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Fabiano Mountain Master Mens Hiking Backpacking Boots Review

Fabiano Mountain Master


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Weight
5 lbs. 10 oz.


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Review Date
April 27, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
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Reviewed by: DavidM ,  Backpacker

Summary:
@ Fabiano
As a former avid wilderness hiker/backpacker I was one of those who spoke to a Fabiano and was enlightened with much insight in the subject of mountaineering boots. Having purchased several pairs (for myself and family) a mere observation of the boots design and construction is testimony to the builders integrity. Yes, some models are stiff and heavy but as with all tools of the trade, it met its intent honorably and as any knowledgeable mountaineer would testify, in rocky terrain and mid-heavy gear, a break to the ankle is likely without a boot of this type. I thank the Fabiano family for their years of dedication.

Similar Products Used:
Scarpa, Raichle boot, etc.


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Review Date
December 1, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Louie ,  Mountaineer

Summary:
My Fabiano Montagnas was the best fitting and most comfortable pair of heavy backpacking boots I have ever had, and I have more than a dozen. The Mountain Master is more stiff and does not have as soft interior as the Montagnas.

Customer Service:
The mountain master developed black spots in the interior as I was breaking them in, as I used them as my back-up/approach boots for the trip I had in the Himalayas in '95. I called Fabiano customer service and said they would call the manufacturer and call me back in a few days. 2 weeks later no return call and I called again since I was going out of the country in a few days. They said that they will call me the next day. Two days later, I called again, the day before I was to leave to find out what the manufacturer had said about the "molding". The person I spoke with said"just rub some alcohol on it". Great boots, crappy customer service. Never considered buying from them again.

Similar Products Used:
Raichle Mt. Blanc


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Review Date
March 14, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Quent Boyle ,  Day Hiker

Summary:
From 1965 to 1980 we used to sell various models of Fabiano boots at Skimeister Sport Shop in N Woodstock, NH. Their suede lightweight hiking boots were of an exceptional high quality that wore and fit people very well. They offered 3 widths, which most companies don't do, and we appreciated the continuous years of quality that Fabiano provided in these boots. We are sorry to hear they are out of business.


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Review Date
July 15, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: cbrandt ,  Day Hiker , from Alaska

Summary:
Summer season - 4 to 8 mile hikes 2 - 3 times a week on steep talus, scree, stoney river bottoms, and tundra - no trails. Pack wt. : usually 0, sometimes 15 to 35 lbs. of photo equipment.

Have used a pair of similar Fabianos for about 10 years -- the Vibram soles are worn flat, holes worn in the sides -- but for ridge climbing, steep talus and scree, tundra hummocks, and cobbled river bottoms I feel these are hard to beat. Plastic boots won't yield to my wide feet, and lightweight boots do not offer the needed support.

I'm ready for another pair.

Customer Service:
No service needed

Similar Products Used:
Assorted nylon/rubber lightweights


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Review Date
April 9, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Bob Tope ,  Climber , from Denver, Colorado, US

Summary:
I have owned a pair of Fabiano Montagnas for thirty years, and they are still the most comfortable, most durable boots I have ever owned. They fit well the first time on, and continue to do so.

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