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Trail runners vs. hiking shoes

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Offline vickaiser

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Trail runners vs. hiking shoes
« on: October 01, 2018, 12:54:02 PM »
New to the group.  I'm planning a backpacking trip in January and was just wondering everyone's thoughts.  For OML, Altra trail runners or go in for some hiking boots/shoes?

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Offline ggowins

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Re: Trail runners vs. hiking shoes
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2018, 02:47:12 PM »
I would definitely go with boots.  Plenty of chances to roll an ankle, so you want that extra support.  Because Mr. Murphy will insure than any kind of sprained ankle will happen the furthest spot away from help. 

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Re: Trail runners vs. hiking shoes
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2018, 02:56:24 PM »
It depends on how much weight you're carrying and if you're used to backpacking in trailrunners. I hike or backpack only in trailrunners or sandals. I haven't had boots in 12 years. Did the OML in trail runners earlier this year and was fine. But if you are carrying a lot of weight, you may want the extra support from the boots.

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Re: Trail runners vs. hiking shoes
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2018, 03:08:22 PM »
I am a fan of boots for the support and protection they provide.

I guess trail runners would work on the "established" trails, if that is the limit of your exploration.

For off-trail hiking boots are essential. (IMO)
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Offline elhombre

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Re: Trail runners vs. hiking shoes
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2018, 03:22:40 PM »
Boots.  It's the desert.
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Re: Trail runners vs. hiking shoes
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2018, 03:24:28 PM »
It depends on how much weight you're carrying and if you're used to backpacking in trailrunners. I hike or backpack only in trailrunners or sandals. I haven't had boots in 12 years. Did the OML in trail runners earlier this year and was fine. But if you are carrying a lot of weight, you may want the extra support from the boots.

I'm with wrangler88 here, if you regularly hike in the Altras, go with them as I assume that your pack weight and experience are commensurate.  I wear them all the time even off trail.
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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: Trail runners vs. hiking shoes
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2018, 04:46:23 PM »
I recently talked with someone who hiked the John Muir Trail in trail runners. It appears runners are becoming the norm for trail backpacking now. But off trail, sturdy boots are a must in my opinion.

For the Dodson, I world wear boots. It's a rough trail and having a good tread and ankle protection are good. Plus, it protects you from lechuguilla at a vulnerable spot. That said, on our recent oml, two of us wore boots, one wore trail runners. We all complained about our feet hurting.

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Re: Trail runners vs. hiking shoes
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2018, 04:59:58 PM »
Bring tweezers.


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Offline dprather

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Re: Trail runners vs. hiking shoes
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2018, 08:38:08 PM »
Tweezers  :eusa_naughty: I always bring a small multi-tool to pull the industrial-strength thorns out of the soles of my boot.

I vote boots for sure.  The trail is what I call "rocky-rolly."  That is, the trail is not flat or smooth and is totally primitive, there is a lot of elevation gain and loss (sometimes over short distances), and there are loose rocks almost every step.  Additionally, the plants out there love to bite unprotected ankles. 

Consider also that you will have a pack on your back, thus upsetting your natural balance - those ankles need support.

Disclaimer - once when I was out there, I was passed by a young married couple wearing el-cheapo flip-flops. 
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline BIBEARCH

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Re: Trail runners vs. hiking shoes
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2018, 08:49:42 AM »
My wife has hiked in Chaco sandals for years due to bone spurs and that if off-trail hiking.

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Re: Trail runners vs. hiking shoes
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2018, 08:58:19 AM »
The disclaimer at the top of every page always is a good reminder.

Over-estimating your experience or under-estimating the terrain in a place like Big Bend can result in serious injury or death.

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Re: Trail runners vs. hiking shoes
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2018, 01:19:36 PM »
I will wildly generalize.  Boots for clumsy people with heavy packs and trail runner/shoes for those nimble with light packs.

My father always told me not to make general statements.   :eusa_whistle:
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Re: Trail runners vs. hiking shoes
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2018, 03:03:25 PM »
I will wildly generalize.  Boots for clumsy people with heavy packs and trail runner/shoes for those nimble with light packs.

My father always told me not to make general statements.   :eusa_whistle:

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Re: Trail runners vs. hiking shoes
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2018, 03:40:34 PM »
Barefoot is always an option  :eusa_dance:
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Re: Trail runners vs. hiking shoes
« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2018, 06:18:28 PM »
Barefoot is always an option  :eusa_dance:
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