The Wolverine Sentinel Boot Review

The Wolverine Sentinel is a full leather boot that is made in the USA. The Sentinel is durable, highly water resistant, comfortable and has a surprisingly sticky sole.  I beat it up during the testing period and it looks no worse for wear. From mountain rescue operations while carrying a full pack, to rock climbing adventures in the High Sierra, this mid to light hiker performed well above my expectations.

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  • When confronted with a creek crossing, I tend to plunge straight on through. I prefer this to balancing on small rocks and risking a twisted ankle (plus, it’s much more fun to go in). No matter how many creeks I crossed or how long I stood ankle deep in the water, my feet stayed dry. There is no doubt about it: the Sentinel is waterproof
  • The boot is extremely comfortable. With zero break-in time, my foot never developed a hot spot. The support and structure offered by the boot are on par with a mid to light hiker level boot
  • As someone with wide feet, I appreciate a company that offers widths in their footwear line. The comfort afforded by this feature is much appreciated after having crammed my feet into “normal” boots for so many years
  • I was quite surprised by the grippy soles; my feet hardly ever slipped. I felt as if I was wearing a pair of approach shoes instead of hiking boots
  • The boots are great looking (and smelling! The aroma that wafted from the shoe box as I opened it for the first time was of high quality leather)

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  • It was hard for me to get the boot off and on, even with the laces fully extended. If there was a bigger heel pull tab, this would remedy the problem
  • At $302, the boot is fairly expensive. However, you pay for what you get – a high quality, full leather, “Made in the USA” hiking boot


Is it too much money? The Sentinel by Wolverine is a comfortable, supportive and high-quality boot. Also, before buying do note that Wolverine shoes tend to run about a size too big. Consistently, all of our testers have had to drop down a full size from their normal size to achieve a comfortable fit. If you are in the market for a new pair of mid to light hikers these are a great pair to consider.


Manufacturer: Wolverine

Date available: Currently Available

Manufacturer’s Website: Wolverine Sentinel

MSRP: $302

Actual Weight: (size 8.0)

Materials: Waterproof BackBay leather upper, Vibram Bifida rubber soles

Warranty info: “We produce the world’s most comfortable boots and shoes. Guaranteed. Try a pair of Wolverine boots for 30 days. If you are not completely satisfied that they are the most comfortable boots or shoes you’ve ever worn, return them for a full refund… We are unable to perform repairs and can only replace for current styles. Items with excessive wear and tear, material breakdown from extended time and/or use, or improper care will not be considered for a warranty.”




About the author

Isaac Tait is the Gear Manager for Seattle Backpackers Magazine. He has been a rock climber and backpacker for over two decades and a skier for three years. He also spent nearly ten years in the Marine Corps Infantry with two tours overseas. He is a member of the American Alpine Club (AAC), Mountain Rescue Association (MRA), American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA), Access Fund, and is nationally certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). In the course of his adventures he has discovered a love for outdoor leadership and education and is pursuing his certification as a mountain guide. In his spare time he can be found exploring the wild-lands surrounding his new home in the greater Washington DC area.

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