IR - Dunham Pileus Boots - Andy Henrichs
- Here's my IR for the Pileus Boots. As a note, I have 2 pictures of
the boots in the html version of the report. Once the site gets
moved and we get the ok to post, I can post the html version in the
Tests folder. Thanks.
Dunham Cloud Pileus Boots Initial Report
January 1, 2006
Name: Andrew Henrichs
Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86.2 kg)
Email address: a_henrichs@...
City, State, Country: Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA
Most of my backpacking has been in the mountains of Colorado and
Wyoming, as well as the desert in the southwestern US. I've gone
winter camping several times, but I still prefer backpacking in the
warmer months. Most of my trips are 2-3 days, but I have taken
several trips of 5-6 days. This past summer, I was fortunate enough
to have thru-hiked the 476 mile Colorado Trail over 35 days.
Recently, I have been leaning towards the lightweight side of the
Manufacturer: Dunham (www.dunhambootmakers.com)
Year of Manufacturer: 2005
Listed Weight: not listed
Weight as Delivered (size 15D US): 4 lb 0 oz (1.8 kg)
MSRP: $165.00 US
The Dunham Cloud Pileus Boots are waterproof leather hiking
boots. The uppers of the boots are constructed from several
stitched pieces of leather. A rubber rand wraps from the instep
around the toe, and approximately halfway down the outside of the
boot. The boot features a gusseted tongue, as well as padding on
the tongue and around the top of the boot. According to the
manufacturer, this will provide increased comfort. The sole is
constructed of Tru-Trak, Dunham's proprietary material. The first
four components of the lacing system are eyelets. The last three
are speed loops. The speed loops seem to grip the laces very well,
preventing the laces from falling out when I tighten them. The
forefoot and heel feature ABZORB pods, which the manufacturer says
provides cushioning and shock absorption. There is also an ABZORB
insert running the full length of the boot for even more
cushioning. According to the manufacturer, the boot also features
a "Graphite Rollbar" in the rearfoot of the boot. This is intended
to provide motion control at heel strike. The Pileus Boot also
features a "Dryworks moisture management system" lining the inside
of the leather. The manufacturer states that this system is
waterproof and breathable. The manufacturer also claims a "360º fit
design" takes into account length, width, and volume when designing
Due to a busy schedule, I've only been able to wear these boots
around the house. So far, they fit quite well. I have long, narrow
feet. Most of the boots I have to use are too wide in the toe box.
This boot seems to be an exception. The toe box is definitely
roomy, but in a good way. It allows me to wiggle my toes, but there
doesn't seem to be too much lateral movement. I also feel that I'm
able to snug the heel up quite well. As for the water-proofness of
the Dryworks system, I stuck the boots under running water in the
sink for one minute. Most of the water beaded up and rolled right
off. A minimal amount of water appeared to soak into the leather
towards the end of the minute, but I never felt any water in the
inner lining of the boot. Not a wholly accurate test of real life
conditions, but promising nonetheless. I was hoping the boots would
come with a small booklet, at least telling me if these boots
require further water-proofing or not. Alas, there was none. Based
on the sink performance, I will see how these boots do as-is before
I apply a waterproofing agent.
I will use the Dunham Men's Pileus Boots primarily on day hikes
and snowshoe trips. When snowshoeing, I always like to wear a
sturdy pair of waterproof boots. There is a trail that snakes its
way up into the National Forest land just down the street from my
house. I'd like to explore further up the trail this winter via
snowshoes. Elevations on these trips will range from 7000 ft (2134
m) to 8500 ft (2591 m). These trips will range in length from 2
miles (3 km) when I am strapped for time to over 10 miles (16 km).
I plan on heading up this trail at least 2 times per month.
In addition to these short hikes, I plan on taking several
overnight snowshoe trips during the testing session. Earlier this
fall I found a perfect destination. While mountain biking, I found
a small hut in the cross-county skiing/snowshoeing area next to our
local ski resort. The hut is first-come, first-serve and has a
small wood burning stove inside, along with a supply of dry
firewood. It is located about 5 miles (8 km) from the trailhead in
a small clearing among the pine and aspen forest. The hut lies at
approximately 9000 ft (2743 m). It's a beautiful location in the
forest, and I will definitely spend several nights there this
winter. These trips will take place in the White River National
Forest or other nearby National Forests, and elevations will range
from 7000 ft (2134 m) to over 11000 ft (3353 m). Distances on these
trips will range from 5 miles (8 km) to 10 miles (16 km).
I will put these boots to the test on the approach to and climb
of several 14000 ft (4267 m) peaks. I'll likely have to deal with
snow for most of the route. Ridges are usually snow-free thanks to
the wind. This will give me a chance to test the traction of the
boots on icy rocks.
I would also like to take a long weekend trip to Bryce Canyon
National Park. I've longed to see the hoodoos of this park frosted
with snow, and it looks like I may get a chance this winter. The
elevation of Bryce Canyon National Park is approximately 7500 ft
(2286 m), and the average winter high is approximately 40º F (4º
During the testing session, I will pay particular attention to the
1. Fit/Comfort This is the cornerstone of any good pair of
boots. If they don't make my feet feel good, I'm going to be one
unhappy camper. In the past, my feet and leather boots have been
arch-nemeses. As stated earlier, my feet are long but have a small
volume. Could the "360º fit" be the answer to my feet's prayers? So
far I am impressed with the fit. I'll be interested to see if I
remain impressed after some serious miles on the trail. Will the
boots stretch out, thereby eliminating the good fit? Do these boots
require a break-in period, or are they ready to go out of the box?
I haven't found any hot-spots so far, but I haven't gone anywhere in
them. Will I find any hot-spots after 2 miles? What about 20
2. Dryworks moisture management system Is this system truly
waterproof? Are there any sneaky seams where moisture can leak in?
Do the boots require further waterproofing or can I leave them as-
is? How well does the Dryworks system breathe? Will my feet be
swimming in sweat after a long hike?
3. Tru-Trak soles How much traction do these soles actually
provide? The lugs look fairly aggressive; will I have peace of mind
while hiking in mud, rain, snow, and ice?
4. Stability How well does the Graphite rollbar work? Will I
notice a difference in my gait? I have strong ankles, but pronate
slightly. The included footbed seems a little flimsy, will these
boots provide enough support to my arches mile after mile?
5. Durability How well will the leather hold up to scuffing?
Does the toe rand extend far enough to prevent wear and tear on the
leather? Will the ABZORB material hold up to my body weight plus
the weight of a heavy pack? Will I notice decreased cushioning
after time? If so, when?
6. Cleaning How easy are these boots to clean? Are there
nooks and crannies where it become nearly impossible to clean the
dirt? Will the material resist dirt and mud, thereby making
cleaning that much simpler?