hiking shoe lifespan

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Re: hiking shoe lifespan

Post by Cycleboy » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:23 pm

I’ve been using Merrel Moab mid tops for 8-10 years. In that time I’ve had two pair. The first ones are semi-retired but still work. I use Superfeet insoles in them. Mine are Vibram soles and last well for $100 retail price. I didn’t know they’d changed the sole more recently.

Our mileage has ramped up over the years to 150+ a year, mostly weekend day hikes.

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Re: hiking shoe lifespan

Post by oldranger » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:39 am

Daisy wrote:

"My problem with shoes is that the stitching blows out due to lots of off-trail in talus and sharp rocks."

I deal with that problem by coating seams with shoe goo. Doesn't look particularly stylish but it works and at my age I'm not out to impress anyone!

Who can't do everything he used to and what he can do takes a hell of a lot longer!

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Re: hiking shoe lifespan

Post by bobby49 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:10 pm

After reading this, I checked the condition of my two-year-old Vasque boots. The light stitching just behind the toe area was already compromised. To improve that, I put a few new stitches in with some super strong thread. Then I covered the entire seam with epoxy. That ought to hold it.

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