Boots and Footwear: Member's Favorites for High Sierra Backpacking


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 12 June 2018

Member's Favorites
BACKPACKING BOOTS & FOOTWEAR

 

Selecting Backpacking Boots and Footwear from among our many, many Options. The goal is to get exactly what you need fit perfectly.

 

INTRODUCTION

The Range of Choices
 We have an extensive selection of types and styles of backpacking footwear available from extremely heavy to virtually none at all. The barefoot and neoprene fads are quite amusing...

Finding the proper trail footwear for each of us is the same game as the rest of our backpacking gear selections; they be dependent on our own body-design, our own capacity for cold, and our own tastes and preferences.

Trippy-Hippy
I am my gear, in that my first piece of gear is me.
Everything else just layers on and comes back off, as necessary and required. We started at the top by thinking first, now we are going to  get physically started selecting our gear at the bottom, by matching up our feet with the proper gear, the proper footwear for the job.

 

Intro to Backpacking Boots, leading to the primer to boot construction and selection on the trail guide.

 

These "internal" design and construction preferences mentioned in the construction guide are then contrasted against the "external" factors our footwear will be used in. Terrain, weather, and the duration of our trip are the first external factors we consider, followed by how much of a load will be carried.

These specifications will help us determine the proper style and weight and type of construction of backpacking boot or trail shoe that best suites our specific feet and the task they need to accomplish.

We've discussed matching the weight, design, and construction features of our selected footwear to our personal preferences, the type of foot we have, our carrying requirements, and the types of terrain and environmental challenges we'll face. There is no "correct answer." Everyone comes up with different answers suiting their own unique circumstances.

Here's our members selections of backpacking boots and trail shoes:

 

Member's Favorites

 

  My Favorite Brand

Or Type of Backpacking Footwear

Razzi                                Keen Hiking

Troy Kent                         Trail Runners

Frddet1                            Merrill Moab Line

denovo                             High-Tec

Polvito1977                      Vasque

JDVandevelde                 Vasque

Kayamper                       Lowa

Johnnymans                   Addidas Outdoors

 

 

 

Best Advice

amestrov                           strong durable boots

 

 

 

 

HEAVY
Hiking Boots

Winter Applications

AlexW                               Huge, Mountaineering Zamberlans 
WINTER MOUNTANEERING-for crampons and snow shoes

 

 

 

MEDIUM
Hiking Boot

 

Merrell

Reaper                            Merrell boots

bob.christensen               My Merrils comfortably take me where I want to go

  

Oboz

lotsbackpacker                Oboz Beartooth and Sawtooth Mid hiking boots 

 

Asolo

Ski_Tahoe                       Asolo Boots

 

ITF

Peter                               Interceptor Tactical Footwear
(Beat Deal!) 

 

 

TRAIL SHOES

 

ALTRA

abramrodd                      Altra Lone Peak 3.5

  

Merrell

markskor                       moab ventilaters

rjoss                               Merrill Moab

 

North Face

tstockt                             North Face Boa Hedgehogs

rn2pacu                           Northface Hedgehog Trail Shoe 

 

New Balance

hikerdave                         New Balance 857 shoes

 

 

PerfectDay                      Pearl Izumi M2 E Motion Trail  (socks)

 

Oboz

idria1                               Oboz Sawtooth (women's)

 

Salomon

Flower                             Quest 4D II GTX

 

Saucony

Hiking 50                        Saucony Caliber

 

Vasque

mjamison                         Vasque Blur trail running shoes

 

 

Alex Note

I've used virtually every brand of boot on this page, with varying degrees of success. The success specifically depended on my fitting the proper boot to my foot, my needs, and my expectations. Sometimes one boot manufacturer had the perfect boot for me, other times they did not.

This all comes down to how often they change styles and models, which is all the freeking time. Thus selecting the best boots/footwear for your specific needs can be moving target as models and styles constantly change.

So stick with the attributes you want, rather than any specific brand. At least check to make sure the new models of your favorite brand has all the attributes you want and expect from the old models.

 

Hiking Boot Construction and Selection

 

Many Options Today
The range of footwear available today indicates we could have Member's Favorites spanning virtually every type of application, for every weight of boot, for every type of trail shoe, and even for those neoprene "socks" some folks are wearing now-a-days.

We are going to break down the different approaches & styles to backpacking footwear simply In the following forums, sticking to the classic, "Heavy, Medium, and Light" classifications. But, we let the market speak for itself, and include or drop catagories of footwear as they rise and fall around these timeless classics.

 

Post Up YOUR Experiences
This section of the forum here is for your general thoughts and approach to footwear to help guide our selections. Sharing of any comments or opinions on construction, style, and durability of various approaches are welcome.

I have strong thoughts on proper footwear, and want to see all the schools of thought and approaches properly vetted here.

The key thing is that you find the footwear that stands-up to the demands of the trail, that it fits your specific trip requirements, as well as meets the unique needs of your feets.

 

My feets be finicky!

 

Plantar Facitis, Corns, breaks, sprains, and some unique frostbite sculpting makes finding the correct setup vital. Oh, you do want to avoid all these things! Footwear selection is critical to prevent long-term problems from arising as well as short term issues.

 

Research

Science has been having an impact on shoe design and construction, which we can see from this list of recent research related to "running shoes."

Eureka Alert Search

We track these types of issues in the Health & Fitness Section.

 

 

Also See


High Sierra Backpacker Gear List

 

Gear List: Boots

 

Hiking Boot Construction and Selection

 

Post up your experiences, backpacking boot & hiking shoe reviews, and your preferences. I'll show you mine (blisters, "deformations," scars, and such...) if you show me yours...

 

 

Check the Other
Member's Favorites

 

Best Internal Framed Packs

 

Best External Framed Backpacks

 

Best Ultra Light Packs

 

Best Backpacking Boots

 

Best Backpacking Socks

 

Best Trekking Poles

 

Best Backpacking Stoves

 

Best Backpacking Cookware

 

Best Backpacking Water Purification

 

Best Backpacking Tents

 

Best Sleeping Bags

 

Best Sleeping Pads

 

Best Backpacking Shirts & Pants

 

Best Backpacking Camp Chairs 

 

Favorite Backpacking Gear Bits

 

Best Backpacking Guitar

 

Find the best gear for you by first knowing what's out there!
See any cool gear? Let us know! 

 

Originally posted
2016-02-05 11:25:21 -0700

 

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