"WELCOME TO MY OUTDOOR WORLD"
Waterproof Nubuck leather and tough Cordura® nylon upper. Breathable GORE-TEX® waterproof membrane lining. 600-gram Thinsulate™ Ultra Insulation adds warmth. Removable full-cushion insole. Compression molded EVA foam midsole with fabric wrap. Wolverine® Rubber Lug outsole. Cement construction. Lightweight nylon shank fights fatigue.
The boots I chose to review this year are the Ridgeline-lo Hikers. I chose these because I wanted a pair of low profile light weight boots that were still warm enough to get me through the early fall season. Here in Alberta we can have beautiful mornings and afternoons, and then it can turn very chilly in the evening. The Ridgeline Hikers have 600 grams of Thinsulate, which is enough to compensate for the chill without making your feet too hot the rest of the day.
When the boots first arrived I was very impressed by the design and the lightness of them. They are cut low on the back of the ankle making it extremely comfortable to walk up and down steeper hills with them, so many times we buy a pair of boots and walk around the store saying how well they feel, and then get out on a trail and we feel like we have boxes strapped on our feet. These boots definitely go from flat surfaces to hills and keep the comfort level.
My Ridgeline-lo(they also come in a high model) are made with Gore-tex as well, allowing you to walk through wet grass, puddles and such without the fear of wet feet ruining your days adventures.
The Ridgeline-lo Hikers feature six easy to lace up grommets, the bottom three are fixed and the top three are speed lacers, making them very easy to get on and off. Some Wolverine boot models come with a set of locking grommets as well, but I am glad this pair did not. My feet tend to swell quite a bit in the heat of the day and I find I can adjust lace tension on these boots much easier in the field than I can on other boots that have the locking feature.
I wore these Hikers extensively during 3-d shoots and hunting this past fall and they still are as comfortable as they were the first time I slipped my feet in them. They have been worn in the rain and snow as well as on hot sunny days. They still look like new and they still have all the ankle and foot support you need after having about 75 miles on them. Wet snow does seem to accumulate a bit in the lug soles on these boots, but with a quick stomp of your foot it falls right out making for good traction once again.
I would highly recommend the Wolverine Ridgeline-lo Hikers to anyone who wants a lightweight versatile hiker for their adventures in the outdoors.