a foot in a stream more than once and stayed dry. My only concern would be possible foot bruising on an extended backpack because they are so light, but I'm not convinced that would be a concern.
- May 29 2011
Forgot about my feet...
My feet always hurt because of bunions, plantar fasciitis and just getting older! After loving a pair of nestfit Treksta trail runner shoes, I bought these mid-height hikers. My normal size is 8.5, but in these shoes, size 8 fits perfect with a light to mid-weight sock. When I first put these boot on, the heel feels stiff and odd, but once I start walking the feeling disappears, sort of like seating your heel into a ski boot (but much, much lighter weight). One tip is to loosen the laces all of the way, and only tighten them a littledont make these shoes too snug! Now my husband bought Trekstas and is loving them. Today we took a 5 mile hill walk with the dogs and my feet feel great!
- May 26 2011
Great lightweight hiking boot
(This review is from my wife) Unlike the other reviewers, I found the sizing to run a bit small. I wear 10 in everything else, but I had to return the 10's for some 10.5's which fit great. This review is a combination of the impressions from both pairs. I have been day-hiking in running shoes for several years, but at my husband's insistence that I would need more for our backpacking trips scheduled for this summer, I agreed to get these. My past experiences with hiking boots have not been pleasant, probably because I didn't really do much research, and certainly didn't spend this kind of money. Taking them out of the box (the 10's), I was very pleasantly surprised at the weight. I had been expecting some monstrous clog like my husband's Scarpa M3's (which he really likes), but these look and weigh more like high-top tennis shoes. When I first put them on (the 10.5's), I was again pleasantly surprised at the comfort. Although noticeably stiffer and more supportive than running shoes, the confort level was very high. I wore them around the house for the rest of the evening, just to get used to them. The next day, I wore them to work (yeah, I got some stares), but they quickly faded into the background of my day - I don't remember thinking about them UNTIL the day was over - my feet certainly felt a LOT better than they usually do after a day on my feet (I am an elementary school teacher). That night we took the boys for a walk down to "polliwog creek", and I tested out the gore-tex. It performed as advertised. We continued on a 4-mile walk, and the boots were comfortable - I didn't have to think about them. My only concern is that (like a previous reviewer) they may be "hot" during warm weather hiking (think Grand Canyon in the summer), but the wool socks (check out the smartwool PhD's) have kept my feet quite comfortable, the boots are odor-free, and they are even stylish! **I definitely recommend the wool socks! ** My other concern is that the mens sizes will not come back in stock before we leave for Yosemite! My son needs a pair, too!