Gear Review: Wolverine Fulcrum ICS GORE-TEX Boot


We took Wolverine’s newest Ful­crum ICS Gore Tex Boot out for a spin in Port­land’s For­est Park because we were curi­ous to feel how the Indi­vid­ual Com­fort Sys­tem disc, their lat­est patent­ed tech­nol­o­gy, felt under­foot. Tyler and I charged around on the mud­dy trails along Balch Creek to see how the boots held up. This is what we found.


Fit: The boots fit great, and feel com­fort­able upon first wear. They should require very lit­tle break-in time com­pared to oth­er full-leather boots. At the same time, the boots still feel rugged enough to get through a lot of tough terrain.

Wolverine Insert
The Indi­vid­ual Com­fort Sys­tem Disc

Indi­vid­ual Com­fort Sys­tem (disc): The disc sys­tem is extreme­ly sim­ple yet effec­tive, and allows for a wide range of stiff­ness in the heel cup.

Water­proof­ing: The boots water­proof mate­r­i­al is top-notch and allows the boot to be com­plete­ly sub­merged in run­ning water with­out leakage.

Grip/Sole/Tread: The tread and thick­ness of the sole is a good bal­ance between stick­i­ness on wet rock, yet firm­ness for longer, rugged conditions.


Fit: These boots felt great imme­di­ate­ly. I laced them up snug­ly and they felt sup­port­ive, but not stiff enough to lim­it any flexibility.

Indi­vid­ual Com­fort Sys­tem (disc): I want­ed to feel the dif­fer­ence between the soft and the firm set­tings on the disc, so I set my left foot to soft, and my right foot to firm. The dif­fer­ence was remark­able. It felt like I had two dif­fer­ent styles of boots on my feet. I pre­ferred the firm, but I could see why some might pre­fer the soft. This is what sets the boots apart from all oth­ers I’ve worn. You can adjust the firm­ness of that heel cup to feel exact­ly how you want.

Water­proof­ing: The GORE-TEX uppers were extreme­ly water­proof. I stood in Balch Creek for a few min­utes with the water run­ning over my toes and there was zero leakage.

Grip/Sole/Tread: I walked around on wet mossy rocks and the Vibram soles gripped them with­out a prob­lem. The tread pat­tern feels nat­ur­al under­foot. It’s a nice bal­ance between hav­ing the grip you need with­out a bulky tread pat­tern that feels awk­ward to walk on.

Over­all, these boots were real­ly impres­sive. The two fea­tures that stood out from the rest were how water­proof and adjustable these boots are. The ICS disc is the real deal, and you can expect to hear a lot more about this new tech­nol­o­gy in the future.

For now though, the Ful­crum ICS GORE-TEX boots are avail­able on The Clymb.