Mammut White Rose Boots
First of all let me tell you that I am absolutely thrilled with the comfort and stability these boots provide. I took them out of the box and off I went for a 9 mile hike, and I ended up with very happy blister free feet. Since that day I wore them in variety of terrain and conditions, from dry desert environment of the Grand Canyon to talus, scree, muddy trails and snow of the Cascades and Sierras. Their performance deserves an A+ The only time I ever felt a little discomfort was 3/4 of the way into a 28 mile day hike, and even then I suspect the blister that formed on my toe was due to improper use (my feet felt so good I tried to jog parts of the trail with full pack on) rather than anything else. They are the type of boots you don’t feel the need to kick off your feet at the very moment you get to camp or back to your car.
They run little wider in the toe box, which is a plus if you plan to use them in the altitude where your feet might swell. I wear size 9 for hiking, and the White Roses run true to size.
At first I was little worried about durability of the material. I smeared my foot on a rock during the first hike and ended up with rather deep scratch. It does not seem to be effecting the waterproofness of the boot, I literally stood in the middle of creek in them with water rushing over the top for at good 15-20 seconds, and the inside remained dry; however it was a concern for the future as the material started to show little signs of wear in other spots as well within few weeks of use.
The real test of durability was thru hike of the JOHN Muir Trail during which we completed approximately 230 miles of walking over a period of three weeks. I literally lived in these boots the whole hike, it was very rare for me to put my camp Crocs on due to cold evening temperatures and rain. For those not familiar with this hike, the JMT runs from Yosemite Valley to the summit of Mt. Whitney and is accomplished mostly on maintained trail which leads both through forest and alpine landscape. On this trail the White Roses performed well and sustained minimal wear. They carried me the whole distance with zero hot spots and zero blisters. Thumbs Up!
Conclusion: Super comfortable trail shoe but not might be the best choice if you consider frequent off trail travel and scrambling.