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.
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.