How They Fit
The Timberland Mt. Maddsen boots fit true to size with a wide width version being also available. If you’re in between sizes I would recommend going up on your size for the best comfort. If unsure about your Timberland fit you can check out our size chart for this brand here. Because they are made of leather they require some extensive break in, being the type of shoes that get better with time in terms of comfort.
The Timberland Mt. Maddsen is available in several versions that include full grain leather or nubuck suede upper. Both versions feel very sturdy and durable while on top of their inherent waterproof properties they feature the signature TimberDry technology. Taped within the boots, this is a waterproof membrane that is made of 50% recycled plastic and helps protect the feet from moisture. I tested these for my Timberland Mt. Maddsen review in November in Chicago off road on a rainy day and they did a great job in achieving this goal. My feet did not get wet from the wet conditions but it is worth mentioning that they do not provide much breathability so wearing these in the summer will get your feet a bit toasty. They feature a classic lacing system for a hiking boot that provides a good lockdown and a mesh tongue that adds some cushion and lets some air in for some ventilation. Overall on the upper side there isn’t much cushioning aside of the tongue and the ankle area which otherwise lacks a dependable lockdown. So especially in the cold weather a pair of wool socks will surely enhance your comfort in terms of upper cushioning and keeping the moisture away from your feet.
The sole unit of the Timberland Mt. Maddsen is made of an EVA molded midsole and a durable rubber outsole that make these very comfortable. They feature a removable anti fatigue footbed insert that delivers great long hours arch support with excellent stability. The EVA midsole does a great job in absorbing the impact when going off-road with these so you won’t feel any small bumps. The rubber outsole features large lugs that deliver great traction off road. The material is not the grippiest out there for a hiking boot but not bad either. The boots feature a TPU shank that adds some stiffness to them but also improves their stability. Overall I was very happy with the comfort, stability and traction of these boots off road.
Timberland Mt. Maddsen vs White Ledge
While the Timberland White Ledge and the Mt. Maddsen are both esteemed choices among outdoor enthusiasts, their unique characteristics cater to different preferences and needs. The White Ledge exudes a timeless charm with its full-grain waterproof leather upper, embodying a classic aesthetic suitable for diverse occasions. In contrast, the Mt. Maddsen leans towards a more contemporary design, seamlessly blending leather and fabric to create a boot with a lighter overall feel. While both models boast formidable traction and waterproofing capabilities, differentiating factors emerge in their practical applications. The White Ledge, despite lacking Timberdry technology, stands out as a pragmatic choice, often favored as work boots due to their straightforward design. Conversely, the Mt. Maddsen elevates stability with its TPU shank in the midsole, providing enhanced support during outdoor activities. Notably, the White Ledge distinguishes itself with extra padding around the ankle area, delivering superior support and cushioning compared to the Mt. Maddsen. Ultimately, the choice between these two Timberland models hinges on individual style preferences, intended use, and the desired balance between classic and contemporary design elements.
To wrap up our Timberland Mt. Maddsen review, these are a great pair of all around shoes that you can wear at work, casually in the city, hiking or as winter boots. They are a classic leather hiking boot that require some time to break in time but once settled in they are very comfortable and they will last for a long time. They deliver great comfort due to their anti-fatigue technology, making them a great pair to wear for long hours. Given their retail price and the fact that you can often get them on sale they offer an excellent value. If not convinced, the Columbia Newton Ridge II is good alternative to check out.