BY ERIN M. HEDDEN
February 20, 2011
NAME: Erin M. Hedden
HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 153 lb (69.40 kg)
Backpacking Background: I have been backpacking since I was 4 years old, taking trips into the mountains for week long stays at a time with my family. I hike various terrains throughout Colorado from mountains and plateaus to grasslands and prairies. My excursions can be a day hike with a waist pack, a loop trail
with 3 nights camping between start and finish, or an in and out trip which can range from an overnighter to 4 nights camping. Depending on the area and weather I use a tent or go hammock camping if I would rather stay up off of the ground.
Manufacturer: Timberland Company
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.timberland.com"
MSRP: US $90.00
Listed Weight: 2 lbs 5 oz (1.05 kg)
Measured Weight: 2 lbs 3 oz (0.99 kg)
Material: Leather & Mesh Uppers
Size: 8 US Mens
According to Timberlands website it boasts that one could "trudge through icy puddles and across frozen streets without a second thought". So with the multidirectional rubber lug outsole to give you traction on slippery surfaces, and being made of premium high quality leather with mesh uppers they are not only comfortable they are waterproof and are said to be abrasion resistant too. They are constructed with seam-sealed outers and a moisture-wicking lining inside which is made from 50% recycled PET. The footpad is removable while the padded collar and gusseted tongue adds to comfort. On the outsole the lugs are strategically placed so that they follow the curved center of pressure and the four natural motions of ones own foot, this is to improve traction and to extend the wearing performance of the boot itself. It is a tread pattern unique to Timberland, and it works!
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I purchased these boots 4 years ago and the first day out of the box they were used on a 12 mile hike through the canyons in Eastern Colorado and despite the fact that they had no time to be broken in, rather they were thrown right into the fire with this hike, they proved themselves well when I came out of the canyons without any blisters on my feet. Since buying them they have carried me up steep mountain trails and down scree slopes through the high Wet Mountains as well as the Sangre De Cristo mountains range as well. Crossing streams and rivers and even standing in bogs they have been put to the test and stressed to the limits over the last 4 years.
Not only did I not experience any aches and pains the first time out with these boots I have never had a problem since their purchase either. They prove quite comfortable as well as being quite at ease rock hopping through the canyons and ravines near my home as well as trotting along the beaten switch back paths found in the mountains.
I've worn them out in plenty of snowstorms over the 4 year span of time in which they have been in my service and they have experienced temperatures well below freezing and there were no run ins with leather cracking or becoming brittle after they were to become wet then set up in the cold temperatures.
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In summation I feel that it is safe to say that the Timberland Flume is a very comfortable fit, it has withstood the test of time, many trails and many miles off trail as well. When they promised the boots were made of premium leather and were seam-sealed to be waterproof they delivered on that promise still today, 4 years later. Timberland designed and produced a very versatile and durable hiking boot that I plan on employing on many more trips out on both the beaten path as well as the paths I make for myself.
THINGS I LIKE
1. The high quality construction of the boots.
2. The comfort is phenomenal.
3. The long lasting life of the sole.
4. Being waterproof and remaining to be waterproof over 4 years and running.
5. The sleek look.
6. The ease of breaking them in.
7. Their versatility.
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
1. If I had to choose one thing I disliked about this hiking boot it would be the fact that the company boasted about the boots premium leather being abrasion resistant when in fact after year 2 they began scuffing on the toe portion of the boot even with the proper care and treatment provided.
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