Hiker 9220 Horween Black CXL
Viberg's 9220 last fits similarly to their 2030 Service Boots, both are on a single E width so we suggest sizing down one full size from your standard sneaker size or brannock size. This last does allow room for hiking socks, consider another half size down if you prefer thinner socks.
Model 66, The Hiker was added to Viberg's collection in the early 1970s as a mountaineering-inspired version of their iconic Model 105 logging boot. The goal was to apply the functional utility of industrial products to a boot suitable for alpine trekking.
Viberg's newest makeup of their continually popular hiking boot, carried exclusively by Brooklyn Clothing for North America, is built with Horween's famous Black Chromexcel. We have been using Black CXL for years in collaboration with Viberg for our core unstructured toe models, as it is simply one of the best casual leathers available. This is due to the absurdly simple upkeep of Chromexcel, as well as the incredible wear potential. This Hiker is built on a Commando sole, with 360° Goodyear Welt construction and a Storm Welt.
Chromexcel is a combination tanned leather that goes through a lengthy tanning process at Horween's facility in Chicago, where it spends a month traveling from floor to floor, becoming heavily impregnated wiith grease and wax in the process. The end product is a soft, supple, and flexible hide which is packed full of oils, which gives Chromexcel the excellent pullup that it is known for - when the leather is flexed or bent, the oils are displaced and beautiful tonal highs and lows become visible. CXL only gets better with age, and taking care of the leather is as simple as it gets. Frequent brushing will blend scuffs and bring wicked patina, while the inherent oils in the hide keep it from drying out quickly.
- Leather: Black CXL
- Full Lining: Black Kip Lining
Tongue: Self Smooth
Eyelet: Gun Metal
Box Toe: Leather Toe Puff
Production: 360 Black Storm Welt
Sole Stitch: Black sole stitch
- Sole: GY Commando
- Small batch, limited run production made at Viberg's factory in Victoria, BC