It’s been a while, but I am back with a new round of reviews! First up is a cool hiking shoe I’ve been trying out for the past 6 months. It’s made by a little company called “Forsake” that I had seen online last year and was curious enough to try them out. So what did I find? Read on to find out!
Prior to buying these shoes, I had been wearing some Patagonia hiking shoes that had left me very disappointed. They claimed to be water-resistant, but even walking through wet grass would leave my socks soaked. They were stiff and uncomfortable. I wore them for one summer and then decided I needed to make a change and try something new.
Forsake designs their shoes with these things in mind:
- Aqua-Tek waterproof/breathable membrane
- Premium leathers
- Taped seams
- Gusseted tongues
- Dual-density EVA midsole for cushioning
- Composite shank for stability
- Anatomical footbed
From the second I slipped my foot into The Thurston, I knew this was going to be a comfortable (as well as really good looking!) hiking shoe. Compared to my previous hiking shoes, this was like walking on a cloud. I immediately noticed the very supportive midsole, complemented with a soft and cushy tongue.
I recently returned from a working holiday in New Zealand, where I lived, traveled, and worked for just over 5 months. I only took two pairs of shoes along – a pair of barefoot running shoes and these Forsakes. I wore these shoes not only for hiking, but also when I was just out and about in town. They are comfortable enough to be worn for daily use. I was in New Zealand during their cold spring, and these were great at keeping my feet warm during cold hikes.
This picture shows one of the best things about these shoes – the waterproof aspect of them. I hiked in pouring rain with these a few times, and as long as I had pants covering the tops of my shoes and there wasn’t water pouring in, my feet stayed surprisingly dry. However, this waterproof-ness also takes away a lot of breathability that you’d otherwise get in a hiking shoe. These shoes don’t have a lot of ventilation, and I found myself taking them off every couple hours (while hiking) to air out my sweaty socks and feet. In my opinion, this is the only drawback of these shoes.
With that said, I plan to take advantage of the warmth that these are able to provide and use them as my winter boots this upcoming winter. I think they’ll do a good job of keeping my feet warm and dry in the snow, and I am excited that I’ll be able to wear them year-round.
The soles offer all the traction I ever needed. I’ve used them in mud, dirt, large boulders, small pebbles, loose earth, and everything else in between. And after 6 months, the soles show very little to no wear at all. It makes me think that I will be able to use these for at least a few years before I need to start thinking about replacing them.
With the natural leather around the toe area, they will get a little beat up as you wear them. This is not a bad thing, however. It gives them character and makes them look just as tough as they are.
I give the Forsake “Thurston” Hiking shoes 5 out of 5 stars!
(I’d buy from Forsake again!)
My review is probably more fitting of a 4 Star rating, however, it is not fair for me to deduct a star because they weren’t as breathable as I expected them to be. I know that Forsake makes other hiking shoes that are more breathable, and I would love to try them all in due time!
Do you like them, as well? Check out their website HERE.
Expect to pay around $100 for your first pair of Forsake shoes.