Footwear is kind of a individual game. What works for one doesn't for another. That's why there are so many companies around providing endless footwear choices. I'd go with trail runners. I just picked up a pair of La Sportiva Raptors to try (the jury is still out but I'll give them a try on a 3 day trip in the Sierras in a week). In the past I have gone with New Balance because of the wide widths available. Depending on how much you hike you might consider getting a larger size than normal. I usually get a full size larger because my feet enlarge the longer I'm on the trail and
you really want a lot of room in the toe box unless you enjoy loosing toe nails from banging them inside your shoes on downhills. As far as using them in town, I'm a guy and my shoes don't have to look good. After a 100 miles or so on the trail they tend to get beat up and may be OK for the gym but not much else. Another aspect of trail runners is that they dry quickly. If your doing a lot of stream crossings where you hike you might try just powering through in your quick draining and quick drying runners. Hiking shoes can take forever to dry. I wouldn't recommend anything gortex--your feet are just going to get over heated and if you step in any water higher than you shoe tops whats the point of having waterproofing. But the best feature of trail run
ners is the weight--if you've been hiking in heavy boots you'll be floating down the trail in trail runners.
Just my thoughts.
> To: BackpackingLight-hHKSG33TihhbjbujkaE4pw@public.gmane.org
> From: alinan41-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org
> Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2012 02:48:51 +0000
> Subject: [BackpackingLight] Trail runners or light hiking shoes? Any specific recommendations?
> I am ready to replace my heavy boots.
> Should I go for trail runners or light hiking shoes? I am leaning towards trail runners but you might be able to convince me otherwise. I am also looking preferably for women's shoes and my feet are on a wider side (some bunions). I was thinking that if I was to get trail runners then I could use them for walki
ng in the city as well so they would have dual purpose. Would it work? I guess with time they will get dirty from backpacking (and unattractive for walking around the city) but at least for the first year I might be able to use them as my walking shoes as well. Although apparently using some trail runners for walking in the city wears out the thread?
> I did a preliminary search and it looks like Montrail Rockridge seems to be good. La Sportiva is kind of cool as well. I just like this brand name. My current boots are La Sportiva.
> Thank you in advance for your suggestions.
> PS. Sorry I messed up my previous post (I double posted my response on pots). I think that it was late at night (LOL).
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