I've posted my FR for the Hyper boots. Thanks in advance for providing the edits.
FIELD LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Mount Ralston" IMAGE CAPTION = "Desolation Wilderness">>I wore the boots for three multi-day backpacking trips and nine day hikes for a total of 20 days and approximately 130 miles (209 km).
Hetch Hetchy, Yosemite National Park, California: 4 days; 32 miles (52 km); 3,900 to 7,400 ft (1,189 to 2,256 m); 35 to 70 F (2 to 21 C); varied trail conditions from exposed dry granite to marshy bogs
with multiple creek crossings and muddy sections.
Emigrant Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California: 4 days; 24 miles (39 km); 7,160 to 8,930 ft (2,182 to 2,722 m); 55 to 85 F (13 to 29 C); mostly dry trail of dirt and rocks.
John Muir Trail, Sierra Nevada, California: 3 days; 24 miles (39 km); 4,035 ft to 9,940 ft (1,230 to 3,030 m); 45 to 80 F (7 to 27 C); trail varied from loose sand to talus.
Forni Lake, Desolation Wilderness, California: 10 miles (16 km); 6,600 to 7,100 ft (2,012 to 2,164 m) elevation; 50 to 60 F (10 to 16 C); early season hike with lots of water run-off and snow fields.
Mount Ralston, Sierra Nevada, California: 7 miles (11 km); 6,400 to 9,235 ft (1,950 to 2,815 m) elevation; 65 to 80 F (18 to 27 C); steep trail with packed dirt, loose sand and talus conditions
Mount Rose, Carson Wilderness, Nevada: 10 miles (16 km); 8,900 to 10,776 ft (2,713 to 3,285 m) elevation; 60 to
80 F (15 to 27 C); trail varied from dirt to talus.
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Forni Lake" IMAGE CAPTION = "Marshy conditions">>The first hike I did in these boots was to Forni Lake. Since it was early season the trail passed through some marshy areas, had lots of stream crossings and crossed many snow fields. The boots were fabulous and kept my feet warm and dry. Things were similar on our first half of the Hetch Hetchy trip but by the end of a warm 11 mile (18 km) third day my feet were hot and tired. I stopped and removed my boots and soaked my feet in the river and changed into camp shoes before even making camp. This feeling continued on the rest of my summer hikes with the warmer temperatures. My feet were uncomfortably hot and sweaty most of the time. I started leaving running shoes in the car so that I could change shoes
immediately at the end of a long hike or trip. Shorter day hikes of just a few miles weren't an issue.
Despite my desire to wear these boots on our three-week 225 mile (362 km) hike of the John Muir Trail, my feet were much too hot on the starting 6,000 ft (1,829 m) climb out of Yosemite Valley. So, I swapped these boots out for light hikers after the first few days. I didn't have the same support or any waterproofness as I would have with the Hyper but overall my feet were happier. On the last two backpacking trips I also got some sort of itchy rash between my little toes. This is a first for me so I'm not familiar with what it was but I have to think that the hot moist conditions that these boots create contributed to it.
I usually wore the boots with light gaiters to keep the rocks and debris out. On the Mount Ralston hike I decided not to wear my gaiters and was sorry. The trail is steep
and has a lot of loose scree and dirt on several sections which ended up in my boots.
So it sounds like I don't like the boots but I actually love them. They are comfortable (other than being hot), flexible, completely waterproof and are showing great durability other than the shoelaces. The shoelace at the toe is wearing quite a bit and starting to fray due to the gaiter hook.
I'm looking forward to some cooler fall weather in the next test period to give these boots some different test conditions.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Mount Rose" IMAGE CAPTION = "Lake Tahoe view">>The La Sportiva Hyper Mid GTX boots are a nice combination of flexibility and support and are completely waterproof. However, they don't breathe well at all and are too hot for summer hiking.
Not breathable enough for warm days
This concludes my Field Test Report. Check back in two months for my Long-Term Report.
Thanks to La Sportiva and BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity to test these great boots.
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