I recently received a pair of Women’s Sierra Mid-Cut Trail Hikers from Wolverine for review purposes. My familiarity with Wolverine before being contacted by them about possible reviews was limited to my sons’ always wanting Wolverine work boots. I appreciated their durability – 2 teenagers going through low quality work boots could get tough on the wallet. Before they both wore a size 12, the older one could wear a pair until he outgrew them, and then pass them to his younger brother and they still had plenty of wear left. Now, they pass them to their father, although I seriously hope their feet are done growing!
When I saw the Sierra’s I kept wondering if their durability was in the same league as the work boots. What about comfort? I liked the looks, and the height of the boot, so I decided to give them a try. My one concern was figuring out the ‘iCS’ feature. I figured, worse come to worse, I’d try each of the setting and decide which I liked best. For those who aren’t familiar (like me) iCS means individual comfort system.
Description from Wolverine:
Waterproof nubuck leather and mesh upper. Wave mesh lining. Removable full-cushion EVA with stabilizer heel cup and gel forepart heel pads footbed. Top loaded Wolverine iCS midsole. EVA/rubber with TPU arch and heel support outsole. Cement construction.
The boots come in 2 colors, Sky, and Cocoa (being reviewed). Sizes 5.5 – 11 (women’s) and Medium and Wide widths.
MSRP: $155 US
The iCS control is found under the sock liner in the bottom of the boot. It is easy to remove the liner and access the control. Inside is a dial, that is marked with the following:
I – to enhance Inner support if you have low arches or need to reduce inward tilt
O – Increase Outer support if you have high arches or need to reduce outward tilt
F – Firm for more energy return and more bounce in your step. Combat fatigue during a long day of hiking or walking
C – Add Cushion under the heel for maximum shock absorption. Boost comfort when doing a lot of standing.
I decided once I looked that the Sierra’s I would try each setting for a day, and decide if I noticed a difference. So far, I’m tried the ‘O’ and ‘C’ settings. I definitely noticed a difference when on the Comfort setting, especially at 9 pm, when I finally took them off. The Outer setting was not as noticeable. Tomorrow I plan on trying the Firm setting, and then the Inner. I have low arches and tend to walk on the insides of my feet. I have a feeling that the Inner setting might be the best for me.
The boots fit well, with ample room in the toe and heal area for heavier socks for hiking. I love the cushion around the ankle area and in the tongue. The tread is very slip resistant – and over the last three days of rain, I’ve appreciated that very much!
Spring in Maine tends to be wet – melting snow and ice, and rain for a good part of April and into May. This year is no different. We still have snow on the ground, and a LOT of mud. I’m looking forward to the weekend and getting out and doing some hiking. I’ll have a much better idea of how the hiking boots work out after some use on trails, and off. I’m curious to see how good the tread works on wet rock and slippery mud. I also want to check out if the mud gets stuck between the protrusions, and ‘clumps’ up.
Check back in a month for an update.