Hiking boots / shoes survey

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mokganjetsi
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Hiking boots / shoes survey

Post by mokganjetsi » Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:21 am

Doing a bit of user-research for an article on hiking shoes. Will really appreciate some user feedback on the use, pros and cons of trail runners vs approach / hiking shoes vs hiking boots. Thanks! :thumleft:

Please copy and paste the structure below and answer + add other comments only on the shoes you own and use:

Trail running shoes
Preferred use: trail running / day hiking / multi-day hiking / long distance hiking / other (please specify)
Pros:
Cons:
Other comments:

Hiking / approach shoes
Preferred use: trail running / day hiking / multi-day hiking / long distance hiking / other (please specify)
Pros:
Cons:
Other comments:

Hiking boots
Preferred use: trail running / day hiking / multi-day hiking / long distance hiking / other (please specify)
Pros:
Cons:
Other comments:

Other hiking shoes:
Please specify what they are and for what you use them.
Pros:
Cons:
Other comments:

Your style of hiking for multi-day and long-distance hikes:
Fast-and-light / “normal” / heavy-pack

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Nic Le Maitre
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Re: Hiking boots / shoes survey

Post by Nic Le Maitre » Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:09 pm

Trail running shoes: Adidas kanadia
Preferred use: trail running
Pros: Light weight, breathable
Cons: Too soft and not grippy enough on rock, durability is questionable
Other comments:

Hiking / approach shoes: Mammut Guides (Loved 5.10 Guides, until their quality became terrible, La Sportiva TX4s were great, wore through in 3 months)
Preferred use: day hiking / multi-day hiking / long distance hiking
Pros: Light, comfortable, durable, really good on rock
Cons: Little too warm in summer
Other comments:

Hiking boots: La Sportiva Trango GTX semi rigids
Preferred use: other, wet weather, ice climbing
Pros: waterproof, rigid.
Cons: Heavy
Other comments:


Your style of hiking for multi-day and long-distance hikes:
Fast-and-light
Happy climbing
Nic

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Re: Hiking boots / shoes survey

Post by RyanKarate » Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:34 pm

Trail running shoes - salmon speed cross
Preferred use: trail running
Pros: light, breathable
Cons: lifespan
Other comments:

Approach shoes - mammut approach
Preferred use: day hiking with light’ish pack
Pros: lighter than boots. Stronger than Trail shoes. Stiffer sole.
Cons: no ankle support
Other comments: sometimes used when following on easy multi pitch routes.

Hiking boots - hi tech altitude v light
Preferred use: multi-day hiking / long distance hiking /
Pros: ankle support, stiff sole, waterproof
Cons: heavy, hot.
Other comments: usually carrying heavy pack.

Other hiking shoes: vibram 5 fingers - Spyridon model with stiff sole.
Preferred use: water sports -> kayaking -> portages
Pros: super light, small, can swim with them relatively well.
Cons: cost, durability, ankle protection.
Other comments: also great on multi pitch routes where the walk in/out is relatively short or when doing multiple abseils down the route.

Your style of hiking for multi-day and long-distance hikes:
heavy-pack. I like eating and sleeping well. Oh and lots of gadgets.
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Re: Hiking boots / shoes survey

Post by mokganjetsi » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:57 am

Thanks Nic & Ryan - much appreciated :thumleft:

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Re: Hiking boots / shoes survey

Post by ShaolinWood » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:18 am

Hey Willem, great idea. Here goes:

Trail running shoes: Vivo Barefoot (old models I got from a friend)
Preferred use: trail running
Pros: Light, feels natural, very mobile (feels like a cat)
Cons: (My feet starts hurting if I travel over too many sharp rocks)
Other comments: Also nice to use as descent shoes after a climb since they're so light

Hiking / approach shoes: Guide tennies / BoulderX
Preferred use: day hiking / multi-day hiking / long distance hiking / other (Anywhere I need to have shoes on)
Pros: Good grip, feels solid but still mobile. Can scramble and even edge a bit on easy faces. They have enough support for me to even do multi day hikes.
Cons: Can get hot in the summer but still cooler than boots.
Other comments: I use my approach shoes for all types of hiking. I haven't used my hiking boots in years.

Hiking boots: Scarpa ZG 10 Gtx
Preferred use: multi-day hiking / long distance hiking
Pros: Super supportive and water proof.
Cons: Heavy and rigid. I feel awkward on scrambles and not very mobile.
Other comments: I hardly ever hike with the boots anymore. I tend to just grab the approach shoes.


Your style of hiking for multi-day and long-distance hikes:
Fast-and-light / “normal” / heavy-pack
I tend to say "Fast-and-light" but I often hike with 2 kids and that involuntarily throws me into the "Heavy-pack" category.
Cheers
Gerhard

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Re: Hiking boots / shoes survey

Post by hendriks » Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:15 pm

Trail running shoes
Preferred use: trail running / day hiking
Pros: light
Cons: not so durable
Other comments: My trail shoes do get used in mountain missions (climbing etc) if weight is a big issue as they weigh very little.

Hiking / approach shoes
Preferred use: day hiking/scrambling
Pros: light, decent support, durable
Cons: No ankle support, not durable for hard use.
Other comments: Great for large range of single day missions, small if packing space is a problem (i.e. walking/walkout from kloofing) and of course climbing approaches and descents.

Hiking boots
Preferred use: day hiking/multi-day hiking/long distance hiking
Pros: Sturdy, good ankle support, waterproof, firm sole, can be resoled (good quality leather boots)
Cons: Weight
Other comments: Great when having to carry heavy loads, especially over multiple days. Typically great foot support. I wear out a pair of soles annually, being able to re-sole is a massive Pro. Quality of the boots has a massive impact. For a weekend hiker not abusing the boots a pair of very affordable Hi-Tech's are perfect and comfortable off the shelf, for someone doing more distance and punishing the boots a bit more something of better quality is needed, something like the Zamberlan Trail lite GTx (expensive though).

Other hiking shoes: Mountaineering/Ice Climbing Boots (La Sportiva Trango Alps)
Pros: rigid, warm/good insulation, waterproof, cleat for crampons
Cons: heavy, expensive
Other comments: Used for Ice climging

Your style of hiking for multi-day and long-distance hikes:
Fast-and-light / “normal” / heavy-pack - I do all three situation depending. I typically opt for boots on multi day purely for the added support, however on super lightweight fast missions it will be trail running shoes or approach shoes.

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Re: Hiking boots / shoes survey

Post by Brussel » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:58 pm

Hiking / approach shoes: Salomon X Ultra
Preferred use: day hiking / multi-day hiking / approach
Pros: good traction, light, stiff enough to not feel stones under your feet, no lace system is brilliant pretty robust
Cons: not as durable as leather shoes
Other comments:

Hiking / approach shoes: La Sportiva tx4
Preferred use: day hiking / approach
Pros: excellent traction, nice climbing toe for scrambling,leather upper is durable great fit
Cons: rubber is soft and wears quickly, don't trust the rear loop to clip onto a carabiner, I've heard about them breaking
Other comments:

Hiking boots La Sportiva Thunder GTX
Preferred use: multi-day hiking / long distance hiking
Pros: good support and traction, waterproof durable vibram sole
Cons: hotter and heavier than light hiking shoes
Other comments: I hardly use these unless on multiday with a pack

Your style of hiking for multi-day and long-distance hikes:
Fast-and-light

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