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    Montrail Torre GTX (Owner Review) REVIEWER INFORMATION Name: Jennifer Williams Age: 26 Gender: Female Height: 5 3 (1.6 Meters) Weight: 120 Pounds (56
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 30, 2005
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      Montrail Torre GTX (Owner Review)

      Name: Jennifer Williams
      Age: 26
      Gender: Female
      Height: 5' 3" (1.6 Meters)
      Weight: 120 Pounds (56 Kilograms)
      Email: jensmail78@...
      Sunnyvale, CA, USA
      Date: February 15, 2005

      Backpacking Background:

      I grew up horseback riding, camping, and hiking and developed a love of the outdoors and
      respect for nature. I try to get outside as much as possible and am an avid skier and
      snowboarded. I started backpacking about two years ago. All of my trips have been one or
      two night stays. My trips normally range from coastal trails in the redwoods to
      mountainous terrain in the Sierra Nevadas. I tend to hike where I encounter rain and
      dampness. This year I am looking forward to making some longer trips in northern
      California and gaining more experience. I am not a lightweight backpacker yet, but would
      like to reduce my current pack weight significantly.


      Manufacturer: Montrail
      Year of manufacture: 2003
      URL: www.montrail.com
      Listed weight: 1 lb. 6 oz. (0.62 kg)
      Weight as delivered: 1 pound 10 ounces (0.74 kg)
      Size: Women's 9 (US)
      Width: Regular (available in Wide)
      MSRP: $150
      Color: "Bark/Sand" (brown and tan)

      Product Description:
      This is a medium weight, high-cut backpacking boot with a waterproof
      Gore-Tex lining and a sturdy Vibram outsole. The uppers are 2.0 mm
      Nubuck leather with a rubber toe cap for extra protection. Described
      as a boot for hiking and backpacking.

      Sierra Nevadas: Multiple day hikes at elevations around 6000 feet (1829 meters) with steep
      elevation gains. Trails consisted of rocky, dry terrain. Temperatures were typically between
      60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (16 to 27 Celsius).

      Coastal Trails/Redwoods: Multiple day hikes at elevation between 0 and
      1000 feet (305 meters) with more gradual elevation gains, if any. Trails consisted of damp
      and sometimes muddy conditions with occasional stream crossings. Temperatures were
      around 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (16 to 21 Celsius).

      Central California Ventana Wilderness: Hiking and backpacking trips at
      elevations around 4000 feet (1219 meters) with gradual to moderate elevation gains. The
      trails were dry with multiple stream crossings. Temperatures were around 80 to 90
      degrees Fahrenheit (27 to 32 Celsius).

      I have logged about 100 miles (161 kilometers) in these boots and I am generally pleased
      with their performance despite the occasional blister. Let me start by saying that I have
      very particular feet that definitely don't resemble the "average" foot type. My feet are
      narrow and have low/flat arches, making them very low volume in general. When trying on
      boots these were the only boots that did not feel loose and sloppy. With
      most boots I can lace them as tight as they will go and still feel that they are too wide or
      loose. With these boots I can get them as snug as I want and still have room to tighten
      more if necessary. (Don't let this scare you off if your feet are wider, since they make the
      Torre in a wide version as well.) My heel felt snug and my toes had plenty of room to
      wiggle. When I got them home I took them out to wear around the house for initial break-
      in. The box contained a quick guide to caring for the boots and pamphlet of different
      lacing techniques that address specific problems like heel slippage or making room for
      extra high arches. I found this guide very helpful.

      On my first hike in these boots they were comfortable for most of the
      hike until I reached an extended uphill section. I hiked a 5-mile (8 kilometers) trail in Muir
      woods in somewhat damp conditions. About half way into the hike we started up a steep,
      uphill section that lasted for about one mile (1.6 kilometers). During this climb I noticed
      my heels slipping a little. By the time the trail leveled off I could tell I had a blister forming
      on each heel. The rest of the hike was level or descending so the blisters were not that
      painful and ended up being relatively small.
      Although I ended up with blisters, I was willing to try them out again since they weren't
      broken in yet and I have unforgiving feet anyway.

      On my next few hikes I tried the lacing technique that helps lock your
      heel in place to prevent slippage. This seemed to help quite a bit and
      I did not develop any blisters. Although these hikes were somewhat more moderate
      regarding elevation gains and I did not encounter any steep uphill climbs. I noticed during
      these hikes that the flex of the boots seemed to spring my foot back at the end of each
      step. This made my feet feel more energized and less prone to fatigue. The high cut of the
      boots also prevented a few ankle twists on rocky terrain. Some of these hikes were quite
      hot and despite the full leather uppers, my feet stayed comfortable and were not
      excessively sweaty at the end of the hikes. I also noticed that the rubber cap on the toes of
      the boots seemed to protect my toes and the boot leather when scrambling through rocks.

      Next I went on an 8 mile (13 kilometer) backpacking trip that consisted of dry and wet
      terrain and warm temperatures. The trail was dry and rocky and the boots performed very
      well. The sole seemed to grip the rocks very well
      and I was never afraid of slipping on short scrambles. The attached tongues on the boots
      kept out all of the loose dirt and pebbles along the trail that typically sneak in near the
      laces. Despite the usefulness of this feature at keeping debris out, the leather that
      attaches the tongue is just as thick as the rest of the tongue. I find this uncomfortable
      because once I have laced up the boots, one side of the tongue bunches up instead of
      folding over and lying flat. I have since trained it to lie flat but it took a bit of effort. I
      would recommend that they redesign the tongue connectors with a thinner material to
      reduce bulk. This trail also involved many wide stream crossings and the boots'
      waterproof lining was excellent. I submerged the boots all the way up to the ankle multiple
      times and my feet stayed completely dry. This saved me the pain of soggy blisters that my
      companions ended up with. Again, the flex in the boot kept my feet from feeling too tired,
      although the boots started feeling a bit heavy on the way back.

      I have since used these boots on more day hikes with mostly satisfactory results. However,
      I occasionally still develop a blister on my left heel. I never get them on my right foot so I
      suspect that I might be lacing one tighter or differently than the other and I am
      experimenting with different techniques.


      The Montrail Torre GTX boots are good boots for hiking and backing. I find them durable
      and well constructed. They are generally comfortable but I have to take care to avoid
      blisters. I would recommend them for extended hiking or backpacking but they are
      probably on the heavy side for short day hikes that stay on maintained trails.

      Things I like:
      Responsive flex
      Rubber toe cap
      Roomy toe box
      Waterproof lining

      Things I don't like:
      Attached tongue
      A little heavy on long hikes
    • Emma Eyeball
      Jennifer, the reposted OR looks great. please upload to the Test folder to make sure your html is correct. If all is well there, delete it from the Test
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 1, 2005
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        Jennifer, the reposted OR looks great. please upload to the Test
        folder to make sure your html is correct. If all is well there, delete
        it from the Test Folder and upload it to Footwear > Boots > Montrail
        Torre GTX.

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