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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:00 am 
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Took my kids for a hike in the Hoosier National Forest and they really enjoyed it. Not so great for me as I was using my "trail-rated" Brooks sneakers.

What are your preferred hiking wear? I'd prefer something light, breathable, with decent ankle support.

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http://www.merrell.com/US/en/home?CID=M ... ll-e-Brand

This company has never let me down. Have been using the same pair of winter boots for 5 years now. Every spring I purchase a set of moab's for hiking/rucking/trail running.

Plenty of other good stuff out there, but I have most of my experience with these guys.

http://www.salomon.com/us/men/hiking-shoes

A lot of people like these guys as well. I'll be purchasing a set of their offroad running shoes this spring for a couple tough mudders and hopefully a battlefrog if they get their events back on schedule.

Both are pricey, but like most everything else, you get what you pay for.


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I've been making the switch from boots to shoes. So far La Sportiva has been the best performing for me, since some models are made for mountain running they have more traction, grip and support then many running shoes.

Historically I've had the best luck with fabric/leather hybrid boots, all leather boots and my feet haven't gotten along well. Salomon Quests where my standby for many years.

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Another vote of support for Merrell here. Love them. I use the mid rise ones.

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Another good brand is Vasque. I have a pair of the Vasque 7466 (now discontinued)
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The closest equivalent in their current line appears to be the Breeze GTX. Dumb name, but I assume it's at least as good as my old 7466s.
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I'm really sold on the idea of a midweight boot with a molded outsole, cushioned midsole and Goretex liner. They're just more comfortable and for me at least, more maneuverable in difficult terrain than a traditional stitched sole boot. I've had my share of blisters over the years, but never wearing this style boot from a reputable manufacturer. YMMV.

http://www.vasque.com/USD/mens-footwear/hiking

ETA: Asolo is another good brand. They make a boot with similar construction as the above, but with a full leather upper. Those are kinda pricey however.

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I'm a big fan of Keens.

My everyday shoes are a pair of Keen Targhees. I also have a pair of Oregons that I wear for more serious stuff. I've literally stood in a creek with them on and my feet stayed dry.

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Beowolf wrote:
Another vote of support for Merrell here. Love them. I use the mid rise ones.


Any experience with the Moabs? I wear a size 14 so that kind of limits my options on style.

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No direct experience with this particular boot but I agree Merrill is a good brand, this is available in size 14 and $50 seems like a heck of a deal for a midweight boot with a Goretex liner.

https://www.amazon.com/Merrell-Parkton-Trekker-Waterproof/dp/B01H6CQRSS/ref=sr_1_1?tag=slickdeals&ascsubtag=36c514749c5611e689eab26822e66b6d0INT&ie=UTF8&qid=1477527104&sr=8-1&keywords=Merrell%2BParkton%2BTrekker&th=1&psc=1tp

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Doh, no longer shows avail in size 14. Grr.

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DanielHumphreys wrote:
Doh, no longer shows avail in size 14. Grr.

Bummer, I thought maybe I had scored you a killer deal. Bop on over to slickdeals.net, create an account and set up deal alerts for say, 'hiking boots', 'Merrill' and whatever other brand strikes your fancy. Another bargain will come along soon enough.

FYI: just as important as good boots are good socks. It pays to get a quality set of wool/wool-blend socks like Smart Wool or Thorlo, and wear them over a thin silk or synthetic liner sock (not cotton). Let fabric rub against fabric, not against your skin. (note: this usually requires you go up a half size over your normal shoe size.)

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Vasque Breeze GTX boots are great. Just a few weeks ago I completed a one day 16 mile hike in the Sierras and had zero issues with my feet.

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The best ventilated hiker I've worn is Merrel's Moab Ventilator. Phenomenal shoe. I've bought 5 pairs in the last 5years. Great for everyday casual wear too.

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JackBauer wrote:
The best ventilated hiker I've worn is Merrel's Moab Ventilator. Phenomenal shoe. I've bought 5 pairs in the last 5years. Great for everyday casual wear too.


Are those the same as these?

https://www.rei.com/product/748515/merr ... shoes-mens

Doesn't look like they come in 14. Stupid feet.

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With one exception, I think I have found my grail boots. They are comfortable, they are aging at an acceptable rate, they have great traction and they look cool. However before I share the link, I have to explain their flaw....

They are a delightful mix of Magpul Flat Dark Earth and USMC Coyote brown. You might think this makes you gray man but I assure you that wearing these babies just makes you a tier one tact-i-geek. In my defense, I thought they looked darker in the pictures.

Here is a link for them: http://www.militarybootsdirect.com/tact ... unner.html

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DanielHumphreys wrote:
JackBauer wrote:
The best ventilated hiker I've worn is Merrel's Moab Ventilator. Phenomenal shoe. I've bought 5 pairs in the last 5years. Great for everyday casual wear too.


Are those the same as these?

https://www.rei.com/product/748515/merr ... shoes-mens

Doesn't look like they come in 14. Stupid feet.


That's them alright, at the sale price of $80 it's great plus you make REi dividends..win-win.

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These are lightweight Vasques. I purchased them in Pohang in the fall of 1992 for $9 cash money. I did the Old Rag loop last Saturday wearing them. No problems. Seems there might be a small markup in the US retail outlets though...
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Merrell makes good footwear for everyday use. I purchased these in the summer of 2005 for app. $90 and they survived a fairly long walkabout recently. Note that a lot of the seams and places where rubber joined leather came unattached after repeated wet-dry-wet-dry cycles. Still, a good purchase for 11 years of hard usage, and the shiny parts (recently applied heavy duty shoe-goo) will allow me to use them for another hunting season. The dark stains are fox piss. I find that it makes me more interesting no matter where I go.

Edited to add info about Old Rag: http://www.hikingupward.com/snp/oldrag/

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Hi!
Want to buy footwear for my 3-year-old son. CAn someone suggest an online store for buying it?
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Want to buy footwear for my 3-year-old son. CAn someone suggest an online store for buying it?
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www.Kmart.com

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