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hiking in AT boots

Postby plark42 » Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:59 pm

hey you 14er skiers out there-

do you hike in your alpine touring boots or do you carry them on your pack?
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Re: hiking in AT boots

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:03 pm

Depends on how long I would be hiking without skis/skins on. Usually, if I have to walk over 2 miles on dirt I'll pack the boots and put them on when I get to snow. It really depends on conditions.
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Re: hiking in AT boots

Postby plark42 » Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:06 pm

what's that old adage? 1 pound on your pack is like 5 on your feet? or something like that??
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Re: hiking in AT boots

Postby thebeave7 » Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:29 pm

It's the other way around, 1lb on the feet equals 5lbs in the pack(though I think the #s are different).

Anyways, I'm in the same boat as Bill, though I'll usually just hike in the AT boots if it's gonna be an hour or less on dirt. Obviously sometimes you don't know, so I've ended up hiking longer in the boots, but I try not to. Partly because they are stiff and not as comfortable as lighter shoes, also because I don't like to tear up the soles of the expensive boots on the rocks, I'd rather beat up a $60 pair of trail runners.

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Re: hiking in AT boots

Postby ajkagy » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:05 am

usually hike in the AT boots if i know i'm going to be spending limited time on dirt/rock. Rocky trails are the worst since the AT boots don't flex as much as regular hiking shoes.
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Re: hiking in AT boots

Postby skiwall » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:56 am

I think it depends on the boots, too. My AT boots are pretty comfy, so I hike in them more often than not (unless it's a really long way), but I have a friend whose boots don't fit as well, and he would rather hike in different boots and carry the ski boots.
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Re: hiking in AT boots

Postby bckcntryskr » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:34 am

Agreed it depends. On longer "dry" approaches, I prefer the weight on my pack. This usually occurs later in Spring, when it's not possible to skin most of the way. I have beat up my AT boots pretty badly on rocky scrambles. The toe piece being one area of concern, slice cuts and chunks missing. Good hiking boots are ~$200. and made for that kind of punishment. Good AT boots are ~$600. and not really made for rocky hiking.
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Re: hiking in AT boots

Postby RoanMtnMan » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:37 am

skiwall wrote:I think it depends on the boots, too. My AT boots are pretty comfy, so I hike in them more often than not (unless it's a really long way), but I have a friend whose boots don't fit as well, and he would rather hike in different boots and carry the ski boots.


Agreed. I've worn mine so much that they fit about like a plastic mountaineering boot. Not as comfortable and convenient as trail shoes but not bad either. Heck last Nov we set out to ski Redcloud, Sunshine, and Handies but there wasn't enough snow when we arrived. I elected to climb all three in my AT boots anyway, instead of hiking boots. Warmer and more waterproof. The skis never left the truck.
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