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Equipment reviews after Dec. 2017 trip.

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Re: Equipment reviews after Dec. 2017 trip.
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2018, 04:19:27 PM »
Who remembers Sno Sealing their all leather hiking boots?  :icon_biggrin:
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Re: Equipment reviews after Dec. 2017 trip.
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2018, 07:58:06 PM »
Who remembers Sno Sealing their all leather hiking boots?  :icon_biggrin:
  Bill


Still have a can.   :great:
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Re: Equipment reviews after Dec. 2017 trip.
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2018, 08:56:26 PM »
finally a pair of Merrill Wilderness still with Norwegian welt (and still in the closet)


Man that brings back some painful memories. I was always a Merrell boot guy, and eventually graduated to the Wilderness. I had a big Mountainsmith Elite 7000 (8000 cubic inch) pack. I think I did 3 big trips carrying 15-17 days worth of food, ice axe, etc.  I didn't have a name for the foot pain in those days, but now I know it's plantar fasciitis. Of course boots like that last forever, but I donated them about 20 years ago.

Now I wear Salomon SA Pro 3D Mid's and couldn't be happier. They are basically mid height trail runners, but they have a much better foot bed support than those older, heavy duty boots ever did.

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Re: Equipment reviews after Dec. 2017 trip.
« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2018, 08:59:27 PM »
finally a pair of Merrill Wilderness still with Norwegian welt (and still in the closet)


Man that brings back some painful memories. I was always a Merrell boot guy, and eventually graduated to the Wilderness. I had a big Mountainsmith Elite 7000 (8000 cubic inch) pack. I think I did 3 big trips carrying 15-17 days worth of food, ice axe, etc.  I didn't have a name for the foot pain in those days, but now I know it's plantar fasciitis. Of course boots like that last forever, but I donated them about 20 years ago.

Now I wear Salomon SA Pro 3D Mid's and couldn't be happier. They are basically mid height trail runners, but they have a much better foot bed support than those older, heavy duty boots ever did.
I still have my Elite 5000 in the "museum"!

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temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
http://40yearsofwalking.wordpress.com/

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Re: Equipment reviews after Dec. 2017 trip.
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2018, 09:41:10 PM »
The 5000 was a more sensible size, but I was also doing winter / snowshoe camping in those days, and needed room for all the bulky warm things. I was cleaning mine up to sell last year, but when water hit the little lumbar pad, the padding material instantly decomposed into a million bits of black grit and came out through the mesh. Whatever the padding material there was, it didnít age gracefully. I need to fix it and get it the pack out of here. As comfortable as it was, Iím just never going to use an 8lb backpack again.

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Re: Equipment reviews after Dec. 2017 trip.
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2018, 10:12:11 PM »
finally a pair of Merrill Wilderness still with Norwegian welt (and still in the closet)


Man that brings back some painful memories. I was always a Merrell boot guy, and eventually graduated to the Wilderness. I had a big Mountainsmith Elite 7000 (8000 cubic inch) pack. I think I did 3 big trips carrying 15-17 days worth of food, ice axe, etc.  I didn't have a name for the foot pain in those days, but now I know it's plantar fasciitis. Of course boots like that last forever, but I donated them about 20 years ago.

Now I wear Salomon SA Pro 3D Mid's and couldn't be happier. They are basically mid height trail runners, but they have a much better foot bed support than those older, heavy duty boots ever did.
I still have my Elite 5000 in the "museum"!

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Big Bend Chat mobile app

I still have my Elite 4000! It's somewhat worse for the wear, but my wife still uses it when we take the family on longer trips. It's a bit too big for her torso, but she's not about to buy a pack for herself. That would mean she might actually be endorsing the idea of a backpacking vacation.
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

 


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