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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Any recommendations for hiking shoes for these conditions?

littleuch
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Feb 28th, 2018 02:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Paired with cargo shorts, light trail walking on pine needles, oak leaves and sand. 3-5 mile hikes. My day to day sketchers are a wee bit slippery on the pine needles.

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Feb 28th, 2018 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh keep rubbing it in! Snowshoes are about right for here right now!

Meindl make some great superlight leather walking shoes. No need for Goretex or anything with decent thin leather.

My favourites have been worn for nine years, all over the world and often without backup. The soles are super long wearing, yet ever so grippy and there is just enough cushioning and rubber to make them really comfy. Only after all these years of almost constant use are they beginning to get a little too flat, so have been relegated to sports driving and around the house.

Meindl walking shoes, nine years old and never loved!

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Feb 28th, 2018 03:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

I wear Merrills. Good quality, rugged.

I have one pair of hikers and two pairs of casual.

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Feb 28th, 2018 03:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah that sounds like something Merrell would cover. And they are mid-priced as well, not too expensive but also not cheap. Not that you mentioned cost as a parameter you were considering.

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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Feb 28th, 2018 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am a big fan of Merrill Moab boots. I get mine in the waterproof version.

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Feb 28th, 2018 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

You’re not wearing sandals and knee-high black support socks down there yet?

HeavyDuty
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Feb 28th, 2018 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Merrell Moabs here, too.

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Feb 28th, 2018 04:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’d add that the Moab comes in boot height and shoe height, if either is your preference. I dot do a ton of hiking now but as a kid in the Scouts, I always preferred low cut hiking shoes, which do offer less ankle support but as we were mostly on very smooth trails, it wasn’t an issue.

When I did my Philmont trek, however, I got regular boots, at the time they were the most expensive shoes I’d owned but well worth it. I think they were Vasque.

littleuch
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Feb 28th, 2018 06:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, something light and low profile. Don't want to do the Dewey Crowe look nor the sandal/knee high socks thing. I have in fact named my Wi-Fi network kneehighsocks. My neighbors don't get the jest.

I'll look into the Merrills.

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Feb 28th, 2018 06:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've told my wife that, if I ever start wearing sandals and knee-highs, just shoot me.

So I got that goin' for me.

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Feb 28th, 2018 06:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have both height Moabs, I vary depending on what I’m doing.

Vasque Hiker IIs... now that brings back memories of the 70s!

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Feb 28th, 2018 08:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Merrill, Vasque, and Keen all make good stuff. I have all three and they are well made.

The fit is pretty specific to each brand: Vasque tends to make a narrower shoe, and Keens are super roomy in the toe box. Both brands have a fairly stiff construction. Merrils are softer, so they easily stretch to fit any foot.

Merrills generally are built more like a jogger, with softer sides and better ventilation. This construction places the Nylon mesh closer to the welt (sole edge), and they don’t stand up as well to heavy hiking over rocky terrain. The Vasques and Keens have heavy rubber guards that prevent this. I’ve worn out several pairs of Merrills because they are the most comfy for daily wear.

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Feb 28th, 2018 08:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I usually wear regular Nike or Asics trainers for mellow dirt trails and Timberland water proof boots for rocky and/or aggressive trails with lots of elevation changes.

I tried water proof Merrill Moabs from Amazon but they were too uncomfortable for mellow trails (I think they run small) and didn't have enough support for aggressive trails.

littleuch
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Mar 1st, 2018 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm going to give these a try.

Amazon

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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Mar 1st, 2018 10:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

If they fit, those would be a good choice for what you want.

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Mar 1st, 2018 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Moab looks like what you need. Amy mesh trail running shoe would likely suffice.

I wear ASICS Gel Venture around here for running and work. It's a mesh trail-running shoe similar to the Moab. Usually go through a pair every 9 months or so. Can be found on amazon for $40 so a little cheaper than the Moab.

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Mar 1st, 2018 10:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

And I can personally attest that these are excellent socks.

cuz I own 'em

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