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Delerion disappointment
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Matthew LaPatka
(gungadin) - M

Locale: Pittsburgh, PA
More Delerion experience on 03/27/2006 06:32:51 MST Print View

I had the opportunity to try the Delerions out for more miles over the weekend. I went for a six mile day hike on Friday over very hilly and rocky ground. I wanted to get a good feel for what they could do and how they felt. Like I feared, they did begin to give me a blister on the top of my feet about five miles into the hike. While I was pleased with the cushioning and support, this reinforced what I thought would happen. I feel that this is enough time to break them in and since I have continued to have problems I am going to sell the shoes. I think they would be great for some people, but just not for me. If anyone is interested in them (clean and only seven miles on them, size 11 1/2), email me at mlapatka at comcast dot net. Thank you.

Sven Klingemann
(svenklingemann) - F
Delerion Pro on 03/27/2006 16:46:36 MST Print View

Just got mine today ... they are very narrow and the lacing system is definitely the first thing to go if I decide to keep them. I will put them to the test!

PS: since I have a stuffy nose I can't really judge the smell :-)

Edited by svenklingemann on 03/27/2006 16:48:51 MST.

Eric Noble
(ericnoble) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Delerion Pro on 03/27/2006 18:02:59 MST Print View

Sven, I feel for you. If you can't smell those shoes then you've got the stuffy nose from hell. I had the shoes for 3 days and the smell didn't seem to lessen.

I did get a lot of comments at work and from my wife about the color and smell. The smell will fade. I wear camouflage on occasion just to annoy my wife, so the color could be viewed as a plus, doubly when worn with the camouflage :) I did return mine because they still pinched the tops of my feet even after 2 days of use. I hope they work for you because there is a lot to liked about them.

Sven Klingemann
(svenklingemann) - F
Delerion Pro on 03/27/2006 18:36:38 MST Print View

Hehe ... please do not forward any of these postings to the online dating sites out there ... might severely impact my dating chances ("What? Are you kidding me?
You don't really think I would date a guy with DELERION PROSs at home!!! Yuck!"). On the other hand it may be a true sign of love (or of another severely stuffed nose ...)

Craig Shelley
(craig_shelley) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Delerion Pro on 03/27/2006 18:49:56 MST Print View


As I recall, you were active in the discussion I had on the Delerions last year and then you decided to get them.

You must remember that I was far from totally negative. I'm not totally thrilled with Inov8 Flyrocs either, but they are my favorite shoe under many conditions. If I was canyoneering in Utah with lots of water and rock climbing, I would choose the Delerions.

I've hiked a lot in the Teva X-1s too. Last Friday, I crossed the Colorado River (got somewhat wet doing that) and then hiked about 14 miles on a day hike, and then I needed to cross back over the river. I decided to use the X-1s and they worked well. I love the extremely flexible sole and the gaiter (I don't have to deal with rattlesnakes or poisonous water snakes like you) for the Delerion Pros.

At the Zappos price, they are a bargain in my view. I put a lot of miles (couple hundred?) on my Delerions and they still rub where the gaitor attaches. However, I have never gotten blisters. I am disappointed that they appear to be discontinued.

Craig Shelley

Edited by craig_shelley on 03/27/2006 18:51:30 MST.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Delerion disappointment on 03/27/2006 19:28:20 MST Print View

I sprung for the delerion lows (not pros) since I was late in checking them out and there was no size 10.5. The delerion low weight is more than stated on the timberland website with mine weighing 28 ounces for a pair as opposed to 23 ounces on their website. Maybe it's last years model or something. Doubt it. I like the shoe so far after just trying them on.

I certainly needed a new pair of shoes after nearly trashing my Salomon XA Pros on a cross country hike on the Mesa De Anguila. Since that hike those shoes had been giving me some pain in the ball of my foot. Thanks to Steve Reed for recommending them though because they were great shoes!

One other thing. Leaving out of the spotlite review this issue many seem to be having causing return of the shoes and even having staff not wanting to use them, is disappointing.

Edited by jshann on 03/27/2006 20:37:57 MST.

Sven Klingemann
(svenklingemann) - F
Delerion follow-up on 03/30/2006 08:41:27 MST Print View

In addition to a stuffy nose I have a crippled big toe as well. Unfortunately I have to agree with other postings pointing to the stiffness of the toe box. While my left foot is perfectly OK, my right big toe has been hurting since I put them on. I will see if anything changes. If not, back to the drawing board (and the shoes back to Zappo's).

Sven Klingemann
(svenklingemann) - F
Delerion follow-up II on 04/04/2006 05:54:49 MDT Print View

I am happy to report that I have walked the Delerions into submission. No more pain and the fabric does not make any "crinkly" noises anymore. I have grown to like the lace system and may keep it. Who cares about looks in the backcountry anyway, right? I think that wearing thinner socks also helped in the process, probably giving me more space and reducing friction (?)

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
Delerious Delerions II on 04/04/2006 10:36:07 MDT Print View

As with so many shoes (and boots)on and off the market, these will be great for some and not so much for others. There is no such thing as universal footwear.

In my case, I had a brief bout w/ some toe rubbing on one foot (the larger) only. All gone, now, after about 10 miles of use, and I'm happy to say that they are as comfortable as any trailrunner I've ever used. Smell is about gone, as well-- I used a deoderizing agent normally used to remove pet smells.

Due to the lightness and flexibility of the shoe, I will only use them in a limited way for off-trail travel. I have experienced some precurser to foot pain due to repeated impact on sharp rocks. I might modify this assessment after trying them with Superfeet insoles.

It is a shame that they were apparently discontinued---hopefully the product will return someday in an improved form. The gaiters are the weakest element--- I wish they were made of Shoeller Dynamic like the Montbell Stretch Gaitors and had more robust hooks. These will fail before anything on the shoe will.