ATTN: ALL TESTERS - Re: [backpackgeartesters] General Boot Test Question
- It has been in discussion on the. Moderator list regarding insole wearing
with test boots. Consensus is - INSOLES ARE PERMITTED, even desirable for
testing purposes as many/most people do use them in lieu of stock liners.
Please try (and comment on) the stock liners at least for try-on purposes
and then use (and report on) whatever makes your feet happy!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tim Earley" <timothy.earley@...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 7:04 PM
Subject: [backpackgeartesters] General Boot Test Question
> Hey Everyone,
> I have a quick question regarding boot tests in general. Is the
> use of after-market insoles permitted? The reason I ask is I feel
> like the insoles in these boots are a potentially serious weak spot
> and would like to compare the boots with and without an after-market
> insole. In other words, I plan to test them as is but would like to
> then add the insole and compare the results. Could an authority
> please provide some guidance on this?
> Thanks in advance,
> On Oct 30, 2010, at 1:40 PM, Nancy Griffith wrote:
>> Hi Ted,
>> I've posted my IR for the Tecnica boots to the test folder. Here's
>> a link and
>> the text.
>> Thanks for reviewing it and providing edits.
>> TECNICA CYCLONE II MID GTX BOOTS
>> TEST SERIES BY NANCY GRIFFITH
>> October 30, 2010
>> TESTER INFORMATION
>> NAME: Nancy Griffith
>> EMAIL: bkpkrgirlATyahooDOTcom
>> AGE: 44
>> LOCATION: Northern California, USA
>> GENDER: F
>> HEIGHT: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
>> WEIGHT: 130 lb (59.00 kg)
>> My outdoor experience began in high school with involvement in a local
>> canoeing/camping group called Canoe Trails. The culmination was a
>> 10-day canoe
>> voyage through the Quebec wilds. I've been backpacking since my
>> college days in
>> Pennsylvania. I have completed all of the Appalachian Trail in
>> Tennessee and North Carolina. My typical trip now is in the Sierra
>> Nevada in
>> California and is from a few days to a week long. I carry a light
>> to mid-weight
>> load, use a tent, stove and hiking poles.
>> INITIAL REPORT
>> PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
>> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Tecnica Cyclone" IMAGE CAPTION =
>> "Photo courtesy
>> of Tecnica website.">>Manufacturer: Tecnica
>> Year of Manufacture: 2010
>> Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
>> " LINK
>> TEXT = "http://www.tecnicausa.com">>
>> MSRP: Not listed
>> Listed Weight: 420 g (14.8 oz)
>> Measured Weight: Left: 462 g (16.3 oz); Right: 457 g (16.1 oz)
>> Color Tested: Eucalyptus/Yellow
>> No other colors listed
>> Size Tested: Women's 9.5 M
>> Made in China
>> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "side view">>The Tecnica Cyclone II
>> Mid GTX boot
>> is a mid-height light hiking boot with Gore-Tex waterproof
>> breathable membrane.
>> The ankle collar is padded. The uppers are suede leather with mesh
>> webbing. The webbing creates five eyelets per side which continue
>> down the
>> sides across the mesh portion. The tongue is cushioned and has a
>> strip of
>> webbing up the center which provides an eyelet in the center toward
>> the toe and
>> at the 4th lace crossing to keep the tongue attached to the laces.
>> A wider
>> version of the same webbing is looped at the back of the heel to
>> create a loop
>> for pulling on the boot.
>> The rubber outsole wraps slightly over the middle of the toe and has
>> multi-directional lugs. The sole has a flat contour. There is a
>> explaining the TRS (Tecnica Rolling System) which is an energy and
>> system that provides forward energy transfer, comfort and grip. The
>> idea is
>> that the sole is fairly flat to allow for energy transfer and
>> provide a greater
>> surface area for better grip.
>> These boots use a slip lasted construction which means that they are
>> made by
>> sewing the upper into a sock which is then glued directly to the
>> mid- and
>> outsole without any board in between. This is typically used to
>> make a lighter
>> shoe. The midsole is made of a dual-response EVA (ethylene-vinyl
>> acetate) with
>> a TPU core. The footbed is PE (polyethylene)/EVA velveteen material.
>> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "insole">>The insole is removable and
>> is much
>> better constructed than those typical cardboard insoles. It is an
>> performance insole and has a hangtag on the boots claiming that they
>> moisture, provide long-lasting cushioning, inhibit odor and fungus
>> and allow air
>> flow for a cool foot. The insole is soft foam with a layer covering
>> the top of
>> the entire insole. From the middle to the rear there is a molded
>> portion attached underneath the foam. The forward portion has
>> multiple holes
>> going through for ventilation.
>> INITIAL IMPRESSIONS & TRYING THEM OUT
>> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "top view">><<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT
>> TEXT =
>> "sole">><<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "tongue">>
>> My initial impression of the boots was how light the color is. They
>> are very
>> light beige which is nearly off-white in some areas. I know how
>> dirty my boots
>> get and wonder at the logic of having such light colored boots.
>> They look great
>> right now, so we'll see how they test.
>> I slipped them on and liked the fit right away. They are slightly
>> bigger than
>> what I normally wear which is what I was looking for in order to be
>> able to wear
>> thick winter socks with them. I am able to tighten the laces such
>> that they are
>> secure on my feet and don't slip around.
>> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "water test">>Since these boots are
>> Gore-Tex and
>> supposed to be waterproof, I filled an ice chest with water to about
>> the level
>> of the third eyelet. I wore black socks so that I could easily see
>> any moisture
>> that penetrated. There was no water ingress at all. I have done
>> this test with
>> other boots that I own when they were brand new. They did fine when
>> new but
>> then the waterproofness deteriorated and my feet were soaked on some
>> hikes. We'll see how these boots hold up over the test period.
>> They are somewhat different than what is advertised on the website
>> which can be
>> seen in the webbing, styling and in the different sole. See my
>> photos versus
>> the website photo.
>> The Tecnica Cyclone II Mid GTX Hiking Boots seem to be solidly
>> built, rugged,
>> stylish, and light weight hiking boots.
>> Likes so far:
>> Concerns so far:
>> Light color showing dirt easily
>> This concludes my Initial Report. Check back in two months for my
>> Report. Thanks to Tecnica and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to
>> participate in this test.
>> This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
>> Copyright 2010. All rights reserved.
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- As a bootfitter who understands the importance of maintaining a stabilized foot in order to assess the true fit of footwear, I'm happy to see this decision being communicated to the group. :-)
--- In email@example.com, "Kathy Waters" <kathy@...> wrote:
> It has been in discussion on the. Moderator list regarding insole wearing
> with test boots. Consensus is - INSOLES ARE PERMITTED, even desirable for
> testing purposes as many/most people do use them in lieu of stock liners.
> Please try (and comment on) the stock liners at least for try-on purposes
> and then use (and report on) whatever makes your feet happy!