I recently received a pair of Washington Summit Hiking boots from Timberland for review purposes. These hiking boots are leather mid height hikers. Named after the highest peak in New Hampshire, I am hoping they are as rugged as Mt. Washington. I tried them on and walked around for about 15 minutes. They are very comfortable, and provide a lot of firm support. I have some ankle issues (too many twists from walking on uneven ground) and feel I would benefit from some better ankle support. Maybe the Washington Summit’s will be the answer to my reluctance to do much hiking lately.
Product Description from the Timberland:
|Timberland® Agile IQ System|
|We engineered this exclusive system to enhance “position sense” – the body’s natural ability to sense and react to its environment. The biomechanically correct system follows the natural motion of the body, providing better fit, support, traction and performance.|
|By using the scrap left over from cutting soles, Vibram® reduces landfill waste and limits toxins. The result is the Vibram® EcoStep® outsole – a sticky rubber outsole that’s incredibly durable and made from 30% recycled material.|
|When our footwear is labeled waterproof, we do two things to ensure dry feet. First, we use premium waterproof leathers with waterproof impregnated properties that become part of the leather during the tanning process. Secondly, we seam seal the footwear or use an internal, waterproof/breathable membrane to help your feet stay dry when it’s wet outside.|
These boots will be put to use on some short day hikes to start off, and then I will be going on a few over night trips this fall. I am looking forward to seeing how they hold up to regular wear, and if the support is enough for my weaker ankle. I already appreciate the OrthoLite footbed and the height of the instep. As I walk my foot stays securely in place, and I do not feel any spots that rub at this point. I am sure that the waterproofness of the leather and seam seal will be thoroughly tested during our wet, fall season. Timberland’s EcoStep process is commendable – and hopefully works as well or better than traditional outsoles. I am very intrigued by the ‘Agile IQ System’ and can’t wait to see what it means in terms of actual use. Check back in a month to see how the boots and I are getting along.
Amazingly, I’ve worn these boots just about every day since I first got them. Other than I few days when I was home sick, they’ve been on my feet. They are extremely comfortable, and supportive. I’ve done 8 or so day hikes of over 6 miles each, both on dry paths and wet bushwacks. Recently we’ve had a few inches of snow, and I’ve worn them on slippery pavement and across frozen soil. The traction has been good, keeping me on my feet. I am amazed that at some points during heavy rain, the boots have not soaked through. My feet have stayed dry each time. On a few occasions, they have got cold when I’ve stopped moving for very long, but that was more from not wearing the right socks.
On two consecutive days I’ve cut and split wood while wearing the Washington Summit boot. While the rest of my body was crying by the end of day two, my feet were still happy. The support around the ankle area has kept my ‘bad’ ankle inline, allowing me to move around without fear of twisting it again. The instep area of the boot is high enough to provide support and proper foot placement, without being uncomfortable.
One of the most surprising aspects of these Timberland boots, is how quickly they dry. I’ve stepped in puddles and thought my foot would be soaked when I was done. Not only did my feet stay dry, but the leather dried very quickly. At night I loosen the laces as much as possible, and set the boots in the room with the woodstove. By morning the boots are completely dry. I will continue to monitor how the waterproofing works out. Over the next month we will have more snow and wet conditions. I’m curious as to whether the waterproofness wears off after repeated soakings.
I still don’t understand ‘how’ the Agile IQ system works – but it seems to work well. My foot stays in a comfortable position, no matter what I am doing. From walking fast, to climbing up a hill, to walking across ice, my foot stays in place, and I feel confident that I have the traction I need.
Check back in about a month for an update on how the boots are working out- and coping with winter in Maine.