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    Hiking Shoes

    Does anybody do a quite a bit of hiking and if so do you have a shoe or brand you'd recommend?

    Am planning a trip to Kauai this fall and want to do some hiking. Really what I want to do is break the shoes in for my bigger goal, hiking across the Grand Canyon next year.

    I'm guessing, you want something light, tough and with some type of goretex in it, but any input would be appreciated.



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    Re: Hiking Shoes

    Are you looking for light hikers or heavy supportive boots?

    I have a pair of Merrells for light hikers, and a pair of Asolos for backpacking and times that require more support.



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    Re: Hiking Shoes

    Quote Originally Posted by Broodwich View Post
    Are you looking for light hikers or heavy supportive boots?

    I have a pair of Merrells for light hikers, and a pair of Asolos for backpacking and times that require more support.
    You know, really hadn't thought about it that much. I think we're going to be travelling relatively light both times, so would suspect some light hikers would be sufficient? I'll take a look at both of those.



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    Re: Hiking Shoes

    I have enjoyed Keen shoes. They are pretty comfortable and rugged. I bought some of their hiking type sandals a few years back and they are some of the best shoes I have ever owned. I beat the hell out of shoes and these dont have as much as a loose thread on them.

    http://www.keenfootwear.com/wall/Shoes/men/na/15,487



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    Re: Hiking Shoes

    Merrell, Keen, The North Face. Going to Kauai, you'll want something waterproof. Get a gore-tex waterproof rates boot. Also might want to apply Nik-Wax just in case.

    Check out REI.com.


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    Re: Hiking Shoes

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    You know, really hadn't thought about it that much. I think we're going to be travelling relatively light both times, so would suspect some light hikers would be sufficient? I'll take a look at both of those.
    Are you packing the Canyon?

    Here's the deal, you can wear heavy boots in light situations. You cant' wear light boots in heavy situations.

    Worst mistake I've ever made in my outdoor adventures was wearing my Merrells for a 65 mile pack across the Cascades. Worst foot pain I've ever had. My dogs were howling.

    Here are my Asolo boots. They have Gore-Tex, and very rigid. I got them at JAX in Ames.

    Buy Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX Boot - Asolo at Moosejaw - Free Shipping



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    Re: Hiking Shoes

    Quote Originally Posted by Broodwich View Post
    Are you packing the Canyon?

    Here's the deal, you can wear heavy boots in light situations. You cant' wear light boots in heavy situations.

    Worst mistake I've ever made in my outdoor adventures was wearing my Merrells for a 65 mile pack across the Cascades. Worst foot pain I've ever had. My dogs were howling.

    Here are my Asolo boots. They have Gore-Tex, and very rigid. I got them at JAX in Ames.

    Buy Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX Boot - Asolo at Moosejaw - Free Shipping
    I like the look of those. Not so much a glorified tennis shoe like some of the other choices. How cool/warm are they?

    On the Canyon hike, I think we're going to try to stay at the place on the bottom, so won't be packing a tent, etc. Still will be carrying some food, water and other items.



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    Re: Hiking Shoes

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    Does anybody do a quite a bit of hiking and if so do you have a shoe or brand you'd recommend?

    Am planning a trip to Kauai this fall and want to do some hiking. Really what I want to do is break the shoes in for my bigger goal, hiking across the Grand Canyon next year.

    I'm guessing, you want something light, tough and with some type of goretex in it, but any input would be appreciated.
    Be like Cody on "Dual Survival" and not where any shoes.


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    Re: Hiking Shoes

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    I like the look of those. Not so much a glorified tennis shoe like some of the other choices. How cool/warm are they?

    On the Canyon hike, I think we're going to try to stay at the place on the bottom, so won't be packing a tent, etc. Still will be carrying some food, water and other items.
    Well, to be honest I've never even given thought to foot temperature with these. I would imagine that's a good thing.

    Buy a pair of Teko Merino Wool socks to go with them. You'll never buy another pair of socks again.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jay moe View Post
    Be like Cody on "Dual Survival" and not where any shoes.
    Off topic, but love watching that show. That guy is nuts. Maybe walking barefoot works great in Arizona, but to do that every place they go is ludicrous.

    Some of his other ideas aren't bad however. Those two together certainly benefit from the others experience.



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    Re: Hiking Shoes

    I loved the Merrill's I had.

    For some reason - I got a pair of Columbia's last year, they were on sale - and got what I paid for.



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    Re: Hiking Shoes

    Garmont hiking boots are the best i have ever owned. i have a pair that are 100% waterproof. things are money!

    garmont boots - Google Product Search



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    Re: Hiking Shoes

    Merrills are the best and are my shoe of choice. They are very durable and comfortable. The same pair I wear to work, I also wore while hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon last year.


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    Re: Hiking Shoes

    Check sierratradingpost.com. They often have very good deals on stuff. It's usually stuff from the past year or season so it's marked down considerably.

    My personal opinions is to stay away from Merrell's. They look cool and are affordable, but the soles wear out quickly and they often break down faster than other shoes. However, if you are just going to be hiking for 1 week and don't plan on using them a ton they are a good option.



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    Re: Hiking Shoes

    2nd Asolos--very good boots.

    That being said, make sure you aren't heavy (gear/food-wise) for what you are doing. Huge trend toward ultralight hiking right now--people hike the Appalachian trail with lightweight hikers now, as they carry such a small amount (<20lbs). If you can get away with wearing lighter boots/shoes, do it.



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