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Price: I'd rather pay a little more for better quality if it means better comfort, support and durability.Breathability: I do VERY little cold weather hiking (hate the cold!). I need shoes/boots that will not cause my feet to over-heat in the desert.Weight: I've got enough extra weight around my waist. I don't need extra weight strapped to my feet.Protection: I'd prefer to keep cactus spine and rattlesnake fang injuries to a minimum. This is hard to balance against my desire for breathability and light weight, but that's why I'm asking for your advice.Durability: The rocks out here are brutal on soles. I thrown out lots of shoes with new looking uppers and totally destroyed soles. Any good boots/shoes out there that can be re-soled for a reasonable costs?Shoes vs Boots: I'd prefer low boots but boots are typically heavier and hotter.[/list]
So, got any advices on gaiters? My considerations on gaiters are the same as for the boots. I'd prefer full length (above the calf) but might consider shorter if they promise not to fall down!
To protect against cactus and the like, you need a leather upper. Mesh and suede and other variations will prove disappointing.
Rattlesnake protection is best done by avoidance. If you desire a boot that will give some modicum of protection then you are looking at high top, very high top, boots like a lineman model with 14" or 16" uppers.
If you go with a welted boot, get the Norweigian welt
Regardless of what you buy, be sure you get footwear that has a REAL heel. A lot of 'hiking' boots have thin soles that wedge or ramp to the heel area. A clearly defined heel is essential to prevent skating or sliding on loose material as the heel bites into the surface.
While I'm sure some would agree with using gaiters, I've found no compelling need for such an item in a desert environment.
I almost always wear gaiters when hiking, but then I like to hike in shorts.
Boots, make sure they are rated at least medium duty and that they fit with two pairs of socks.
Quote from: "presidio"To protect against cactus and the like, you need a leather upper.What about the heat penalty? What about a hybrid (leather toe and heal areas with mesh panels along the side? I know I'll take some cactus hits but if the mesh lets out enough heat, it may be worth it.
To protect against cactus and the like, you need a leather upper.
I'm not familiar with Norweigian vs Goodyear welt. Any brand recommendations?
I'm considering them to avoid cuts and scratches on my calves since I usually hike in shorts.
I must add that my feet swear a lot.
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