Oct 10 2014

Mr. Coffee – Shopping Blog

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For my shopping blog I decided to write about my coffee pot that I bought freshman year and has lasted until now. Which I think is rather incredible due to the fact that it’s sold at a low price of 18.99 at target. This coffee pot is essentially the most basic coffee pot you can buy, therefore, if you go to any target, Walmart, or place that sells coffee pots a consumer will most likely find it for sale. What I found interesting was the cost at Walmart was more expensive than the cost at target. At target, as I said, it was 18.99 but at Walmart for the same model its cost is $19.67. This surprised me, because consumers always hear that Walmart has the cheapest prices, but according to this they actually do not. Then, I checked Amazon.com and they were selling it for 19.67, as well.

I was conflicted at first, if I should buy a more expensive coffee pot, like a Keurig, but then I decided that I am a poor college student and honestly I drink nearly half to- a full pot of coffee a day, so I needed something cheap and will make a full pot of coffee for me. Keurig’s only make one cup at a time and that’ just not enough to get me through the day. I also realized K cups were way too expensive for my low budget at the moment. Maybe when I graduate I will one as my gift to myself. I’ve realized I have an actual problem with coffee but I can’t stop. I believe I got lucky with this coffee pot, because it has lasted me three years and I’ve definitely gotten my use out of it.

I thought it was important to mention the retailer at which I bought this coffee pot, because compared to Walmart and Amazon.com it was a dollar cheaper. Target doesn’t treat its employees the way consumers hear Walmart treat their employees. Compared to Amazon.com consumers don’t have to wait for Amazon to send their purchase in the mail.

Mr. Coffee was founded in Ohio which was surprising, because when I think about good coffee, I don’t generally think about the mid-west. Mr. Coffee was the first creator of the Automatic drip coffee maker in 1972 and is a top-selling brand today. At Target the EWOM was 3.5/5 overall stars. Many people saying it was inexpensive and gets the job done, but it could be better. At Walmart this product got at 3.5/5 overall stars, and Amazon.com it got 3.9/5 stars. Overall, there were reviews saying this product gets the job done but shows it’s cheapness in the lack of features and “plastic-y” taste it produces when drinking the coffee.

Others could be interested in this item if they drink a lot of coffee, if they are poor, and like things that last for a long time. However, they can’t be too picky about the taste of their coffee, just the effects that coffee has on your body.

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Oct 10 2014

Mr. Coffee – Shopping Blog

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coffee

For my shopping blog I decided to write about my coffee pot that I bought freshman year and has lasted until now. Which I think is rather incredible due to the fact that it’s sold at a low price of 18.99 at target. This coffee pot is essentially the most basic coffee pot you can buy, therefore, if you go to any target, Walmart, or place that sells coffee pots a consumer will most likely find it for sale. What I found interesting was the cost at Walmart was more expensive than the cost at target. At target, as I said, it was 18.99 but at Walmart for the same model its cost is $19.67. This surprised me, because consumers always hear that Walmart has the cheapest prices, but according to this they actually do not. Then, I checked Amazon.com and they were selling it for 19.67, as well.

I was conflicted at first, if I should buy a more expensive coffee pot, like a Keurig, but then I decided that I am a poor college student and honestly I drink nearly half to- a full pot of coffee a day, so I needed something cheap and will make a full pot of coffee for me. Keurig’s only make one cup at a time and that’ just not enough to get me through the day. I also realized K cups were way too expensive for my low budget at the moment. Maybe when I graduate I will one as my gift to myself. I’ve realized I have an actual problem with coffee but I can’t stop. I believe I got lucky with this coffee pot, because it has lasted me three years and I’ve definitely gotten my use out of it.

I thought it was important to mention the retailer at which I bought this coffee pot, because compared to Walmart and Amazon.com it was a dollar cheaper. Target doesn’t treat its employees the way consumers hear Walmart treat their employees. Compared to Amazon.com consumers don’t have to wait for Amazon to send their purchase in the mail.

Mr. Coffee was founded in Ohio which was surprising, because when I think about good coffee, I don’t generally think about the mid-west. Mr. Coffee was the first creator of the Automatic drip coffee maker in 1972 and is a top-selling brand today. At Target the EWOM was 3.5/5 overall stars. Many people saying it was inexpensive and gets the job done, but it could be better. At Walmart this product got at 3.5/5 overall stars, and Amazon.com it got 3.9/5 stars. Overall, there were reviews saying this product gets the job done but shows it’s cheapness in the lack of features and “plastic-y” taste it produces when drinking the coffee.

Others could be interested in this item if they drink a lot of coffee, if they are poor, and like things that last for a long time. However, they can’t be too picky about the taste of their coffee, just the effects that coffee has on your body.

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Oct 10 2014

Mr. Coffee – Shopping Blog

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coffee

For my shopping blog I decided to write about my coffee pot that I bought freshman year and has lasted me until now. Which I think is rather incredible due to the fact that it’s sold at a low price of 18.99 at target. This coffee pot is essentially the most basic coffee pot you can buy, therefore, if you go to any target, Walmart, or place that sells coffee pots a consumer will most likely find it for sale. What I found interesting was the cost at Walmart was more expensive than the cost at target. At target, as I said, it was 18.99 but at Walmart for the same model its cost is $19.67. This surprised me, because consumers always hear that Walmart has the cheapest prices, but according to this they actually do not. Then, I checked Amazon.com and they were selling it for 19.67, as well.

I was conflicted at first, if I should buy a more expensive coffee pot, like a Keurig, but then I decided that I am a poor college student and honestly I drink nearly half to- a full pot of coffee a day, so I needed something cheap and will make a full pot of coffee for me. Keurig’s only make one cup at a time and that’ just not enough to get me through the day. I also realized K cups were way too expensive for my low budget at the moment. Maybe when I graduate I will one as my gift to myself. I’ve realized I have an actual problem with coffee but I can’t stop. I believe I got lucky with this coffee pot, because it has lasted me three years and I’ve definitely gotten my use out of it.

I thought it was important to mention the retailer at which I bought this coffee pot, because compared to Walmart and Amazon.com it was a dollar cheaper. Target doesn’t treat its employees the way consumers hear Walmart treat their employees. Compared to Amazon.com consumers don’t have to wait for Amazon to send their purchase in the mail.

Mr. Coffee was founded in Ohio which was surprising, because when I think about good coffee, I don’t generally think about the mid-west. Mr. Coffee was the first creator of the Automatic drip coffee maker in 1972 and is a top-selling brand today. At Target the EWOM was 3.5/5 overall stars. Many people saying it was inexpensive and gets the job done, but it could be better. At Walmart this product got at 3.5/5 overall stars, and Amazon.com it got 3.9/5 stars. Overall, there were reviews saying this product gets the job done but shows it’s cheapness in the lack of features and “plastic-y” taste it produces when drinking the coffee.

Others could be interested in this item if they drink a lot of coffee, if they are poor, and like things that last for a long time. However, they can’t be too picky about the taste of their coffee, just the effects that coffee has on your body.

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Oct 08 2014

Eyeconic Indian Art- Tapestry

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The product that I chose to share for my second shopping blog post was a tapestry wall hanging that I recently ordered from Esty.com. In the past few years I have noticed a rise in popularity of tapestries, especially in college houses and dorm rooms. Most that I have seen consist of patterns or artwork that is pleasing to the eye. They can also have a vintage look to them that can be used for decoration or furniture coverings. After doing some research about tapestries I found that in the 14th century tapestries were a symbol of nobility and would often portray important events or favorite stories.

The tapestry that I purchased is called “India Bedding Sheet”(bedspread wall hanging tapestry ethnic decor vintage india hippy boho decor art). This specific tapestry was $18.99 on etsy.com. Since this was a handmade item, shipped from India, I do not think that you could purchase this exact pattern of tapestry from any other site besides Etsy. The item details were that it is a “colorful screen printed tapestry from Sanganer, India.” It made of 100% soft cotton with a circular pattern on it that is mainly blue with orange and red accents. The size of it is 60 X 90 inches so this could also be used on a twin sized bed. The item details also describe this tapestry as a “work of textile art made in limited quantities.” Versha Tangda is the owner of Eyeconic Indian Art and is the seller of this tapestry along many other handcrafted Indian art products.

https://www.etsy.com/transaction/224679780

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Tapestry wall hangings can be purchased from websites such as urbanoutfitters.com, amazon.com, trippystore.com, worldmarket.com, and soul-flower.com and sunshinedaydream.com. Most of these websites sell tapestries anywhere from $15- $35 dollars, however Urban Outfitters sell anywhere from $40-$80 (and sometimes even more expensive. It is important to take into account the size of the tapestry as well when looking at the price. Large tapestries will obviously be much more expensive than smaller ones. If someone were to look for this specific tapestry etsy.com would be the only seller through Eyeconic Indian Art. Although I found tapestries with similar colors, there was not one that looked like the one I purchased. Eyeconic Indian Art made a variety of different tapestries all for similar prices. Another way to purchase tapestries would be to go out to small, individually owned stores that sell them. I do not know of any big chain stores besides Urban Outfitters that sell them directly in their stores. Vendors at fairs along with the vendors that are set up on campus during the beginning of the year would also be another place to look at and purchase a tapestry.

As I mentioned earlier, Versha Tangda is the owner of Eyeconic Indian Arts and was the seller of this specific tapestry on etsy.com. In her biography provided by Etsy she mentions that her company started working with Etsy in order to get an opportunity to connect with people all over the world while maintaining a satisfied customer relations. They are regarded as a reliable service provider for men’s and women’s items as well as interior decorating items and paintings. One aspect that I found to be interesting was she noted that they “work in association with village’s craftsman, artisans, widow women and jobless persons who made all items by hand.” Customers shopping on Etsy also have the opportunity to contact or “ask a question” to the sellers of items that they are interested in. Etsy.com is described as a marketplace where people around the world can connect to buy and sell unique goods. It is an e-commerce website “focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items under Etsy’s new guidelines, released in October 2013.”

In terms of eWOM, there was nothing but positive feedback about the product itself. Customers said things such as “It’s so pretty,” “Awesome tapestry,” “Very nice fabric, I love it,” “Very affordable for such great quality,” and much more. The only downside that I read and that I experienced myself was that since it was shipped from India it took a little longer than expected to finally reach me. I believe that it takes anywhere from 2-3 weeks to be delivered to its destination. In my opinion, it was worth the wait because it is great quality and exactly what I expected.

I chose to post this particular item because I have seen this growing trend of tapestry wall hangings since coming to school. They can make great decorations as well as furniture covers. Many websites offer very reasonably priced but good quality tapestries. However, since there is a wider variety of tapestries that are sold online rather than in stores, customers might be more cautious when purchasing something that they cant tangibly hold in a store. I believe that if you find a reliable website that you are comfortable purchasing from than you can find a tapestry that will work for your unique style. I would definitely recommend this tapestry and any of the tapestries from Versha Tangda’s company. This tapestry is exactly what I expected to get in terms of color and pattern and quality; and the company was reliable and trustworthy. My generation especially seems to purchase tapestries for decorations, therefore this specific tapestry or any tapestry from this company is something that I would recommend in the future.

www.etsy.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etsy

 

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Oct 05 2014

Nickel and Dimed Reflection

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My worst fears have been slightly confirmed by this book. I’ve known for a long time that living off one minimum wage job is impossible, but I never gave much thought to minimum wage in slightly impoverished areas. Everyone is forced to make a living, and although this study was completed a while ago, Barbra doesn’t have too hard of a time finding a job in either city. That made me laugh ironically, because this past summer I worked very hard, submitting dozens of application to only get two job offers, after two weeks.

Barbra was responsible with her money, but I shudder to think about those who do not plan as carefully. I’m sure that after working so hard at minimum wage jobs, people learn to be financially responsible. But there are always bumps in the road, and not everything is spelled out. For example, Barbra believes that George, accused of stealing, didn’t even know the rules about what is alright to take and what isn’t. It also seems as though there are certain “rules” to lower paying jobs, like how Barbra preferred to do housekeeping instead of being a front desk clerk.

Personally, I would rather be a front desk clerk, instead of cleaning rooms. But with that job, I’m sure, are a thousand smaller responsibilities attached. This end of corporate America is just unfavorable, and I very much hope that my degree after four years at UMW will be my salvation from it.

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Oct 05 2014

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

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Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich is an interesting account of her experiment living on minimum wage jobs in America. I can appreciate the concept behind the idea, but I didn’t really like the approach. Something about the anthropological method of submerging oneself in a culture or social setting while remaining an observer doesn’t sit quite right with me. She made great points, of course, but they are intended for an audience of mid to upper classes who have no experience with, and apparently very little contact with, lower classes. She was very forthcoming initially about feeling self-conscious about her new lifestyle and appearance, and later, about the pride she takes in her successes in her new life. Her story focuses on her own and her coworkers’ economics including lifestyles, budgets, scheduling, and transportation, as well as work politics involving management.

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Oct 03 2014

SCOUT: The Mightah Bin

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SCOUT is a Washington, DC based company that makes a variety of storage and organizational products. Creator and co-owner Deb Johns wanted to provide women with stylish but functional designs. The company does this by selling the products customers know and love, in an easy to care for fabric, and rolling out new patterns twice a year. While the majority of SCOUT customers are women, they are women from all age groups and stages of life. SCOUT sells everything from backpacks to casserole dish covers in a variety of colors and patterns that will appeal to any style or taste. SCOUT’s website, however, does note that the company’s products have reached a “cult status” in the South, likely because of the preppy color combinations and the ability to monogram certain items.

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I am a big fan of SCOUT’s storage bins. I discovered them shortly before I moved into my dorm freshman year and I’ve been hooked ever since! In my apartment I use a mix of the Mightah Bin and Shoulda Bin. The Shoulda Bin is larger and great for storing books, snacks, even extra clothes. (I’ve used mine in pretty much every way possible over the last three and a half years!) I am partial to the Mightah Bin.

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At 9” x 9” x 9”, they are small enough to fit on a bookshelf while deep enough to actually store things inside of them. They are 100% polypropylene, so the clean-up that is necessary after an inevitable leak or spill is easy. I love how unlike traditional storage bins, the handles are soft so they don’t scratch my hands when I’m carrying them while loading things into my car or apartment. Finally, the best part is that the Mightah Bin is totally collapsable! The bottom folds up so that even when not in use it is a truly efficient use of space.

Customers can get their hands on the Mightah Bin in several ways. The most obvious and simple option is to order one directly from SCOUT. Ordering directly will allow customers to choose from any pattern in the current season, but the drawback is that SCOUT rarely marks down popular items like the Mightah Bin, even at the end of the season. Another option is to go to a local retailer that orders SCOUT products wholesale. The company has a tool on its website that helps customers find their nearest retailer. (Lydia’s Monogrammed Gifts on William Street sells SCOUT products here in Fredericksburg.) While these independent shops are more likely to have sales at the end of each season, customers will not have access to the entire collection. They will only be able to select from the patterns that the retailer has chosen to buy wholesale. Finally, SCOUT will sometimes sell items from past seasons through Amazon. I would only recommend buying from Amazon if a customer is specifically looking for backstock that is not available directly through SCOUT or a local retailer, as Amazon’s prices are not that great. Overall, SCOUT’s website, scoutbags.com, has the best selection, and local retailers have the best prices at certain times of the year.

Mightah Bins retail for $18, which is how much they sell for on the SCOUT website. Amazon.com was selling one in a Summer 2014 pattern for $19.95, which is why I recommend just ordering directly. Some websites will sell Mightah Bins in sets of two. Houzz.com was selling such a set for $36, while dormsmart.com was selling their sets of two for $47.98. A small gift shop in Wayne, PA that also has an online store was also selling them for $40.

There is very little electronic word of mouth about SCOUT products. The SCOUT website itself does not allow customers to review its products, and brick and mortar stores do not have the option of online reviews anyway. The few reviews on Amazon.com were all 5 stars, saying that the Mightah Bin is “quite sturdy” and the material “is easy to wipe off to clean.” Another customer echoed that sentiment saying, “the material is water resistant and easily cleaned with a damp cloth,” and added that “handles make it easy to transport.”

The Mightah Bin is an excellent addition to any dorm room or apartment. I love mine and would encourage anyone looking to make the most of a small space to buy one!

 

 

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Oct 03 2014

SCOUT: The Mightah Bin

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SCOUT is a Washington, DC based company that makes a variety of storage and organizational products. Creator and co-owner Deb Johns wanted to provide women with stylish but functional designs. The company does this by selling the products customers know and love, in an easy to care for fabric, and rolling out new patterns twice a year. While the majority of SCOUT customers are women, they are women from all age groups and stages of life. SCOUT sells everything from backpacks to casserole dish covers in a variety of colors and patterns that will appeal to any style or taste. SCOUT’s website, however, does note that the company’s products have reached a “cult status” in the South, likely because of the preppy color combinations and the ability to monogram certain items.

ourstory-7

I am a big fan of SCOUT’s storage bins. I discovered them shortly before I moved into my dorm freshman year and I’ve been hooked ever since! In my apartment I use a mix of the Mightah Bin and Shoulda Bin. The Shoulda Bin is larger and great for storing books, snacks, even extra clothes. (I’ve used mine in pretty much every way possible over the last three and a half years!) I am partial to the Mightah Bin.

50102_Mightah-Bin_Sweet-T

At 9” x 9” x 9”, they are small enough to fit on a bookshelf while deep enough to actually store things inside of them. They are 100% polypropylene, so the clean-up that is necessary after an inevitable leak or spill is easy. I love how unlike traditional storage bins, the handles are soft so they don’t scratch my hands when I’m carrying them while loading things into my car or apartment. Finally, the best part is that the Mightah Bin is totally collapsable! The bottom folds up so that even when not in use it is a truly efficient use of space.

Customers can get their hands on the Mightah Bin in several ways. The most obvious and simple option is to order one directly from SCOUT. Ordering directly will allow customers to choose from any pattern in the current season, but the drawback is that SCOUT rarely marks down popular items like the Mightah Bin, even at the end of the season. Another option is to go to a local retailer that orders SCOUT products wholesale. The company has a tool on its website that helps customers find their nearest retailer. (Lydia’s Monogrammed Gifts on William Street sells SCOUT products here in Fredericksburg.) While these independent shops are more likely to have sales at the end of each season, customers will not have access to the entire collection. They will only be able to select from the patterns that the retailer has chosen to buy wholesale. Finally, SCOUT will sometimes sell items from past seasons through Amazon. I would only recommend buying from Amazon if a customer is specifically looking for backstock that is not available directly through SCOUT or a local retailer, as Amazon’s prices are not that great. Overall, SCOUT’s website, scoutbags.com, has the best selection, and local retailers have the best prices at certain times of the year.

Mightah Bins retail for $18, which is how much they sell for on the SCOUT website. Amazon.com was selling one in a Summer 2014 pattern for $19.95, which is why I recommend just ordering directly. Some websites will sell Mightah Bins in sets of two. Houzz.com was selling such a set for $36, while dormsmart.com was selling their sets of two for $47.98. A small gift shop in Wayne, PA that also has an online store was also selling them for $40.

There is very little electronic word of mouth about SCOUT products. The SCOUT website itself does not allow customers to review its products, and brick and mortar stores do not have the option of online reviews anyway. The few reviews on Amazon.com were all 5 stars, saying that the Mightah Bin is “quite sturdy” and the material “is easy to wipe off to clean.” Another customer echoed that sentiment saying, “the material is water resistant and easily cleaned with a damp cloth,” and added that “handles make it easy to transport.”

The Mightah Bin is an excellent addition to any dorm room or apartment. I love mine and would encourage anyone looking to make the most of a small space to buy one!

 

 

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Oct 02 2014

Vasque Women’s TALUS ULTRADRY™

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These are my favorite boots, Vasque’s women’s TALUS ULTRADRY™. About a year ago when I was down a pair of boots, and newly unemployed, I asked my husband to buy me a pair. He agreed but insisted on buying me quality waterproof hiking boots, instead of the type I buy myself, which usually look more like this:

I had forgotten how nice it was to have a pair of nice hiking boots. My Vasque boots are tough and, comfortable and yes, waterproof. I have hiked streams and waterfalls and the river in them and my feet have not gotten wet once. A few weeks ago, I hiked up Crabtree falls in my Vasque boots, and the next week I went up Old Rag in my runners. The boots were a much better choice for a steep, rocky hike.

We purchased my Vasque boots at campmor.com, where they are currently listed for $149.98. (I honestly didn’t think they cost more than about $100.00 but I think it’s more likely that I was mistaken than the price went up!) Vasque sells them for $159.99. A Google shopping search shows similar styles for less, however the lowest price this exact pair can be purchased at seems to be $132.99 at onlineshoes.com.

The description from Vasque’s website reads as follows: ”The original mountain boots relied on durable leather and minimal stitching for toughness and weatherproofing. They also weighed six pounds. We take the common-sense tradition of a leather boot and build into it modern, lightweight technology to let you fly in the mountains. Set your sights on a summit, but every so often check out your feet. They’ll look classic, but you won’t believe how they climb and feel. Retro appeal and performance that coaxes more from you and your adventure.” They have Vibram® soles and are made of Waterproof Nubuck Leather and Abrasion Resistant Mesh. I’m afraid I must have pushed the abrasion resistant mesh to its limit because the toes are very scuffed up and I need to refinish and condition the leather.

The description on the campmor website mentions several times that these boots lend themselves to long days on your feet. The eWOM on campmor consists of 3 reviews, which average 4.5/5 stars. Only one reviewer there went into detail AND actually hiked in the boot, and she gave it 4/5 stars. Google also shows ratings of over 4 stars on these boots as reviewed on rei.com, gearinstitute.com, amazon.com, among others. Also, on smartertravel.com, it received a positive product review, receiving a 9.4/10 overall.

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Oct 02 2014

Vasque Women’s TALUS ULTRADRY™

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These are my favorite boots, Vasque’s women’s TALUS ULTRADRY™. About a year ago when I was down a pair of boots, and newly unemployed, I asked my husband to buy me a pair. He agreed but insisted on buying me quality waterproof hiking boots, instead of the type I buy myself, which usually look more like this:

I had forgotten how nice it was to have a pair of nice hiking boots. My Vasque boots are tough and, comfortable and yes, waterproof. I have hiked streams and waterfalls and the river in them and my feet have not gotten wet once. A few weeks ago, I hiked up Crabtree falls in my Vasque boots, and the next week I went up Old Rag in my runners. The boots were a much better choice for a steep, rocky hike.

We purchased my Vasque boots at campmor.com, where they are currently listed for $149.98. (I honestly didn’t think they cost more than about $100.00 but I think it’s more likely that I was mistaken than the price went up!) Vasque sells them for $159.99. A Google shopping search shows similar styles for less, however the lowest price this exact pair can be purchased at seems to be $132.99 at onlineshoes.com.

The description from Vasque’s website reads as follows: ”The original mountain boots relied on durable leather and minimal stitching for toughness and weatherproofing. They also weighed six pounds. We take the common-sense tradition of a leather boot and build into it modern, lightweight technology to let you fly in the mountains. Set your sights on a summit, but every so often check out your feet. They’ll look classic, but you won’t believe how they climb and feel. Retro appeal and performance that coaxes more from you and your adventure.” They have Vibram® soles and are made of Waterproof Nubuck Leather and Abrasion Resistant Mesh. I’m afraid I must have pushed the abrasion resistant mesh to its limit because the toes are very scuffed up and I need to refinish and condition the leather.

The description on the campmor website mentions several times that these boots lend themselves to long days on your feet. The eWOM on campmor consists of 3 reviews, which average 4.5/5 stars. Only one reviewer there went into detail AND actually hiked in the boot, and she gave it 4/5 stars. Google also shows ratings of over 4 stars on these boots as reviewed on rei.com, gearinstitute.com, amazon.com, among others. Also, on smartertravel.com, it received a positive product review, receiving a 9.4/10 overall.

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