Reviewed by: keegan
Unbelievable boots. Got a pair of the lightweights, and they are unreal. Get a pair of these boots. All leather so they breath, they mold themselves to your foot, and they are waterproof. No gimmicky GoreTex, which wears out in about a year, and which is rendered useless anyway with a little time on the trail--those micro-pores that make it "waterproof and breathable" get clogged with dust and debris, and then you might as well just put your foot in a trashbag. If you keep your Limmers greased, they are as waterproof as it comes. Even more so since the whole upper boot is made from one piece of leather--there is only one small seam on the instep. No seams means no leaks. And no seam up the back of the boot means a more flexible heel pocket (easier on the ankles).
The lightweights are pretty thick, so they are great for backpacking and day hikes alike. If you're going to be doing a lot of trail work, I would think about the Mid-weights or the standards.
At $50-75 more than you were thinking of paying for you new boots, this is a bargain of a lifetime. Limmer will re-sole them for you (up to three times, realistically), and with good care they can last 10-20 years. Think of it as an investment.
If you cant get up to their store in intervale, NH (near Conway), they can also send you a catalog that describes how to trace your own foot. Then you can call them and order the correct size. They'll describe in detail how to make sure they fit, and you can try as many pair as you like. As long as they're in perfect condition (wear them indoors), you can just send them back and keep the ones that fit.
Limmer Boot Co. is run by a hardworking, outstanding group of people who are dedicated to their craft. Do yourself a favor--get a pair of their boots. You'll have happy feet and you'll be supporting a group of warm-hearted, dedicated craftsmen. People like this are getting harder and harder to find.
And make sure if you are ever within an hour or two of intervale, NH, that you stop in their shop. The building is (this might be a little off) a couple hundred years old, they make their custom boots right there (4 year waiting period, as there are only two people that do it), they have all sorts of history scattered about the store and hanging from the walls (their original leather ski boot, the first patent for a leather ski boot filed in the US, and HUNDREDS of pictures of their boots all over the world, sent in by happy customers). If he is there, Peter Limmer himself will kindly show you around the shop, show you how and where the boots are made, and chat with you about boots for hours. Its an experience unto itself.
These people are rediculously dedicated to what they do; they eat sleep and breath boot and have been perfecting their boots for almost a century. They are driven by your satisfaction in their product, not selling it. Its refreshing.
You're not just buying a pair of boots, you're enriching your life. Do yourself a favor and take advantage of the opportunity to get the highest quality hiking boot in the world. Great craftspeople who make a dynamite product are harder and harder to find.
Find them on the web at www.limmerboot.com.
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