Italian footwear brand Crispi is new to New Zealand, but the Nevada Legend is its oldest and best-selling boot – now in its 40th year of manufacture.
With nubuck leather uppers, a full rubber rand and Vibram outsole, it is built to withstand the rigors of multi-day tramping in rugged terrain. The tall design and stiff construction provide plenty of ankle support without being constrictive – the boot has a wide last and should accommodate most Kiwi feet.
I found the boot comfortable from the get-go. At the end of the first couple of days of walking, I had some minor friction spots, but since then I’ve had no issues, even after long days.
But the Legend is quite bulky, weighing 1600g/pair.
The firm midsole allows crampons to be worn, but without the aches you get after a day walking in really rigid boots. The sole has a ‘rocker’ which helps propel you forward and adds a spring to your step.
I found these boots performed well in wet weather. The nubuck upper and rubber rand make up the first line of defence, while a Gore-Tex lining provides lasting water-repellency. The boots remained dry at the end of wet days featuring multiple river crossings.
My impression is that they are well constructed and hard-wearing. There is minimal exposed stitching and the high rand protects the uppers and, after a couple of months of fairly regular use, they are holding up well.
The Legend is a good choice for trampers looking for an all-terrain boot that should stand the test of time.