Forclaz 500 Ventiv by Quechua is one of the best BUY in my entire life considering the money spent and performance delivered by them in return in my travel journey. I bought this pair of shoes 3 years back and since then I wanted to write a review for all of you to share my pleasure while using them in all my travels but always failed… I have battered them for the last three years ranging from snow treks to Tungnath, Parashar Lake, many tours having some hikes in Spiti, Ladakh, Zanskar, Himachal and what not !! Even at office in cold winters days in Delhi… They have just not died performing and even now they are still going on…
The shoes are quite light weight being ankle support and considering the price paid, well I cannot say more about it being such VFM. They are said to be breathable helping remove the bad odour from the shoes to quite an extent and keep the shoes warm. The only thing that has happened to them over last three years is that their sole has smoothness off which has made them a bit slippery now but still the grip is good enough to be used for almost a year more I feel… Another important point is that if you tie the laces in the second last latch, for me that balance out much more and works well even while driving my car. When I tie them in the topmost latch, they somehow feel a bit cramped for me. Finally, the upper membrane is quite soft so in case of you ripping down some stone, it may make a cut into it. However, for me nothing has happened even after 3-4 falls including one from the bike too 😀 😀
Waterproof and Warmth
Being waterproof, these shoes are amazing when while dodging small water crossings, going over snow treks, small river crossings, taking pictures standing in lakes, etc.. 😀 … Of course, if the water enters from mouth nothing can be waterproof so not meant of deep water crossings, you may need Gaiters above them. More importantly, these shoes are not just waterproof but also gives enough warmth from sole as well as through membrane too while on snow treks, hikes and even icy cold temperatures (ranging up to -8 degree Celsius) of Leh – Ladakh or Zanskar or Spiti Valley !! Just with one warm pair socks, I have used them comfortably everywhere without feeling much cold at all.
Please keep in mind that the waterproof nature is just to certain extent and over period. There comes a waterproofing or waxing polish that brings back the waterproof nature of these shoes back again. Also, these are not water proof for deep water crossings and you will need gaiters to help yourself there.
Just watch the video to get an idea of its waterproofing even after 3 years of use… I have kept under a tap water and have put a news paper to see any moisture reaching it. The results are still awesome with dry paper coming out 😀
Here are some more pictures of my battered shoes…
The shoes prices have gone high considerably over last couple of years from Rs 2800 what I bought to MRP now being Rs 4500 !! In fact, in the last year itself it has gone as high as by Rs 800 I guess. However, there is this awesome SALE at Flipkart that is going on at present and you can use the link below to buy them to get almost 37% of discount on them, i.e. at Rs 2834 is what they are being sold off at Flipkart as of now. You can see this price when you actually add it to cart. Actually, this SALE is what has forced me to write a review for you all so that if you looking out to buy a lovely pair of trekking/hiking or traveling shoe, you do not miss this opportunity… I have seen my friends over last year paying Rs 4000 for the same 😀
Trust me, we have the membership of Decathlon too, but even we are not getting this amazing price being member with them, such awesome is the deal here 😀 … You can use the link below to buy them from Flipkart:
If anyone of you is interested to use membership in case this awesome sale is over, feel free to email me and I will do my best to help you in that regard too.
Well, for me this is the BEST VALUE FOR MONEY product I have ever bought in my life, I will say… The return of investment from this pair of shoes is incredible and I will say for any one into Traveling or hiking/trekking or motorcycling this one is GREAT VFM shoes to buy. In the end, again here is the link of this Flipkart sale from where you can buy them or in case you want to use membership, feel free to mail me.
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