Quechua Forclaz 500 is one of the best within budget and I would recommend it to anyone interested in serious trekking.
Sturdy toe guard, high ankle guard, ease in wearin
i purchased these shoes about 2 months back and have been using them regularly since then, i have started to get a lot of smell in them, how do i clean them n get rid of the smell?can i water wash them?
aesthetic look, light weight and tough
I use it and its really a excellent shoes for hiking ,trekking etc.its has a awesome grip
Excellent shoes. Used it on snow and ice . Keeps your feet warm and very good grip. Would strongly recommend for cold climates and hiking. Very light and comfortable too. Value for money. Go for it :-)
Light weight, good grip and keeps warm.
Salesperson were very professional in assisting the right selection
Water proof till ankle height Good grip
Could be lighter
Been using them for a year or so, went on one trek, recently the water started leaking in, not sure why. they have started soaking water like anything... can i still use the warranty or not?
comfortable for tough terrain,
Thank you for getting in touch regarding the Forclaz 500 High Boots. The Boots come with a waterproof PU membrane inside and a water-repellent treatment outside. There are few possibilities here with regards to water coming in.
1. The outside water-repellent treatment has deteriorated and the fabric is absorbing water, this is highly likely to happen with usage and all waterproof products need renewal of this coating after regular intervals (very similar to waxing leather shoes). You can renew the treatment by spraying it with water-repellent spray for outdoor boots.
2. The inside water-proof membrane got damaged. This can be due to wear and tear or usage. Not much can be done when this happens.
3. Water is coming in from the top or the tongue if you are not wearing Gaiters. Capillary action sucks water from surrounding areas(puddles, dew on long grass etc.) and the dry parts of the boots get wet. Gaiters with waterproof overtrousers are advised in this case.
4. It is not water that has got in but the sweat that is finding it hard to escape the boots because the breathability of the boots is reduced due to the waterproof membrane getting clogged with dirt or salt crystals found in sweat, all it need is a good clean(inside&outside both) that will open the pores of the membrane. Use footwear cleaner for this purpose, air dry the boots completely in shade and apply the water-repellent spray after that. Leave it to dry. Please feel free to get in touch with me in case of more doubts. Many Thanks and Regards,Ravindra Charan
Product Trainer & Community Manager-Mountain Sports
Although the shoe feels solid, comfortable and stylish... It is definitely not waterproof. One can add an additional insole for additional comfort while walking...
Those looking for waterproof shoes... this is not the one...
Flexibility married with Sturdiness divorced Water
Not waterproof... padded insole is a must...
Me and my trekking partner purchased Forclaz 500 and found them sub-optimal. Both of us developed foot pain, blisters. The sole is so poorly designed that one can feel undulation of ground while walking.
Thank you for your feedback on the Forclaz 500 High Boots. I am sorry to hear that you did not find the boots comfortable.
The Forclaz 500 High has been designed for hiking in the mountains on all type of terrain. The design of this boot is relatively wider to accommodate all types of foot shapes.
As you might know already, blisters are very common when there is friction involved within the boot. Therefore it is very important to tighten the laces securely in order to avoid the foot moving inside the boot.
Also, as some individuals (like me) can have relatively narrow foot shape therefore using an insole underneath the normal insole (to reduce overall volume without reducing the length) is suggested.
Furthermore, the sole is designed to allow easy rolling of the foot to move forward especially on technical terrain.
Here is a little video of how we made these boots.
You can also take your boots to your nearest Decathlon for inspection, the team would be happy to assist you with insoles/lacing techniques etc.
Please feel free to get back to me in case you have any doubts.
Many Thanks and Regards,
Product Trainer & Community Manager-Mountain Sports
Novadry technology is very good, if you are not planning for more than 10 days hike the shoe is perfect with nice grip and ankle protection
I purchased these shoes at the Pune decathlon a few days ago.customer service is really good.
I plan to use these shoes in the western ghats and treks in the north of India.
I have used these shoes for one trek till date.
Trek was done in very heavy rain.i used Quechua rain pants over them and made sure my rain pants covered the top of the shoes.I made sure I laced the shoes correctly and the tongue was snug against my shin.Shoes were waterproof for the first 30 minutes,but eventually got totally soaked in the torrential rain of the western ghats.
My observation is that the water will get in from the top of the shoe in heavy rain.In mild rain feet and puddles feet do remain dry.
What I really liked about these shoes
1.the shoes are very comfortable straight out of the box.
2.the tread on the shoes offer excellent grip on mud,rocks and loose gravel.
3.asthetically pleasing design.
4.good solid toe protection.
What could be improved.
1.maybe some way of ensuring boot remains waterproof in heavy rain.