Helly Hansen Montreal V2 (No. 11425)
I work in the outdoor resources field. Whether I am hiking out to fell trees, or slogging through a wetland to spray invasive phragmites, these are my go to boots, the Helly Hansen Montreal V2 (No. 11425).
I have owned them for about two months. The laces are beginning to fray, and will, most likely, fail soon. I always recommend a set of quality laces on any boot, usually a Kevlar/Kevlar-blend for this very reason. There is some fraying on the sides of the boot as well, but this is not a concerning problem. It seems to be more of an appearance, than function issue. Rather than swapping out my boots to hike out to a worksite, I just wear these boots.
When I wore them paired with Sealskinz laminated socks, my feet stayed dry in knee deep water. The inside of the boot dried within an hour while still on my feet. On the few days we experienced 20 degree weather, I wore my boots with Dickies Steel Toe Crew Socks. My feet were nice and warm. They are light enough to be my everyday hiker, and yet, provide enough support to allow me to walk on sand (about a mile of powdery sand each day).
While the soles are not my usual Vibram, they are grippy enough to provide competent traction and are thick enough to stop Bradford Pear, briar, and rose thorns from poking through.
For an overall outdoor boot or hiker, these are definitely recommended.
Forestry/Wildlife Conservationist, Naturalist.