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Do you prefer to hike Big Bend in hiking boots, running/walking shoes, or sandals?

Boots
32 (74.4%)
Shoes
10 (23.3%)
Sandals
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Total Members Voted: 3

Hiking Boots vs. Running/Walking Shoes

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Re: Hiking Boots vs. Running/Walking Shoes
« Reply #15 on: November 26, 2007, 02:49:03 PM »
I've been wearing these on and off for a daily shoe and for light hiking over the last few years. They are well broken in and pretty comfortable. I'd say very comfortable, but I find them a little stiff for daily use and slightly large for clutch & heel/toe shifting in the MINI Cooper I've been driving for the last year or so.



Vasque Clarion GTX - mid-weight, waterproof

I did my first BiBe trip (basin to south rim) last week in them, and I gotta say they have seen there last trail. They're not worn out by any means but I thought I was doing permanent damage to my feet. Mostly the backs of my heels and tip/top of my toes. I tell ya my dogs were barkin'. My son said he was hurtin' pretty bad too, but it couldn't have been anything like I was feeling (he ran/skipped down the last 50 yrds. of the Pinnacle Trail before the motel). There's no way I could have done that. If we'd felt better we were going to summit Emory but he said he'd pass and I wasn't putting up any argument. About 3/4 down he made the comment "we're getting lapped by girls" I just laughed it off and said they weren't carrying packs either... The reality is, I probably wouldn't have been moving as fast as they were, even if we had day hiked Emory.

I was checking out what the fast movers were wearing on the way down and most were wearing cross trainers or hiking/trail shoes.

I kind of anticipated the pain I was in for because our last trip to E-Rock wasn't as comfortable as it should've been either. I'd planned to pick up a pair of Salomans or Keens, like Burn Ban suggested but my son had grown out of his old boots and I had to get him some new ones.

I'll be in some version of trail shoe next time out.

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Re: Hiking Boots vs. Running/Walking Shoes
« Reply #16 on: November 26, 2007, 02:57:05 PM »
I've been wearing these on and off for a daily shoe and for light hiking over the last few years. They are well broken in and pretty comfortable. I'd say very comfortable, but I find them a little stiff for daily use and slightly large for clutch & heel/toe shifting in the MINI Cooper I've been driving for the last year or so.



Vasque Clarion GTX - mid-weight, waterproof

I did my first BiBe trip (basin to south rim) last week in them, and I gotta say they have seen there last trail. They're not worn out by any means but I thought I was doing permanent damage to my feet. Mostly the backs of my heels and tip/top of my toes. I tell ya my dogs were barkin'. My son said he was hurtin' pretty bad too, but it couldn't have been anything like I was feeling (he ran/skipped down the last 50 yrds. of the Pinnacle Trail before the motel). There's no way I could have done that. If we'd felt better we were going to summit Emory but he said he'd pass and I wasn't putting up any argument. About 3/4 down he made the comment "we're getting lapped by girls" I just laughed it off and said they weren't carrying packs either... The reality is, I probably wouldn't have been moving as fast as they were, even if we had day hiked Emory.

I was checking out what the fast movers were wearing on the way down and most were wearing cross trainers or hiking/trail shoes.

I kind of anticipated the pain I was in for because our last trip to E-Rock wasn't as comfortable as it should've been either. I'd planned to pick up a pair of Salomans or Keens, like Burn Ban suggested but my son had grown out of his old boots and I had to get him some new ones.

I'll be in some version of trail shoe next time out.

That's a hard way to find out that the Vasques were not kind to you!

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Hiking Boots vs Hiking Shoes
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2008, 05:19:42 PM »
I plan on being in the Bend in less than two weeks and I need some advice ...

I own a pair of Salomon hiking shoes. The hikes anticipated will be day hikes and most will be easy to moderate. I would carry enough water, food, and camera equipment for that hike. Are the shoes sufficient or do I need some hiking boots?

Thanks!

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Re: Hiking Boots vs Hiking Shoes
« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2008, 06:22:09 PM »
Boots are most useful when carrying a heavy pack.  They also can help deflect/absorb some of the hits from all the nasty, sharp, pointy stuff.  For moderate day hikes, I'd say stick with the hiking shoes.  Plus, you'd have to get any new boots broken in PDQ if you're only 2 weeks out.

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Re: Hiking Boots vs Hiking Shoes
« Reply #19 on: March 04, 2008, 06:24:56 PM »
If you're staying on established trails and not carrying a heavy pack, hiking shoes should be just fine.  I like boots regardless for the ankle support.

Al

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Re: Hiking Boots vs. Running/Walking Shoes
« Reply #20 on: March 04, 2008, 06:37:24 PM »
Boots are most useful when carrying a heavy pack.  They also can help deflect/absorb some of the hits from all the nasty, sharp, pointy stuff.  For moderate day hikes, I'd say stick with the hiking shoes.  Plus, you'd have to get any new boots broken in PDQ if you're only 2 weeks out.

If I buy boots, I usually buy Asolo. I have never needed to break them in and they have lasted years. But I am hiking several days before I reach BiBe.

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Re: Hiking Boots vs. Running/Walking Shoes
« Reply #21 on: March 04, 2008, 07:18:23 PM »
Since I beat the fat pads on my feet to nothing remaining a few years ago, all my shoes have to have thick strong soles and gel insoles. I use either low top hikers or mid top hikers. My feet are 9.5 eeeee  yes 5e wide. So far the only boots available have been New Balance  low top and Dunham mid top.  Both are ok.  Just did 5.5 miles at Enchanted Rock this afternoon with the low tops and came home with feet in good shape. My "running shoes" are New Balance, but wearing them on off road situations gives me plantar bruises from trail rocks.

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Re: Hiking Boots vs. Running/Walking Shoes
« Reply #22 on: March 04, 2008, 07:31:41 PM »
5E?. :icon_eek:.....I was going to say something " hairy " about it, but naaah !!!...better not  :eusa_naughty:
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Re: Hiking Boots vs. Running/Walking Shoes
« Reply #23 on: March 04, 2008, 08:15:45 PM »
5E?. :icon_eek:.....I was going to say something " hairy " about it, but naaah !!!...better not  :eusa_naughty:

what? ya mean like this?


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Re: Hiking Boots vs. Running/Walking Shoes
« Reply #24 on: March 04, 2008, 08:34:44 PM »
I recently got some new Vasque Breeze Gore-Tex XCR boots
http://www.rei.com/product/737707

and I really like them. I had originally bought a different pair in "my size" and tried them on a bought them. I wore them around the house that night and they felt a little snug. so the next day I wore them around the hose for about another hour and they did not fit or feel right so I took them back to exchange them for a different size.

The guy working in the footwear section had me check my foot size and sure enough my foot was a size bigger than what I thought :willynilly: :willynilly: :willynilly:.

So he recommend I try the Vasque's and I tried 2 different sizes and the ones I got fit great.  I have been walking in them almost every night for just over 2 miles a night and I wear them all day on the weekends so my feet will be used to them for my trip in a few weeks.

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Re: Hiking Boots vs. Running/Walking Shoes
« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2008, 08:46:45 PM »
I usually buy Asolo. I have never needed to break them in and they have lasted years.
~ edd

Good choice, even if a bit pricey at the outset. However, the amortized cost is low given how rugged they are. It's what I use.
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Re: Hiking Boots vs. Running/Walking Shoes
« Reply #26 on: March 04, 2008, 08:50:02 PM »
My feet are 9.5 eeeee  yes 5e wide.

You sound like a candidate for a custom fitted boot. White's Boots in Spokane WA is the choice of wildland firefighters/smokejumpers. Very expensive, but you won't ever need to buy another pair.
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Re: Hiking Boots vs. Running/Walking Shoes
« Reply #27 on: March 04, 2008, 08:51:13 PM »
what? ya mean like this?



Hey! Where you been? I sure hope that not a pix of your feet.  :icon_eek:
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Re: Hiking Boots vs. Running/Walking Shoes
« Reply #28 on: March 04, 2008, 08:53:52 PM »
what? ya mean like this?



Hey! Where you been? I sure hope that not a pix of your feet.  :icon_eek:

Yeah well, I've been getting my back stabbed so much that I haven't had time to shave my feet....you know how it is! :eusa_whistle:

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Re: Hiking Boots vs. Running/Walking Shoes
« Reply #29 on: March 04, 2008, 09:36:59 PM »
Might help me keep mine warm.

 


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