I wear these everywhere!
I can't speak for other reviewers, but I purchased my boots more than 2 years ago and they are still holding up very well.
Awesome portage boot
I have had a pair of these for 8 years and used them for several BWCA trips each year....they are awesome...they dry quickly after removing them following a long day of portaging in and out of the water all day...keeping your ankles supported. I wear a pair of smartwool socks in them to keep any chafing from happening. My only complaint is that the sole is now separating from the upper ... I have glued this back last year and they still held up....but now they are tired (wouldn't you be?) I have just ordered an new pair...thanks goodness you still carry them...people I have met on the trail have been jealous and have gone to order them.
Improve on QuikLace
I have had 2 pairs of this boot. Lots to like: lightweight, comfortable and as good traction as I have found on wet rocks. However, the QuickLace system is a negative. The elastic lace does not give support on rough ground because it gives when the ankle moves rather than supporting the ankle. It would be a better boot if it had non-elastic nylon lace and metal or plastic eyelets in the boot. I have tried replacing the elastic with non-elastic, but it wears through the web eyelets quickly. I think the quick lock could still be used with a non-elastic lace. Also, it seems the glue holding the tread to the upper should last longer. REPLY: Some of these upgrades to the lacing system can be found in the improved design of the CANEY FORK Boot. This more affordable Quetico Trekker still provides hundreds of paddlers with a good portaging option. Thank you for your review.
Good boots for canoe tripping
I bought these new in Ely before a recent trip to Quetico. I really liked the traction on the slippery rocks, and they drained well after walking through water. They also dried very quickly for a hiking boot. The quick lace system was a concern at first, but it held up OK. It never came undone over an entire day of portaging, and I never needed to tighten it.
I would give these a 5 except the glue holding the sole to the toe came undone after the 3rd day on the trail. Not a major problem for the trip, but a bit disappointing in a new boot.