Lugz Mallard Hiking Boots Review
One thing I’ve missed since having kids was hiking. Not a stroll through the park, but real hiking. Now when my oldest was a baby I could throw him in a pack and head out. Now with three very independent young children hikes are much tamer. I was blessed that my feet never changed sizes after two pregnancies. Alas, the third did me in and my trusty old boots would no longer fit. That is where the awesome Lugz Mallard Hiking Boots come in! I’m going to be getting a lot more hiking time in now!
Look at the treads on these beauties!
When Lugz hit the market back in 1993, they were known for their boots. These days they have any type you can imagine! As hiking is in my blood, I chose the Mallard Hiking Boot. I picked this beautiful Black/ Asphalt/ Fluorite/ White color as the teal-ish color matches most of my outdoor and athletic gear. The Permahide upper is fully water resistant, or in my case currently, snow-resistant. These have their Flexstride molded memory foam insole inside for a super comfortable fit. The bottoms are a ASTM-F1677, Mark II tested slip resistant durable rubber sole. The treads are deep and the traction is excellent even on the icy sidewalks outside my house. The laces are strong and have just enough flex to pull them comfortably tight. The aglets are sturdy and secure.
The Fit & Feel
I wear a 7.5-8 now and ordered these in a size 8 to have enough room for thick hiking socks. The size seems just right. I wore them with thinner socks and I had a little extra room for sure, and they fit perfectly with thick socks. The lacing hooks at the top allow the boot to open up more than wide enough to get my foot in comfortably. The high collar and tongue are both padded for comfort. The high collar is sturdy, yet flexible enough to move easily in.
They support the ankle very well while maintaining a truly luxurious fit. Hiking boots always take a bit of time to break in, and these are no exception, but so far the process has not lead to any aches, bruises, or blisters. The laces are pretty easy to tighten or loosen as needed and seem to stay in place once adjusted very well. Again, those high hooks for the laces make lacing up quick and easy.
While I have yet to really christen these on a good trail, they have been excellent for our icy and snowy winter weather. The traction and tread have kept me safe and confident on icy pavement on cold school mornings. I love the certified non-slip grip! Trekking through the snow, my feet stay warm and dry. They are thick enough that with my thick socks, I felt no chill as I pushed my feet through the snow. Nothing came through either, so the water-resistant uppers are perfect to stay dry!
The boots do have to be broken in a bit more, but so far have been superiorly comfortable on my treks. The Lugz molded memory foam insole really makes the shoe feel like it is molded to my foot. This makes it very nice for rougher trails where you want to be able to sense what you are walking on. Your foot and shoe are one!
I cannot be more pleased with my new hiking boots and am super excited to take these out on the fun trails of the Pacific Northwest this summer! I really have not had a more comfortable hiking boot ever. The traction and support are Grade A, and the upper materials keep my feet supported, warm, and dry. It’s everything I could ask for in a long-term hiking boot! Lugz Mallard Hiking Boots for the win!
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