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Re: Backpacking Shoes Needed

Postby maverick » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:27 pm

Maiathebee wrote:
Did you try the Salomon Quest 4D GTX?


Don't wear mid or full boots, Salomons usually are to wide for my narrow
feet, especially the ankles.
Tried Keens and Vasques today, Keens to wide, Vasques toe box to narrow. :\
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Re: Backpacking Shoes Needed

Postby Jim F » Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:21 pm

Like Richard, I have been a fan of the Inov8 Roclite 295 for several years, despite some questionable changes in the construction as the shoe "evolved." This week I purchased my 6th and 7th pair. Last week my fifth pair continued to serve me well hiking the JMT in Lyell Canyon, going cross country to the glacier, crossing the glacier, and then ascending some rock to the summit of Mt Lyell (June30).

After some use, my small toes tend to protrude through the side of these shoes. However, other than cosmetically, this does not present much of a problem for continued use.

They dry so quickly in typical Sierra weather, that I do not hesitate to wear in water while crossing streams.

I know my size in this shoe, so the purchase this week was at Amazon with a 35% discount.

Good luck in the search for a shoe that works for you.

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Re: Backpacking Shoes Needed

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:47 am

Thanks Jim F.
The problem with purchasing shoes on-line is that walking around the house in them
tells me nothing about the way they will preform on talus, scree, creek crossings, mixed
wet terrain, or miles of talus with a pack.
REI at least will allow them to be returned, but again they have such a limited selection
of shoes.
Have tried several shoes over the decade by on-line purchasing, none worked, even
though they were highly touted in one or even two of the major outdoor magazines
(Backpacker and Outside). :\
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Re: Backpacking Shoes Needed

Postby FeetFirst » Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:26 pm

Have you checked out the Saucony Xodus 4.0s? My local REI has the GTX (Gore-tex) version, which I tried on recently, and they felt a tad more substantial than something like the Brooks Cascadia 9s. I actually ended up with the Cascadias, but if those are too minimal then I'm going to try the Xodus next. They have a really nice grippy Vibram outsole and of course, plastic rock guard plates.

REI link: http://www.rei.com/product/856684/sauco ... shoes-mens

Saucony link: http://www.saucony.com/en/xodus-4.0/12032M.html
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Re: Backpacking Shoes Needed

Postby Jim F » Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:36 pm

Maverick,

I only purchase a shoe on-line if it has previously passed a performance test: I have actually used the shoe in real conditions and it performs and fits adequately (hence, I know the correct size to order).

I have had the same experience as you when initially buying them in person after a short test wearing them about the store. Frequently, despite the advertising blitz and the initial satisfaction with them walking on the level rug at the sports store, the shoe subsequently bombs in the real world. The marriage then quickly ends in divorce, perhaps costing me $100. But, then some of my friends wish their divorces were that cheap! Since our feet are our transportation in the Sierras, squandering a reasonable amount of money searching for a decent shoe probably is not the end of the world.

In pursuit of the perfect shoe,

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Re: Backpacking Shoes Needed

Postby maiathebee » Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:22 pm

maverick wrote:Don't wear mid or full boots, Salomons usually are to wide for my narrow
feet, especially the ankles.
Thanks.


Whoops, I missed that in your original post. Well... I guess all I can offer then is wishes of good luck in your hunt.
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Re: Backpacking Shoes Needed

Postby larry1 » Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:42 pm

You have tried Cascadias, try Brooks Beast, a stability running shoe designed for over pronators that are great (for me) on trails and some off trail with a 25 lb pack. Any heavier pack and rougher terrain I go with boots. Don't rule out lightweight boots. Also, get hold of some of the more knowledgeable manufacturer reps of hiking shoes that can fit you correctly. Track down a local podiatrist that hikes.
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Re: Backpacking Shoes Needed

Postby oldhikerQ » Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:48 am

Have you tried any on the 5.10 approach shoes? I use the Camp Fours for day-hiking and have found them quite stable and comfy with Superfeet insoles.
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Backpacking Shoes Needed

Postby AlmostThere » Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:05 am

Approach shoes for hiking? They'll wear out in no time. Those soles are not meant to be durable and the last doesn't give much rigidity - my pair rides in the pack until they are needed. It would kill my feet to hike in them.
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Re: Backpacking Shoes Needed

Postby maverick » Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:05 pm

My La Sportiva Ultra Raptors performed quite well for the HST Meet-up, sticky
enough to boulder, enough cushioning to prevent foot fatigue, but not so much
that you do not feel the terrain. Plenty of toe protection, and the toe box is
pretty spacious to prevent toe jamming on steep descents.
My only grip, which for these type of shoes on this type of terrain is normal, is
durability is only okay, soles looked worn, and the are below the toes got punctured
leaving a hole in the shoe. :\
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Backpacking Shoes Needed

Postby Hobbes » Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:49 pm

Weren't those La Sportivas new? Has anyone mentioned the Altra Lone Peak? It seems to be another popular PCT choice along with Cascadias & Ventilators. What about Oboz?

I feel fortunate to have locked in my shoes (NB MT1010v2), even though they need liberal amounts of shoe goo to glue them back together after every hike. Remember those dangling bits? LOL

My wife is going through the same search - she's realized she prefers a zero to 3-4mm drop max shoe. According to her FitBit, we walked 30+ miles in SF over two days this weekend - including one trip across the peninsula from the Ferry bldg to Seal rock. She wore these:

http://www.brooksrunning.com/en_us/broo ... 10163.html

And is checking out the Altra's for our rapidly approaching annual 395 car camp expedition.

OTOH, I wore my Jesus 2.0 sandals:

http://www.lunasandals.com/

I'm going to take them up Lyell canyon in a few weeks (along with my NBs) to see how they work on rougher terrain.
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Re: Backpacking Shoes Needed

Postby maverick » Mon Aug 04, 2014 2:05 pm

Yeap , they were pretty new Hobbes. :\
None of these trail running shoes can really stand up to the abuse of cross-country
backpacking for long. Sierra granite just wears them down like sandpaper, the soles
look okay still, but I am a little disappointed in the uppers of the shoe.
Overall they preformed well, and I will continue to backpack in them with the
understanding that they will only last a season, maybe.
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