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Timberland LiteTrace Boot Review
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Maia Jordan
(maia) - MLife

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Timberland LiteTrace Boot Review on 06/05/2012 17:35:46 MDT Print View

Companion forum thread to:

Timberland LiteTrace Boot Review

Sam Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
WPB footwear on 06/05/2012 20:54:53 MDT Print View

Glad that you are softening your positions a little on this subject. Not that I am put off by opinionated articles as such. But sometimes things can get a little too pedantic, as with the observation in your prior referenced article: "It is foolhardy to go into the woods without good balance and strong joints." Does that mean you are banishing all of us without strong joints from backpacking? You seem smart enough to figure out how we are going to feel about that without my spelling it out.

While the choice of a Timberland product, of no better than average quality, might be seen as designed to fail, your inclusion at the end of the article of the Salomon products, that are usually of higher quality, removed this impression.

So, thank you for a very interesting and helpful article, overall.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: WPB footwear on 06/06/2012 16:32:44 MDT Print View

It's good to try new things and expand opinions, and this was one of those times. I thought I'd have to remind myself constantly to give the boots their due, but early winter worked out such that I used them quite a bit.

That said, I haven't softened my stance on preventative fitness one iota. I'm not saying that people with less than ideal physiology should stay home, but strengthening joints isn't obscure or difficult to do, though it is hard, slow and often quite boring. The BC park rangers I know haul loads of backpackers out on horses every summer, and these are rescues which effectively began with individual complacency 8-10 months (or years) earlier.

Gabe Grayum
(sauron93) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
Not just ordinary 'waterproof' on 06/11/2012 16:34:05 MDT Print View

I've been surprised at the overall lack of interest in this boot. I got a pair last fall and used them quite a bit this winter.

They aren't just light and 'waterproof'. There is no padding to speak of, and thus nothing to absorb moisture. This is a feature I haven't seen elsewhere on the market and what I think makes these boots so appealing. Alas, I didn't even see this mentioned here. Every other 'waterproof' shoe I've used absorbs water and then wets through pretty quickly. These boots are different.

Your coverage of the toe problem and fit are spot on. You can see my review at REI:

My solution was to put a thin piece of foam inside to protect the top of my toes. They are comfortable now but I still had to break them in carefully, and I continue to leave the foam in the toe. I hope Timberland fixes the toe problem and improves the fit in the next iteration.