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Offline BB BOB

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« on: March 15, 2006, 01:54:46 PM »
It's about time for me get some new hiking boots.  Do you guys and one muse have any recommendations or favorite brands?  Any stay away froms?

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Re: Manly Footware
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2006, 02:16:54 PM »
Quote from: "BB BOB"
It's about time for me get some new hiking boots.  Do you guys and one muse have any recommendations or favorite brands?  Any stay away froms?

As they say in the snow skiing world, "the ones that best fit your feet!"  Sorry I don't have any real recommendations.  Go hit REI or Whole Earth and try on as many pairs as you can.  I'd imagine once you get past the low-end boots the quality is pretty comparable.  Just be sure to check the condition of them before heading out amongst the nasty sharp pointy stuff once they're more than 10 years old like my old Vasque Clarions:


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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2006, 02:52:20 PM »
Hey, you stole my boots!  I've got two pairs like that and getting ready for a 3rd.  Outstanding choice.  Well worth the $165.  Get about 2 years of constant day-in-and-day-out wear of them.  I've got them on right now!

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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2006, 02:55:09 PM »
I like the lightweight Merrell's, primarily because they fit my feet well. My friend from Oregon is a big lightweight hiking fan. He thinks we should be hiking in shoes, that the heavy boots are too heavy and bulky. I wonder. I do seem to use a lot of moleskin with boots, but I like the thick sole, for all the rocks, sticky stuff.

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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2006, 03:01:27 PM »
Before I venture out again I'll probably buy a pair of trail runners with sturdy soles.  I rarely find a need for the extra ankle support since I don't backpack much.  Back in 1991 I did the full South Rim (including Northeast Rim section) in a pair of oh-so-comfy basketball shoes with an extra cushion insert.  What I didn't anticipate were all the little rocks poking at the bottom of my feet for the duration of the 14-15 mile day hike.  I paid for it the next few days.

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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2006, 03:21:18 PM »
These are what I like
http://www.thenorthface.com/opencms/opencms/tnf/gear.jsp?site=NA&model=AE3M
Very comfy and not too pricey (that's relative I guess)
Anyway I like em!
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2006, 04:04:06 PM »
I picked up some Merrell's from REI before my last trip.  I really liked them.  My ankles really need extra support and they worked great.  I also picked up some socks from REI, can't remember exactly which ones.  They are thin and very soft and they made so much difference.  My feet stayed nice and dry and no blisters.  

Previous to the Merrell's I'd had some Timberland's.  My only complaint is they wore out fast.  I wore them for about five years, but they'd gotten uncomfortable for hiking well before I retired them.  

My little brother has been wearing the same low cut sneakers hiking for years.  they are worn out beyond anything I could walk across the street in, but he says he's used to them and they are comfortable to him.
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2006, 04:56:01 PM »
I like good ankle and arch support, don't want to sprain an ankle running away from a snake.
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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2006, 05:07:23 PM »
vasque Sundowner are said to be the best around. i found them online for 139 somewhere on the net a couple of years ago....

here they are: http://www.rwss.com/

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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2006, 05:22:21 PM »
I have been using ragwool  socks with those thin silk liners. I still get blisters though. I've gotten where I put moleskin on my heel and toe before I even start.

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« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2006, 05:32:02 PM »
These are the socks I bought:

http://tinyurl.com/gh5g2

...except they were mens size and ankle high (couldn't find the exact ones on their site)

I was really surprised at what a difference they made.  I really only bought them because I was trying to use up a giftcard.  :D
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Re: Manly Footware
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2006, 06:54:19 PM »
Quote from: "RichardM"
Quote from: "BB BOB"
It's about time for me get some new hiking boots.  Do you guys and one muse have any recommendations or favorite brands?  Any stay away froms?

As they say in the snow skiing world, "the ones that best fit your feet!"  Sorry I don't have any real recommendations.  Go hit REI or Whole Earth and try on as many pairs as you can.  I'd imagine once you get past the low-end boots the quality is pretty comparable.  Just be sure to check the condition of them before heading out amongst the nasty sharp pointy stuff once they're more than 10 years old like my old Vasque Clarions:
http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/apache08.jpg

P.S.  Muse ain't the only non-guy on the board

No.....just the most obnoxious.... :oops:  :lol:  :lol:
Moderator fixed your post

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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2006, 09:36:14 AM »
Quote from: "bdann"
These are the socks I bought:

http://tinyurl.com/gh5g2

...except they were mens size and ankle high (couldn't find the exact ones on their site)

I was really surprised at what a difference they made.  I really only bought them because I was trying to use up a giftcard.  :D


I have some of those Thorlo Coolmax Socks.  They work very well for me.
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« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2006, 06:05:53 PM »
Quote from: "David Locke"
vasque Sundowner are said to be the best around. i found them online for 139 somewhere on the net a couple of years ago....

here they are: http://www.rwss.com/


I've always had good luck with Vasque. They don't even make the style I have now. The outsole is stitched on. Right now they are worn smooth so I either need to get new soles or new boots. $137 for the Sundowner's is a good price.

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« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2006, 06:58:27 PM »
i've had the same columbia boots for almost a decade now, and they haven't failed me yet  :D i never get blisters, but i bet thats because they are so well broken in. i'm going to be sad the day i ahve to get rid of them  :cry:

 


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