RedHead® Talus II Waterproof Hiking Boots for Men
Nice shoes… NOT Waterproof
I purchased these for 2 reasons; 1) the pliable and thin sole resulting in being able to 'feel' the ground beneath my feet, something i enjoy and 2) their claim of water-proofing. That said, I was skeptical at this price point. Now that the winter has finally given way to spring, I tried out the "waterproof" shoes by stepping into a puddle, and submerging my foot 50%. I was sure to not allow any water to reach the ankle. Within moments, my foot was soaked and the shoe's upper material saturated. Pretty sad, as I've had "non-waterproof" shoes last longer than that. If the water-proofing isn't your requirement… great! If so, I'd look elsewhere.
May 7, 2014
Great boots just 1 flaw
I ordered these boots to train for 3-gun competitions. I wanted something inexpensive so I could spend more on optics and I have so far been very impressed. They arrived quickly and fit true to size. Initially they were a little stiff so I got them wet, laced them up good and wore them until dry. This did the trick, my only complaint is the insole. Nothing I couldn't fix, so I put a good pair of insoles and they're great now. All in all it was another great purchase and I would definitely recommend these to any of my friends.
September 9, 2013
great value and sturdy
I got a good deal on these. I cannot comment on the longevity of these as I've only owned them 2 days. They feel durable and I expect to get a reasonably long life from them as long as I don't try doing heavy work in them. I'll keep them around for actual hikes as they fit great for such. I was acclimated to them in about 2 hours of wearing and now they are ridiculously comfortable. I'm not an avid hiker but enjoy the occasional hike so I couldnt justify $100+ boots but the cheapies always seem to hurt /fall apart. These hit the sweet spot. I havent tested the waterproof claim but they did well on a walk in the rain. I wouldn't hesitate to take them on extended hikes.
March 4, 2014
Fine for cost-conscious occasional hikers
In summary, with roughly 30 miles of wear across a variety of environments and conditions, the Talus II hikers have performed slightly better than my expectations. They are a relatively attractive boot which can be worn out on the town with jeans or khakis or out on the trail. They were comfortable right out of the box and require very little breaking-in. They performed well on a flat, wooded trail, around a suburban neighborhood and on a rocky mountain trail. Their aggressive sole design grips obstacles well and their thinner sole material provides good feel, although this thinness can result in some discomfort across the balls of the feet on long hikes across hard surfaces. While it is hard to judge the long-term durability of these boots from just a 30 mile sampling, a close look at their construction and materials suggest to me that these would likely last a year or so of normal outdoor wear. I am going to award them 3 out of 5 stars. These would not work for the serious outdoorsman, but for the cost-conscious occasional weekend hiker, they would probably be fine.
December 25, 2014