A while back I was gathering review items for a “snow virgin” story, and along came a pair of waterproof GORE-TEX® hiking boots. Fortunately, I had a camping trip in the works (since the boots weren’t insulated), so I tried out the pair of New Balance GORE-TEX® Country Walker Boots. These are my thoughts about the product:
Quality: Definitely a quality product that seems as if it will last a few years. The leather upper keeps this boot sturdy. This GORE-TEX® Performance Comfort boot keeps feet dry and protected by being durably waterproof and breathable. Rubber sole for traction and Abzorb® technology in the heel and forefoot helps to soak up the shock, while the Rollbar® minimizes rear-foot movement for enhanced stability on anything.
Environment/Use: The GORE-TEX® boots tested will work well for those with outdoor lifestyles and day/trail hiking. I would not suggest taking it in cold climates due to the fact that there is no insulation in this product. However, being that this is a GORE-TEX® product, it is guaranteed to be waterproof and breathable.
Price: The MSRP is $139US. The last time I purchased a pair of hiking shoes, I spent right at $100US. That was also a few years ago and they were New Balance. If I were in the market to purchase a pair of hiking boots, I would have a strong affinity to purchase a pair of New Balance GORE-TEX® Country Walker Boots, not only for the waterproof material, but for the comfort of the boot, as well. The last pair I purchased took me up a few mountains, but it these have a bit more of an ankle support.
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