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Ruck
2012-05-21, 13:32
Have used a fair sprinkling of boots over the years , some were comfortable and some were little support .

One of the best pair I ever had was a leather boot, Galibier . Difficult to break- in but lasted for years.They don't make that style anymore .

I use a Cabela X4 now ,with an insole .

What do you folks use ?

Big Mac
2012-05-21, 13:36
I Never wear boots - trail runners. Currently wear Asics.

JDBaughman
2012-05-21, 13:45
I use my issued combat boots by Altama with vibram soles... And I also use the Rebok Zigz... I was thinkin about getting a pair of the new balance minimus, but I think those might be too extreme and I'll be committing foot suicide if I do

Kanga
2012-05-21, 13:54
no boots. trail runners. i roll my ankles continuously in boots.

MonkeyBoy
2012-05-21, 13:57
Best pair of boots I've ever owned is a pair of Wolverines. Wear them every day for the past three years, and have hiked about 400 miles on the AT in them, and they still are in excellent condition.

chumpchange
2012-05-21, 13:59
merrell hiking shoes, low-cut. next pair will probably be a running shoe.

cool breeze
2012-05-21, 14:08
Keens

Cuffs
2012-05-21, 14:55
I use my issued combat boots by Altama with vibram soles... And I also use the Rebok Zigz... I was thinkin about getting a pair of the new balance minimus, but I think those might be too extreme and I'll be committing foot suicide if I do

Vibram is just a brand of rubber from Italy used to jack up the price.
Minimalist or barefoot type shoes are great but for the load you say you carry is out of the question. If you were UL you'd be ok.

Hog On Ice
2012-05-21, 16:24
on my last hike I met a backpacker/thruhiker in Grayson Highlands SP using a minimalist shoe - much pain - best guess was a stress fracture of one of his metatarsals - hope he found his way off trail - he did not want us to call it into the rangers

Bearpaw
2012-05-21, 16:41
I use a very light Lowa Zephyr in warmer weather, and the fairly light Lowa Renegade in colder wet weather. I've had recurring issues with tendonitis in both ankles. The compression of a mid-cut boot instead of a low cut shoe helps to reduce swelling. But I still go with the lightest mid-cut I can get.

Ruck
2012-05-21, 18:31
Some good hikers alright . I have found personally in the rough ,steep country in Wyoming I need a heap of support . ( I started with a pair of jungle boots which didn't get the job done. ) Insoles help too though in summer they can be over warm .

SGT Rock
2012-05-21, 20:02
Trail maintenance: desert boots from the Army.

Hiking: currently Solomon trail runners, I love these shoes.

Trying: in an effort to toughen up my feet and ankles I've been hiking some/training in Merrill barefoot style trail runners.

Russell
2012-05-21, 20:16
Hey Rock, if you want to toughen up your feet, do what Earl did.


He put sand in his boots and did not wear socks.

SGT Rock
2012-05-21, 20:21
Earl was a tough character. I've done the "without socks" thing before and paid for it. The toughening I am trying is more in ligaments and tendons - trying to avoid the repeat of the injury that got me off the trail in '08 and the injury I had in Iraq in '07.

Gary
2012-05-21, 23:44
I just use my regular running shoes. But, I also don't go any great distance. As I move up to longer hikes maybe that'll change.

SGT Rock
2012-05-22, 04:39
I hiked in my regular running shoe for years. Nike Air Pegasus.

wishbone
2012-05-22, 09:42
solomon trail runners with green superfeet is my choice

Russell
2012-05-22, 11:57
http://news.yahoo.com/born-run-barefoot-end-getting-injured-070325212--spt.html

SGT Rock
2012-05-22, 20:23
http://news.yahoo.com/born-run-barefoot-end-getting-injured-070325212--spt.html

Yep, that is what I am trying to balance. I found 6 miles so far is about my limit for a day in these.

SGT Rock
2012-05-23, 20:33
I heard this today on the radio, good info: http://www.npr.org/2012/05/23/153373701/happy-feet-tips-for-healthier-running