I am so sorry for the delay, this semester is really trying to kill me... Here is my report for your editing pleasure.
LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
Since my field report section, I have only been able to wear these boots on two different trips:
First, was a three-night backpacking trip in the Wichita Wildlife Refuge in September. We covered roughly 5 mi (8 km) per day. The terrain was relatively flat, and it rained hard all four days/three nights. It would probably be best described as a swamp trudge vs. a backpacking trip...
The second trip was a two-night hiking/climbing trip to the Wichita Wildlife Refuge. The distance traveled per day was undetermined.
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
On these two trips, I really focused on my footwear as well as the key topics covered above in the Field Report. These are my findings:
I have broken these boots in well, and the fit is correct. However the widened toe box still causes some rubbing from not being able to get a snug fit around the toes. These boots, overall, are comfortable, but best for shorter jaunts in the rough.
As far as support goes I maintain that these boots are solid. Even through the roughest and loosest terrains I encountered while wearing these boots, there was no stress or strain on my ankles. Also I felt no pressure from objects underneath through the thick soles.
Even through continued use, the tread is aggressive and as sticky as it was out of the box. The grip on these boots is just outstanding.
I cannot say enough about the waterproofness of these boots, on my swamp trudge in the Refuge I literally stood in puddles up to my ankles at times for several minutes. But at the end of the day I was able to take off my boots and still have dry feet. (Note: my feet were one of the only dry spots at the end of these days.)
And finally, Construction:
So, overall construction is very good with these boots, having no rips, tears, or holes anywhere on the boot. However, in the Field Report I mentioned that rubber near the toe was starting to fray. Well... It has gotten progressively worse. (Pictured below) As you can see the "gray" rubber is the culprit, and looks to be of no major concern to the functionality, just to the cosmetics of the boot.
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All in all, I do like these boots. They are cosmetically appealing, relatively comfortable, and an all around great Gore-Tex hiker. I plan on wearing these boots until they can be worn no more.
This concludes my Garmont Zenith GTX boot Test Series. I would like to thank Garmont and BackpackGearTest for providing me with this testing opportunity.
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