I'm just curious about how often others replace their hiking boots... I'm wondering if I'm expecting too much from my boots or I should switch brands once again.
I used to hike in Lowa Renegades, which fit me wonderfully, but ended up falling apart (stitching usually) after four months or so. I figured these were more of a dayhiking style boot and not up to the weekly trips to the Whites and frequent backpacking I do. It wasn't a huge deal since I can usually find them on sale and they aren't particularly expensive.
However, I recently decided to buy a pair of Montrail Torres, figuring they would hold up better with my hiking schedule -- and I bought them at either full price or close to it. So I'm somewhat annoyed that six months later they are also falling apart. (The rivet holding one of the shoe lace hook thingys flew off today.)
I'm wondering if this is just the way it is -- hiking boots don't last very long and I should go back to buying cheap pairs. So is everyone else replacing their boots this frequently or am I just the lucky one?