Wolverine boots have been for 125 years for their sturdiness and comfort. So when I saw that they had entered the hiking shoe arena, I knew we were not going to be let down. The folks at Wolverine put their heads together with Vibram® and GORE-TEX® to create the Pulsar, a low-cut waterproof hiker, complete with Wolverine's Individual Comfort System Technology. The Pulsar is due to hit the shelves with Wolverine's Spring/Summer line, but the Paddle Junkie was able to score us a sneak preview. I was more than excited to give these a try.
My next test for the Pulsars was to see how they'd do on a whole day working outside. For this, I thought I'd see how the other ICS settings worked. I read that the "Firm" setting helps to return energy during your step, thus combating fatigue. I knew I had a long day ahead working on my deck, so I set the ICS disc to "Firm." While I was working it was nice to have the sturdiness of a hiking shoe for support, and 12 hours later, my feet still felt great.
If I had to have one complaint about the Pulsars, it is that the waterproof-ness is not always consistent. They are great for splashing through puddles, but if you choose to walk through really wet grass, moisture can start to leak through. GORE-TEX® recommends against the use of waterproofing waxes or greases because they may affect breathability, but perhaps there is some sort of spray that may help this issue.
However, that said, the Pulsars have become my all-around go-to for hikes, to walk the dog, and to grab a beer if the weather looks like it may turn to crap. With the winter months just around the corner, I look forward to surmounting whatever freezing muddy slush Mother Nature may send our way, confident that the Pulsars will not let me down.