OWNER REVIEW - EMS SUMMIT GTX BOOTS
- OWNER REVIEW:
EMS Summit GTX
Name: Christopher Perkins
Height: 5'11" (1.80 m)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Email Address: chris(at)percious.com
City, State, Country: Vernon, CT, USA
Date 01 May, 2004
Backpacking Background: I have been backpacking for over 3 years now,
with extensive exploration of the Adirondacks. I have also hiked
the Long Trail in Vermont, as well as some of the White Mountains.
In general I select challenging hikes with large elevation gains. I
often hike in and make a base camp, and do day hikes from there. I
am however no stranger to carrying heavy loads over large distances.
Year of Manufacture: 2002
Measured Weight: 4.58 lb (2.08 kg) (size 8)
Manufacturer listed weight: 2.625 lb (1.019 kg)
Boots are constructed with two main leather panels, and a gussetted
tongue. Laces are held fast with 4 D-rings, one locking clip, and
two free clips on the upper part of the boot. The boot has all
leather uppers. The sole is semi-stiff Vibram with an aggressive
tread. Within the boot is a Gortex shell liner. The boot comes with
I have used these boots in all conditions, from rain to snow to hot
summer days. They have also served as my "daily drivers." They have
be worn on the sharp rocks of the White Mountains, as well as the
muddy spring valleys that the Adirondacks provide.
Comfort and Fit
These boots fit me very well out of the box. I have very small feet
for my height, relatively high arches, and what is known as a low
volume foot. These are the only boots I have found that do not give
me blisters on my heels. Please note that the sizing tends to run a
size smaller than you usually wear. (I wear a size 9 Adidas running
Also note-worthy is the support which these boots offer. I have
rolled my ankles a few times, but never had a sprain with these
boots. The aggressive tread especially helps on bare rock.
The leather on these boots does require a small amount of break-in, a
few day hikes worth anyway. The provided insoles are especially
harsh. I just bought my second pair of these boots, and the first
thing I did was throw away the insoles, replacing them with some more
comfortable ones. Break-in takes less time if you use the boots in
wet conditions. One great thing about these boots is that EMS will
take them back if you feel they don't fit you right after a hike or
These boots have performed well in a variety of conditions. If you
have a low-volume foot, this is a perfect boot. The boot breaths
well for a leather boot in the summer, and is warm enough for late
fall/early spring hikes with some snow. The boots take well to strap-
Where this boot excels is in wet and muddy conditions. Coupled with
gaiters, this boot is the best I can find for muddy spring thaw
conditions. The Goretex shell performs well, allowing your feet to
breath, while keeping outside moisture on the outside.
I used these boots extensively for 2 years, probably totaling over
1000 miles, with over 300 miles trail usage. I replaced them
recently with the same model, only because the tread had worn out,
and the Goretex shell had a hole in it from my wiggling big toe.
Things I like:
1. Excellent waterproofing.
2. Good ankle support.
3. Good fit for low volume feet.
4. EMS return policy.
Things I don't like:
1. Poor insoles.
2. D-rings do cut into your laces.
3. Could be lighter.
- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "percious17"
> OWNER REVIEW:Hi Christopher,
> EMS Summit GTX
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Thanks for the review. I've noted some edits in the text below as well
as some questions I expect would be fairly common to expect a boot
review to answer. I've also added some comments at the end designed to
spur your thinking on some additional information that I think would
help really take this review over the top.
Don't be daunted by the comments & edits. This is fairly common in
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Thanks again for the good work,
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "percious17"
> Backpacking Background:### A little extra here in terms of style (e.g. lightweight,
heavyweight, avg pack size) and duration of trips is usually a good
way to give readers a snapshot of how your experience reflects theirs.
> Measured Weight: 4.58 lb (2.08 kg) (size 8)### Are these weights per boot or per pair? Any idea what the MSRP is?
> Manufacturer listed weight: 2.625 lb (1.019 kg)
> tread. Within the boot is a Gortex shell liner. The boot comes with### "Goretex"
> felt insoles.### Is the liner & insole removable?
> be worn on the sharp rocks of the White Mountains, as well as the### "been worn"
> me blisters on my heels. Please note that the sizing tends to run a### "size smaller than normally worn." to avoid projection
> size smaller than you usually wear. (I wear a size 9 Adidas running
> Also note-worthy is the support which these boots offer. I have
> rolled my ankles a few times, but never had a sprain with these### How high are these boots -- low like running shoes, over the
> boots. The aggressive tread especially helps on bare rock.
> comfortable ones. Break-in takes less time if you use the boots in### "less time when using the boots" to avoid projection
> These boots have performed well in a variety of conditions. If you### "I think that for a low-volume foot, this is a perfect boot." to
> have a low-volume foot, this is a perfect boot. The boot breaths
avoid projection. Also, "breathes".
> conditions. The Goretex shell performs well, allowing your feet to### "allowing my feet to" in order to avoid projection
> 1000 miles, with over 300 miles trail usage. I replaced them### Need metric conversions for these two mileage amounts.
> recently with the same model, only because the tread had worn out,### Are they not a welted construction then where the sole is sewn to
> and the Goretex shell had a hole in it from my wiggling big toe.
the boot & can be replaced?
> Things I don't like:### Some other information you could add to add to the usefulness of
> 1. Poor insoles.
> 2. D-rings do cut into your laces.
> 3. Could be lighter.
this review would be commentary on maintaining the boot, how the
leather holds up to nicks/cuts/abrasions, how long a waterproofing
treatment lasts (& what kind you use), whether the sweat from your
feet passes through the Goretex & leather fast enough or if you end up
with wet socks, how long it takes to dry a pair after you go sloshing
(& whether you do that by walking them dry or off your feet). How does
the wear of the soles relate to your experience with other boots --
faster, slower? Before you got these, how often did you replace your
boots? Do you wear a single pair of socks or liners & wool hikers? How
do they fit after a day of hiking? How quickly do they warm up on your
feet after you've had them off in cold weather (like overnight)? This
is the kind of information that can take a good review like yours and
put it over the top.