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Re: Footwear: What do you wear?

Postby SandStorm » Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:52 pm

Thanks everyone for contributing. I have learned a lot. Keep it coming. In the backcountry of the High Sierra, and around the world, the rate of death is proportional to the rate of preparedness.



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Re: Footwear: What do you wear?

Postby Vaca Russ » Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:16 pm

La Sportiva Glacier:

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A big beefy boot for a guy who carries a heavy pack off trail. They fit like a glove. :nod:

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Re: Footwear: What do you wear?

Postby OzSwaggie » Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:17 am

Zamberlan Cristallos. (I'm female.) Leather above-ankle boots. I love them! I have roley ankles. Some people start in heavy boots then lighten up. I went the other way. I carry about 35lbs with them. LIghter loads I like Oboz trail shoes. Day hikes I like my Helly Hansen Trail Lizards (trail runners). I have trouble getting shoes wide enough - these mentioned all work. Have fun! Don't we love our shoes, when they get put down thousands of times a day, with our weight and pack weight on them.
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Re: Footwear: What do you wear?

Postby fishmonger » Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:32 am

Vaca Russ wrote:La Sportiva Glacier:

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A big beefy boot for a guy who carries a heavy pack off trail. They fit like a glove. :nod:


not just for guys with heavy packs - my daughter loved these in 2009 - only boot we could find in her size up for the distance and turned out to be fantastic.

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Re: Footwear: What do you wear?

Postby GreenhornBackpacker » Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:27 pm

I wore Merrell trail runners on my first backpacking trip last week. They were great but what were really great were the Smartfeet insoles. I have had a Morton's neuroma for ten years. I'd have shooting burning pain after walking any distance, even after I stopped walking and was driving home. The pain was terrible.

I wore the Smartfeet insoles for the first time on the trails in Yosemite and it was like a miracle!! :heart: 26 miles of pain-free feet carrying a 25 pound pack over rocks and cobblestones. I highly recommend them.
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Re: Footwear: What do you wear?

Postby Vaca Russ » Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:19 am

not just for guys with heavy packs - my daughter loved these in 2009 - only boot we could find in her size up for the distance and turned out to be fantastic.

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Fishmonger, this is my favorite picture on HST. The determination in her eyes says it all. It is particularly impressive when you know the route she was hiking!

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Re: Footwear: What do you wear?

Postby no2haven » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:11 am

+1 on good insoles. I used to get heel blisters in my Asolos (very comfortable with some preemptive mole skin) but on a whim tried using my skiboot superfeet insoles...no rubbing or chafing at all. Definitely makes a difference.

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Footwear: What do you wear?

Postby hanktheskier » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:07 pm

Just finished the JMT in Soloman trail runners. I don't think I will ever go back to boots. 200 miles with no blisters!
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Re: Footwear: What do you wear?

Postby KathyW » Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:03 pm

These days:

Lowa Mountain Experts (In snow when it is cold out)
Kayland MXT ( In snow)
Five Ten Guide Tennies (when there is some scrambling on the trip)
Five Ten Insights (when there is some scrambling on the trip - I haven't been wearing these much lately)
Brooks Cascadia (When I stay on the trail and there isn't any snow)
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Re: Footwear: What do you wear?

Postby SSSdave » Tue Aug 13, 2013 3:53 pm

Bought Vasque Bitterroots spring 2012. Heavy beasts that can brutalize terrain. Here coming down steep granite talus below the north side of Silver Fox Pass August 2012 carrying about 65 pounds:

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Re: Footwear: What do you wear?

Postby fishmonger » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:19 pm

just scored my 4th pair of La Sportiva Trango GTX on ebay - my size, worn one trip in the Tetons but the owner didn't like the narrow fit: $74.50 my cost shipped :thumbsup:

Love these boots, but they don't last very long - the cushion layer in the forefoot area compresses after about 500 miles more and more and comfort is way down - they continue to work fine but for high mile per day trips I like to use fresh boots to keep those feet happy even after 15 miles of downhill.

I'd never buy them again if I had to pay retail for these things, but ebay and some patience makes my boot preference less painful.

Can't really ditch those old Trangos - they look too good on the shelf all red and worn out with memories in every gash, but fully usable for a day or weekend trip, and with some teeth grinding, they all will do a few more Muir Trails before the soles get too thin.
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Re: Footwear: What do you wear?

Postby duxallupons » Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:57 pm

GreenhornBackpacker wrote:I wore Merrell trail runners on my first backpacking trip last week. They were great but what were really great were the Smartfeet insoles. I have had a Morton's neuroma for ten years. I'd have shooting burning pain after walking any distance, even after I stopped walking and was driving home. The pain was terrible.

I wore the Smartfeet insoles for the first time on the trails in Yosemite and it was like a miracle!! :heart: 26 miles of pain-free feet carrying a 25 pound pack over rocks and cobblestones. I highly recommend them.


pretty sure you mean Superfeet insoles. It's the wool that is smart :wink:

I've been using various nylon non-waterproof (on-sale) trailrunners with Superfeet with great success in the High Country for 3 season backpacking for over a decade now. Light, comfortable and tough enough for most anything, no matter how far I go my feet remain happy. If they get wet from a stream crossing, they dry out quickly in the altitude. The hard plastic heal shank in the insoles really help smooth out the granite edges and do a great job of beefing up the support.

I used to really like Montrail (The Vitesse), but then they were bought out by Columbia and quality went out the window. The same model that used to last me whole summers of pounding the trails would start unraveling after 2-3 trips. I'm currently alternating between the Brooks Cascadia and some New Balance trailrunner model and they're both fine.
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