Lightweight, comfortable, and supportive - yes. Live up to all the manufacturer's claims - no.
By Will Rietveld
Why did I review the Dunham Contrail-Mid? Three reasons: Dunham boots are among the lightest available, I like a mid-height boot for off-trail stability, and Dunham boots are available in extended sizes and widths. Assuming that many of our readers have the same needs, I gave the Contrail-Mid a thorough testing and report my findings here. Dunham has lofty claims for the Contrail’s comfort and performance; so how did they survive some serious off-trail hiking and bushwhacking?
Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.
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