Hiking Shoes

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  1. mike

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  2. Motoplaner

    Motoplaner PNW Heel Rounder

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    Those offer virtually no chupacabra protection. Fail.
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  3. anotherguy

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    How much weight will you be carrying?
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    not alot, maybe 20 lbs at most.
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    Sierra Trading Post is your friend!

    As has been asked, a lot about what would make an appropriate hiking shoe/boot is how much weight are you carrying - yourself, plus daypack or multi-day backpack; what are the trails you're planning to walk - nicely groomed, with pine-needle cushioning spread out before you, or tough, rocky, muddy, slogs that test boots and ankles; and what your own physiology is like - are you known to have ankle or arch problems, etc.

    Enjoy!

    WA.
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  7. Cigar

    Cigar Been here awhile

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    it is all about the fit for me.
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  8. bretedge

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    Best hiking shoes I've worn in 20+ years are made by Oboz. I've got the Sawtooth mid and lows. Lows for dry, hot hikes and the mid's for mountain hiking. They feel broken in right out of the box, they fit like a glove, get great traction and don't fall apart.
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  9. coletrain

    coletrain All aboard!

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    I know you said shoes, but I prefer boots when walking outdoors...keeps me from rolling my ankle and ruining the day. I am still wearing a pair of Vasque Sundowners I got back in '96. 15 years old and only had to replace the laces once. Try their web site, maybe they have some shoes that will hold up as well.
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  10. Infracaninophile

    Infracaninophile Finding My Way..

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    For 20 pounds I'd wear light boots. I prefer Asolo or La Sportiva. I would not choose Merrell's to do much more than work in the yard. But that's me. I am very picky about hiking boots. Mail Order is fine if you are 100% how your feet will fit in the boots. If not, REI or something like that works for me.

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    Montrail Moraine AT. Kinda heavy but 8 years old and untold miles. Unfortunately no longer made.

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    KLboxeR Back in the game again

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    I've had my Moabs for about two years and use them for frequent hiking here in Colorado.They are the most comfortable hiking shoe I've ever owned for my wide feet. They don't seem to trap heat and provide excellent traction on rocks, which is really important around here. The 85.00 price for the non-GoreTex Moabs doesn't hurt either.
    My more expensive hiking boots have been sitting in the closet since I bought these.
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  17. xshanex

    xshanex Been here awhile

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    I have the mid height version of those. Great boot after being tired of wearing shoes hiking. Merrel is a quality product and my boots were truly waterprood after numerous wet hikes
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    EsconDeasy Ectomorph

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    Merrell Chameleons work great for me

    If you are not interested in feeling every pebble your feet go over, they are FAR more robust than any other low top hiking shoe. I'm sure there are boots with an even tougher rand/outsole/insole but these are a great compromise between light weight and foot bed protection.

    Full disclosure, my first pair had a manufacturing defect that cracked the sole right down the middle after I had them a year, but Merrell did honor their guarantee and sent me another pair. I agree with the above assertion that it is best to try on any pair of shoes that you will have to rely on for long miles. Although REI will cost you full retail, their return policy more than makes up for it.
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  20. mike

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    I need wide shoes too, so my choice is limited. I'm glad I inspected my old Coleman boots the other day and discovered the soles were cracking and worn down more that I thought. they are 7 years old so time for new ones.
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