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L.L. Bean Limmer Hiking Boots Womens Hiking Backpacking Boots Review

L.L. Bean Limmer Hiking Boots


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Weight
3 lbs. 12 oz.


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Review Date
June 28, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: nhmedic ,  Backpacker

Summary:
I have a pair of custom, standard Limmer's that were made for me when I was working for the AMC in 1987. I wore them indoors for a couple of days and then packed the Chemin de Dames trail on Mt. Adams with something like 40 pounds of shrimp without a problem. I have never had a hot spot or blister in these boots. I think they've been resoled twice, and I think they probably have more life left in them than I do. You'd have a hard time convincing me that there's a better boot out there. If you want comfort and super ankle support, this is the boot.

Customer Service:
When these folks build you a pair of boots, it's like you become part of the family. I called once from New Mexico to order some boot grease and ended chatting with Karl for no less than half hour. Walking into the shop is like stepping back in time. Kind of makes you wish that no one ever thought up "malls".

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Review Date
November 27, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: John Kick ,  Backpacker

Summary:
I bought my Limmer hikers in 1998 for a 300+ mile AT hike in VT and NH. I only had them slightly broken in before starting and had no problems, not one blister. Have not used them much since, maybe once or twice a year, this year I have been hiking 5 to 6 times a week for 1 to 4 hours. With the leaves covering the rocks and roots I put them on for the extra ankle support. They are still comfortable and are enjoyable to hike in. These boots do age well.


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Review Date
June 8, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Chas ,  Mountaineer

Summary:
These boots are the benchmark hiking/ mountaineering boot. It is true that, with time, they mold to your feet quite well. However, as indicated in many of the other reviews, it can take a REALLY LONG TIME to break them in, and it will be very uncomfortable.

Customer Service:
Amazing! great guys to deal with.

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Review Date
January 25, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: braumeister ,  Backpacker

Summary:
I have a pair of Limmer custom boots (the Limmer Standard model, but custom made). There is, of course, both good and bad news.

First, the good:
These are, without a doubt, the finest hiking boots made. The quality is just so outstanding that I don't have anything to compare them to. Think of roll-Royce or Mercedes-Benz about 10-15 years ago when they were the benchmarks for automobiles, and you'll get the idea of where Limmers stand in relation to other hiking boots.

Beyond quality, the most striking thing about them is that the more you wear them, the more they mold themselves to your feet, which means the more comfortable they get. As far as I can tell, this process continues indefinitely. It's almost scary!

Second, the bad news. This is also in two parts.
The boots are expensive, if you just think of how much they cost. On the other hand, if you think of them in terms of overall cost (they will last you for decades, not just years), the cost is quite reasonable.

The most significant thing, in the minds of most new owners, is that the breaking in period is longer than any other boot you have ever owned. You have to follow the Limmer instructions and break them in the right way, and it will take you a very long time. How long? My personal feeling is that you'll put 100 miles on them before you can say they are really comfortable. After that, it's all gravy. You'll be amazed at how they just keep getting more and more comfortable as the years go by.

Bottom line: super comfortable after a very long break in period, and initial high cost offset by very long lifespan.


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Review Date
January 11, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Moon Glade ,  Day Hiker

Summary:
Great Boots. Must have.

Customer Service:
Would love to purchase a Limmer Boots 10 1/2 Wide.


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