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LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Bowman Lake">>During the Long-Term Test period, I wore the Garmont Amica Trail shoes on three multi-day backpacking trips, for two multi-day car camping trips and two day hikes. I also wore them for three softball practices and for two trips to cut firewood in the forest. Over the entire testing period I wore them approximately fifty-five times for approximately 200 miles (322 km).
Glacier National Park, Montana: 4 days; 33 mi (53km); 4,010 to 5,000 ft (1,222 to 1,524 m); 38 to 80 F (3 to 27 C) with clear, cloudy and thunderstorm conditions. Pack weight was 15 - 20 lb (7 - 9 kg).
Pacific Crest Trail, California: 4 days; 31 mi (50 km); 8,160 to 10,536 ft (2,487 to 3,211 m); 37 to 75 F (3 to 24 C) with clear to partly cloudy conditions. Pack weight was 15 - 20 lb (7 - 9 kg).
Desolation Wilderness, California: 3 days; 20 mi (32 km); 6,700 to 9,983 ft (2,042 to 3,042 m); 25 to 65 F (-4 to 18 C) with clear to partly cloudy conditions. Pack weight was 15 lb (7 kg). This trip included a talus scramble to the top of Pyramid Peak.
Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana; 10 mi (16 km); 4,900 to 6,100 ft (1493 to 1859 m) elevation; 60 to 75 F (15 to 24 C).
Buckeye Flat, Sierra Nevada, California: 8.8 mi (14 km); 1,300 to 2,900 ft (396 to 884 m) elevation; 65 to 75 F (18 to 24 C).
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Pyramid Peak">>The Amicas have continued to grow on me so that I am ready to slip these on for just about any outing. They seem to be a perfect combination of heavy-duty shoe and lightweight hiker for me. I like having the protection of a more sturdy sole while also having the freedom of movement that the low-cut height allows. They still seem a little bulky and roomy but this hasn't caused any problems for me. The comfort is good overall; I have had no issues with blisters, hot spots, or any discomfort of any kind. The right shoe still clicks but it isn't as loud as when they were new.
The sole provides a nice barrier from rocky trails so that I don't feel every step. On our hike up Pyramid Peak there are few talus sections, a scree section and the top is all large talus. My husband said that he felt every step in his boots while I didn't notice it a bit (at least from the standpoint of the soles of my feet).
The backpacking trip to Glacier allowed for my first real water test with these shoes. Prior to this I had worn them for stream crossings with good results. This time we had an absolute deluge for two hours. I was wearing waterproof pants which somewhat covered the tops of my shoes but after hiking for a short while I was sure that my feet were wet. When we stopped I check my socks and they were soaking wet but the cuffs were still dry which tells me that the water didn't come in at the top of the shoe but rather the liner let the water in.
The next day was dry and by the time we got to camp the next night my shoes had dried out. I was surprised that my shoes dried faster than my husband's non-waterproof well-ventilated boots. I didn't have any problems with foul aromas developing in the shoes from being wet for so long which has happened to me with other waterproof boots.
The durability of these shoes has been fantastic. Other than the obvious color changes from dirt and chainsaw bar oil the shoes look great. I have managed to tear off portions of a few of the lugs on the sole but that hasn't detracted from their usefulness. The stitching is intact; the sole secure and the fabric is unabraded.
The Garmont Amicas are a well-made and durable pair of trail shoes.
Don't make my feet hot
Limited water resistance
Right shoe clicks with every step
This concludes my Field Report. Check back in two months for my Long-Term Report. Thanks to Garmont and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to participate in this test.
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