SOURCE Product Reviews
However, I consider the grip layer's poor resistance to be something that hinders me. After a week of use, it will wear off in some of the more stressed places and, even more indirectly, it constantly leaves dirty feet. Visually it seems like they're always dirty.
The only reason I think I switched to Chacos (until I discovered they would tighten around my toe no matter how much I modifed them) and Keens (until I discovered my toes would poke out of certain styles) was a) I needed more arch support - these are basically flat b) I was always nervous about my toes being vulnerable - I remember thinking this as I climbed Volcan Madera in Ometepe, Nicaragua c) I have very small feet - I think with the strapping pulled to the max, there was a bit of overhang and i had to get the velcro repositioned. One thing I do remember is that the velcro extends right across the toe strap, so that's why it stays snug d) I wanted a bit more grip on the bottom, though the lo-fi Source sole is surprisingly grippy and NEVER WEARS DOWN. I am almost thinking of getting a new pair to relive my nostalgia...
A very important thing is that the webbing dry quickly - the webbing back in the day wasn't so quick-dry - also downside with a lot of Keens.
In these landfilled times, consciously designed, well-executed products like Source should always prevail.
If you're considering a hip pack do it. Then make sure it's a Hipster so you'll know there is no room for improvement !