Make & Model - Ariat Terrain
Materials - Full-grain leather upper, moisture-wicking liner, gel-cushioned footbed, ATS composite shank, EVA midsole, Duratread rubber outsole
Colors - Brown Oiled Rowdy, Distressed Brown, Cordovan, Sunshine
Sizes - 7 to 13 including half-sizes; D or EE. Women's sizes also available.
MSRP - $105
URL - http://www.amazon.com
We purchased this boot from Amazon.com in an attempt to put a cheaper brand to the test. After ordering the medium-width D offering of this model, our feet still felt as though they were swimming in the boots until we put on winter-type wool socks. The texture of the sole isn't as aggressive as we'd like, but held up to hiking on steep, sandy trails respectably. Padding isn't all that thick, and with a leather exterior (plus the aforementioned heavy socks), the wearer tends to end up with sweat-saturated feet after hard use. For the price, though, one could do a heck of a lot worse on inexpensive footwear. These didn't repel water as much as we had hoped, but you can't have everything you want for a pair of boots in this price range. For anything beyond short hikes, we'd rather shell out a few more bucks to have more cushioning, foot contour conformity, and water resistance.
– Inexpensive, comparatively speaking
– Easy to clean
– Lighter than they look
– If you have a narrow foot, this isn't the shoe for you. We found sizing to run wide.
– Poor water resistance doesn't lend itself to rainy or snowy environments
– Not as breathable as we'd like