Timberland Women's Chocorua Trail Boot - My Newest Hiking Boot That I LOVE. (And the Flume is given a second chance)

If you've followed me on Twitter, you'll know I was researching new hiking boots.  I didn't want to buy another pair of Timberland's but in the end I did.  And?  Wow.  So far, they are redeeming themselves.  The pair I decided on was based on reviews from numerous websites as well as my budget, needs, wants and the look I liked.  In the end, I went with a pair of Chocorua's and although I only wore them once to 'break them in' so far, I'm quite happy with them!

I ordered mine from Amazon and here is their product listing:

Timberland Women's Chocorua Trail Boot

  • Leather and textile
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • Shaft measures approximately 4.5" from arch
  • Heel measures approximately 1.25"
  • Platform measures approximately 4.5 ]
  • Waterproof leather hiking boot featuring mesh panels and lace-up closure with metallic hardware
  • Gore-Tex membrane and seam-sealed construction for waterproof protection
  • Removable dual-density EVA footbed
  • EVA midsole
  • B.S.F.P. motion efficiency system with lug outsole for traction

The reason I didn't want to go with Timberland is because I had previously bought the Flumes and had ordered them based on the reviews and research, including the size.  I normally wear an 8 1/2 or 9 in shoes and boots.   Based on reviews I ordered these in size 9.  I wore them a few times for 3-4 hours at a time and my feet would get sore but I figured they were still being broke in.  When I wore them on a 4 mile hike, I had chosen to wear nice, thick socks that day for the padding.  Big mistake.  My feet hurt so badly I was basically limping with every step and finally, unable to take it anymore, I walked the last quarter mile in my socks and carried my shoes.  I ended up limping for almost a week due to the pain in my toes - but luckily I did not loose my toenail!

I shoved them to the back of my closet after that and figured I'd made a $100 mistake.  HOWEVER in hindsight, I now realize I should have gone with my gut feeling and ordered 1/2 size larger in this hiking boot; a 9.5.  Had I done that I know they would have been perfect!  I've since worn them with very thin socks and they are indeed very comfortable, waterproof, have good grip and traction and they are back in my good graces for short hikes and thin socks!

Timberland Womens Flume Mid Waterproof Boot

The Chocorua boots I most recently purchased were comfortable IMMEDIATELY out of the box.  I bought them in a 9.5 based on my experience with my previous Timberlands and I've had no issues with either thick socks nor thin.  Both were comfortable.

Going down hills, when your feet can often slide forward and jam into the top of your shoe, damaging the nail bed (as my previous boots did on the 4 mile hike) did not happen in these.  My feet didn't slide, I had plenty of room and they were waterproof to boot when I stepped into the creek.  Although I'm sure they would leak somewhat if I was to walk through the creek for a while, for crossing, jumping and quick steps through the water they seem perfectly fine.

Amazon also has the men's version of the Chocorua.  Although my husband is not a hiker so we've not had a personal review of the men's version.

Timberland Men's Chocorua Trail Mid Hiking Boot

If you are interested in the first boot I got that I hated at first because I mistakingly bought the wrong size, it is the Flume Mid.  If you like to wear padded or thick socks, order 1/2 size up.  If you prefer thin socks, your normal size should be fine.

Timberland Womens Flume Mid Waterproof Boot