Hiking with boots versus running shoes

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Hiking with boots versus running shoes

Postby zelph » Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:53 pm

Most of the time I use a good quality running shoe while out on a hike. When I'm bushwhacking I use the running shoe also. Going up and down ravines doing my thing gets me into some situations where ankle flex is necessary. I don't feel there is enough flex using a boot. I also get a better feel for whats under my feet when using a running shoe. That gives me a more secure feeling of stability.

What are your preferences and why?
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Re: Hiking with boots versus running shoes

Postby DarenN » Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:58 pm

i'm a running shoe guy as well, and for pretty much the same reasons already stated. also: i hate heavey shoes.

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Re: Hiking with boots versus running shoes

Postby hoz » Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:41 pm

For day hikes I like mid height hiking boots. Most are made with the new lightweight technology and are sub 2lbs. My current boots are Salomons , but they don't make the model anymore.

I have a pair of Columbia Traverse low cuts for walking around, day wear.

This next spring/summer I need to buy a regular pair of hiking boots for my planned Wind River trip. I'm l looking at the Hi Tec Peak or Hi Tec Altitude, or the Vasque Summit.

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Re: Hiking with boots versus running shoes

Postby russb » Mon Dec 29, 2008 3:28 pm

I have runner, water-shoes, boots and mukluks depending on the season, terrain, and weather conditions.

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Re: Hiking with boots versus running shoes

Postby SSDD » Mon Dec 29, 2008 4:07 pm

I use runners but since I now live in Oregon I need a pair of GTX runners for the rain and snow till then I use my old Danners in the snow.

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Re: Hiking with boots versus running shoes

Postby hoz » Tue Dec 30, 2008 7:18 am

russb wrote:I have runner, water-shoes, boots and mukluks depending on the season, terrain, and weather conditions.



Don't get me started on canoe tripping shoes. (Hint), there's always a better shoe,and I looked for several years before giving up.

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Re: Hiking with boots versus running shoes

Postby russb » Tue Dec 30, 2008 7:41 am

I hear ya hoz. As a kid my canoe shoes were always my old pair of sneakers... back when we wore canvas sneakers.

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Re: Hiking with boots versus running shoes

Postby hoz » Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:05 am

Preface: I am a "wet footer". Meaning I do not try to keep my feet dry while canoing.

I've used at different times:

1. Sneakers Converse Chuck Taylors.
2. Heavy boots, (not good).
3. Vietnam Jungle boots (good for tripping, fast dry, but hard "Panama" soles slip on wet rock.
4. Running/trail shoes combined with Tingleys, hitop rubber overboots for cold wet weather.
5. Neos boots. Good for wet cold conditions but #4 above is cheaper combo.
6. Neoprene/mesh water shoe. Too light for tripping, OK on day trips.
7. Sandals, OK for day trips only.
8. Chota Mukluks, expensive, got mine on sale. Good for wet cold conditions. Added an insole, no support.
9. Fly fishing boots. Felt sole, good traction, quick dry, quick wear out.
10. Teva "Ricochet" combo water, hiking trail runner. Fast drain, quick dry, good support.
Expensive, but worth it.

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Re: Hiking with boots versus running shoes

Postby DarenN » Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:22 pm

hoz wrote:Preface: I am a "wet footer". Meaning I do not try to keep my feet dry while canoing.
8. Chota Mukluks, expensive, got mine on sale. Good for wet cold conditions. Added an insole, no support.


in fresh water i too am a wet-foot.
in salt water it's a different storey. i'm on my second set of Chota Mukluks in the last ten years or so. i've walked several miles at a time in them, walking my 'yak on and off the ferries. also walked trails on the islands a lot. i don't find the lack of support to be a problem. (my favorite type of footwear is native indian moccassins).

i should mention 'why the difference in salt water' for those that are unfamiliar.
it's well known that some folks have more stinky feet than others after a day of being tied up in a pair of shoes or boots. even those (like myself) who don't suffer from this get the worst smelling footware you could possibly imagine if said footwear is wet from saltwater. no-one seems to know why this is, and we have yet to figure out a cure.

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Re: Hiking with boots versus running shoes

Postby Mags » Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:29 pm

The only time I wear boots is for trail work now-a-days.

Like the lightness and quick drying properties of trail runners/sneakers.
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