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New Balance 851 Mid - Backpacking Boot Review

Backpacking Boot Rating: 6.5 - Fair

Lightweight multi-sport hiker made for day hiking where you need extra cushion. It's very comfortable, waterproof and has "normal shoe" styling.

Quality Ratings:

1. Weight: 2.2 lbs Excellent
2. Sole: New Balance Good
3. Upper Fair
4. Lining Good
5. Sole/Upper Connection Good
6. Insert: Formed Good
7. Toe Protection Fair
8. Lacing Fair
9. Waterproof: Sympatex Fair
10. Breathability Excellent
11. Ankle Support
Fair
12. Value Good

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THE GOOD
Hidden in this normal exterior is enough power to go off road. The 851 Hiker is waterproof and has a stiff sole and enough druablilty for many backpacking trails. It is also comfortable and has above average cushion.

THE BAD
The 851 Hiker does not have any toe impact or scuff protection like most backpacking boots. It also trades durability for comfort, but that may be what you are looking for.

THE FIT & COMFORT
Ready to go, the 851 fits like a shoe and has a standard foot shape (slight curve and medium width) the same as Merrell and Nike ACG. New Balance has lots of wide options available.

THE PRICE
List price - $100.00
Average price - $89.95

OTHER NOTES
Hard to find unless you are at Cabela's website because it's an exclusive model.

Available Sizes: Men's 7-12, 13, 14, 15

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Similar Boots: The North Face Adrenaline

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