REPOST: OR Montrail Torre GTX
- Montrail Torre GTX (Owner Review)
Name: Jennifer Williams
Height: 5' 3" (1.6 Meters)
Weight: 120 Pounds (56 Kilograms)
Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Date: February 15, 2005
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.
Year of manufacture: 2003
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)
Color: "Bark/Sand" (brown and tan)
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:
Rubber toe cap
Roomy toe box
Things I don't like:
A little heavy on long hikes
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