Each person prefers a certain fit of boot, often specific to the task of the regional terrain’s exposure and temperature range. With that said, I’ve run the gamut of boots, often going through one pair of high-end boots per season. Tired of having to frequently replace boots, I set out to find one that could withstand the rigors of hard backcountry miles.
Often, I travel five miles one way on short scouting trips, with the likelihood of traveling many more during the season. My boots need to be bombproof juggernauts that won’t leave my feet blistered and fatigued.
In short: I used and abused the CRISPI® Nevada Legends through spring hunts and harsh treatment to see how they held up. While these Italian-made boots require a healthy investment ($410), they prove an absolutely bomber option with rubber and construction that can stand out to almost anything.
CRISPI® Boots: A Brief History
CRISPI® boots were born in the Italian mountains. In 1975, Alessandro Marcolin brought his vision of a better boot alive. From the beginning, the brand has focused on its main tenets of “progress, evolution, and innovation.”
Italian leather has always been sought after for workmanship and quality, and CRISPI® boots are no different. In four short years, Marcolin expanded into France, Switerzland, and Germany — adding Japan, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Canada, and the U.S. by 1984.
First Impressions: CRISPI® Nevada GTX
At a glance, I decided to give the CRISPI® Nevada Legend GTX a try during Colorado’s spring shed hunting and turkey seasons. My first thought was how great the Nevadas looked out of the box.
Regarding durability, the rubber that encased the boot halfway up as well as the minimal seams set my mind at ease.
Flipping the boot over, I was welcomed by a familiar Vibram sole. I put it on and found it to be very stiff, but not uncomfortably so. My ankles felt secure and protected — kind of like the boots were whispering to them, “We’ve got you.”
I also noticed the cushioning was very forgiving and comfortable. These boots gave me a warm and fuzzy first impression. However, first impressions only go so far.
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