Does anyone still wear boots?

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Re: Does anyone still wear boots?

Postby Steve Gio » Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:21 am

Yeah but I wear boots. Always will. Recently picked up the Oboz Yellowstone II all leather mids. So far so good.
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Re: Does anyone still wear boots?

Postby dr_j » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:36 am

Bump.

Trail runners these days for just about everything, I gave up on the boots nearly 15 years ago after a supposedly 'fitted' pair of boots gave me a set of busted big toenails. I hike pretty light though, generally day-hike, and carry minimal stuff with me. Most of my hiking is in the summer and fall, if I'm out and about in the winter, it's usually in snowboard boots.

The trail runners grip well, dry quickly after going through creeks / swampy sections, and offer a reasonable amount of ankle support compared to some of the other stuff I've hiked in (Vans!).
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Re: Does anyone still wear boots?

Postby jsdratm » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:49 am

I always wear high-top hiking boots since they protect my ankles and are waterproof. They are a bit heavier, but I'm used to it now. It is nice being able to go directly through ankle-deep water without worrying about my feet getting cold in summer or winter.
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Re: Does anyone still wear boots?

Postby ColoradoEd » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:49 pm

I've been wearing full leather Asolo 520's or similar for 15+ years (I think 4 pairs by now). I am sure they have saved my ankles and toes on hundreds of occasions.
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Re: Does anyone still wear boots?

Postby stinkybear » Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:56 pm

I had all but worn out my old pair of Vasque sundowners. They had served me well on many miles and peaks climbed. I just purchased a pair of Zamberlan Vioz. I broke them in yesterday by climbing the northwest route of Pikes Peak. I have always preferred hiking in a full boot, and am very happy with these. They did great in all of the different terrains that a 14ers approch and climb has to offer.
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Re: Does anyone still wear boots?

Postby Wildernessjane » Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:00 am

I picked up a pair of trail running shoes this past spring and tried wearing them in all kinds of conditions. I really wanted to like them. What I have decided is they are great for class 1 and 2 hikes. When it came to boulder hopping or crossing steep scree fields, I found trail runners really slowed me down a lot. I also found they did not have nearly as much traction on rock so I wasn't as confident on more technical terrain. I recently picked up a pair of approach shoes, which have been great for class 3+ terrain. Because of the stiff sole, you can also edge really well with them so they are great on steep scree fields (as long as I wear gaiters). However, when I am expecting to do a lot of boulder hopping or when I am concerned about lots of snow and cold temperatures I will go back to my trusty Asolos.
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Re: Does anyone still wear boots?

Postby djkest » Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:51 am

I (wear out) boots really fast. I am not sure that trail runners would be stout enough to put up with a full day of pounding from me. I'm 240 lbs, so there aren't really any shoes out there made for me. :) That said, I have worn running shoes on some 14ers, class 1 ish. They do OK, but only for shorter hikes. A good boulderfield would ruin my day...
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Re: Does anyone still wear boots?

Postby forbins_mtn » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:00 am

earlier in this thread i said I was going to go ultralight this summer with Brooks Cascadias and a REI pack. After a dozen peaks this summer I'm back to my boots. Trail runners just don't offer the protection and support needed for Class 3+. On El Diente I watched a boulder slowly fall on a friend's foot who wasn't wearing boots. The boulder slippage was not his fault at all, yet he suffered the consequences.

Class 1-2 I'm all about the trail runners. My feet feel fantastic in them, but when rock is involved it's just not worth it.
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Re: Does anyone still wear boots?

Postby peter303 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:13 am

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Re: Does anyone still wear boots?

Postby paully » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:14 am

I wear boots, always. My ankles must not be as elite as those of trail runners... and I'm fine with that.
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Re: Does anyone still wear boots?

Postby wildone » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:50 am

Boots for me (La Sportivas-Baruntse, Nepal, Trango S, Latok, Delta and the lightest I go is the Boulder X mid). No doubt it's a preference and what works for you thing. I think it's great some people can wear trail runners, I personally just can't/don't (I have nothing at all against it, especially if that's what works for you). I also do a lot of solo hikes/climbs, so in that case I carry more and the boots help there too.
I tried the Delta for the first time this summer and they felt supportive yet nimble and not too heavy, I was pleased. I actually have the Wildcats and Xplorers, I just don't wear them hiking/climbing.
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Re: Does anyone still wear boots?

Postby uwe » Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:02 am

Hi,

I flat wore out my Glaciers, as in completely falling apart after 6 years of serious abuse, (Rockies, out west, SA, etc.), and a resole or two. Always did a great job of protecting the feet especially with long trails, heavy backpacks and lots of rocks. Downside: heavy, and certainly not conducive for speed attempts. Of course, I am old and slower, but can blame it on my boots. (Another advantage).

A 2014 experiment: ID a handful of heavy boots folks and light trail approach shoes folks. Take pictures of their feet, their shoes, have them do similar rigorous climbing over the course of a year(?), take pictures at the end. Compare, survey for comparable metrics and see what comes out. Call it the Foot Phew Study.

Which brings me to a question about replacements. Anybody have experience with the Karakorum boots? They are billed as a suitable replacement for the Glacier which is retired to a WF model. Thank for any feedback.

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