FR - Wolverine Fulcrum Boots - Chad P
Here is my FR for the Wolverine Fulcrum boots. I hope that I caught most
of the errors for you.
Thanks for your time & edits,
FIELD LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS Since my initial report, I have been on
four day hikes and one overnight trip at Big Hill Pond State Park. These
trips have been relatively short and I have only logged 30 mi (48 km) on
the trail with the Wolverine Fulcrum boots. The longest single hike of
these was a 9 mi (14.5 km) hike, with the remaining distance
accumulating during my other shorter trips. Other than this, I have put
another 12 to 15 mi (19 to 24 km) on the boots thanks to our temporary
parking conditions at work. (This was a great break in for the boots
Most of my hikes took place in dry conditions, however, two of the hikes
were early morning hikes and I ended up hiking through some wet grass
and brush along the sides of the trail. The trails have consisted of
hard packed dirt, which sometimes consisted of rocks or protruding
roots, although, considering the time of year, much of the trail is also
covered in a nice soft bed of fallen leaves. Temperatures have ranged
from around 35 to 85 F (1 to 29 C). The elevation at Big Hill Pond State
park ranges from 380 to 611 ft (116 to 186 m), so there is little
elevation change.<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 1">>My pack weight
on my day hikes were between 6 to 10 lbs (2.7 to 4.5 kg) and 23 lbs
(10.4 kg) during my overnight trip. During each of these hikes I wore
the same brand of medium-weight, mid-calf wool hiking socks with the
As well, like I said, due to our current parking conditions at my work,
we have about a 0.25 mi (0.4 km) walk from the parking area to the
building I work in which I walk twice a day, five days a week (or more).
Much of the walk is on concrete, but about a third of the walk is on
gravel and hard packed dirt. Temperatures have ranged between 26 to 90 F
(-3 to 32 C). The conditions have ranged from small amounts of snow, to
large amounts of rain to warm, dry days. PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD My
biggest concern when receiving the boots was the rough spot on the
inside of the toe box on the right boot and so far all is well. Neither
the spot, or the area around the spot, seems to have worsened or to be
evolving into anything that is worth worrying about. However, I will be
sure to keep an eye on this spot throughout the rest of the testing
Since most of my hikes have been rather short hikes, the boots have at
this point been successfully broken in. Both the soles and the top of
the boots were a little stiff upon my initial impression, but after only
a week or two of moderate use, both the soles and the top of the boots
felt to be a bit less firm and more comfortable. (Actually, I was a bit
surprised that it only took the limited amount of use to break the boots
in as well as they feel that they are!) Also, with use the laces have
stared nesting just below the top of the tongue, causing the top of the
tongue to flare out slightly, which has also increased the comfort. As
well, the laces have done a great job at holding tight. Even on my
longer hike during this time period, I never once had to stop and retie
I initially had a bit of concern about the amount of room in the toe
box, but like I mentioned in the initial report, I have been wearing
some medium-weight wool socks and so far the amount of room has not been
a problem at all. Actually, since "breaking them in" the boots have been
very, very comfortable. Of course, the longest hike I have used these
boots on was only 9 mi (14.5 km), and that was on pretty easy terrain,
but not once did I feel a hint of a hot spot. However, during the next
phase of this testing series I have a longer multi-day hike planned so I
should see how they do better then.
Concerning the ICS disc, being that I have a normal arch and am a normal
pronator I have only worn the boots with the disc in the "Firm" setting
and the "Cushion" setting. However, I quickly decided that the "firm"
setting was too firm for my liking and changed the disc setting back to
"Cushion." I have found that I am really happy with the fit and comfort
of wearing these boots with the disc in the "Cushion" setting. The
remainder of my testing will more than likely be done in this setting.
I have not had any issues with water coming into the boots and while
most of my trail time has been on dry trail, I have done my share of
puddle stomping with them on and have walked away with warm, dry feet!
As well, the boots have proven to be quite warm while wearing my wool
socks in temperatures as low as 26 F (-3 C).
I have been very happy with the way these boots have fit and the amount
of comfort that they have provided me. Many of my initial concerns have
been washed away during this phase of the testing period, however, there
are still hang-up's that I have with the boots...
Even though the boots have softened up and have been broken in, getting
the boots on and off is still a little harder that I would like. I still
wish that Wolverine had incorporated either the open-eyelets at the top
of the boots or the heel strap at the back. With some of my other boots
that has open-eyelets at the top, I can almost jump right into them from
inside my tent, or hammock, but with these there is a bit of fiddle
factor to consider. The best option that I can come up with these so far
is to simply pull hard on my laces when removing the boots so that the
top will open up as much as possible.
The only other real hang-up I have with these boots is the weight.
Simply put, these boots are heavy! Granted they are a mid weight hiking
boot, it seems that most of the weight is coming from the tray that
holds the ICS disc as well as from the disc itself. If this is the case,
it would be nice to see Wolverine use a different, lighter material to
drop even a small amount of weight from these boots. Regardless, these
are the heaviest boots I have worn, and I can tell it with each step,
and so far I can't say that I have really gotten used to the weight.
SUMMARY I have come to like these boots quite a lot. In the beginning I
had a few concerns, but most of those have been vanished after a little
use. However, there are still a few things that keep them from being
perfect for me...<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 2">>LIKES:
1. Easy/quick break-in.2. Laces hold tight.3. Very comfortable fit.4. No
hot spots (so far).5. Keeps my feet dry.6. Keeps my feet warm.7. Easy to
1. Rough spot on the inside of the toe box on the right boot.2. Hard to
put on or remove boots due to lack of open-eyelets or a heels loop.3.
These boots are heavy.
So, I will take these boots with me on my travels during the next 2
months. So be sure to check back near the end of February to see how the
boots have treated me during this time. Until then, I would like to
extend my thanks to Wolverine World Wide and BackpackGearTest.org for
giving me the opportunity to test these boots out. This report was
created with the BGT Report Generator.Copyright 2012. All rights
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