WV...sorry to jump in here, but I'm in the midst of a search as well. The Lowa Renegades look promising to me, but I'm wondering if Roleigh has spent any time in them yet? I read a review on Amazon where the guy was saying they were good for rough terrain, but not good for backpacking. That was a bit disappointing to read b/c I'm looking for something that would be good in the mountains with 25-30 lbs on my back. The lowa site talks about these boots fitting tightly and being relatively stiff, so I'm not sure why this reviewer said they weren't good for backpacking.
Roleigh, any thoughts?
Just saw another review that made me think to add a little more flavor here...I'm 6'5", 215 lbs, so a 30 lb pack would take the total weight to 245 (call it 250 w/ all the junk in my pockets). I know that's a lot of weight for any shoe, but you would think the bigger the size, the stiffer the shank since a taller person is generally going to weigh more than shorter person...