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Jeffrey A.
(Jeff81) - F
Trail runners on Whitney? on 04/03/2009 18:23:47 MDT Print View

So this summer I'll be hiking Whitney twice. Once in a day hike and another time in a 5 night backpacking trip. Its been a while since I've backpacked and so new shoes are in order. I was hoping to get trail runners rather than heavy duty hiking shoes so that I could use them for shorter hikes after the trips as well. Would trail runners hold up on the 5 day trip alright?

Klas Eklof
(klaseklof) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
yes, if... on 04/03/2009 18:47:49 MDT Print View

Trail runners are great, as long as you are generally staying on the trail system.

If your route to the mountain heads cross-country over some of the interesting sierra passes, the runners may leave a little to be desired.

- Klas

Edited by klaseklof on 04/03/2009 18:52:44 MDT.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Trail runners on Whitney? on 04/03/2009 18:51:56 MDT Print View

As above, trail runners are just fine. It's what I wear in my last two hikes up Whitney.

Jeff Jeff
(TwoFortyJeff) - F
... on 04/03/2009 18:58:00 MDT Print View

They'll work just fine. Note that they usually have crappy traction compared to boots, so you may have less confidence on the rocks.

Brian Lewis
(brianle) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
Re: Trail runners on Whitney? on 04/05/2009 19:37:19 MDT Print View

"Would trail runners hold up on the 5 day trip alright?"

I through-hiked the PCT in trail runners last year, including Whitney/JMT portion in early June. 5 pairs got me 2600+ miles, using a shoe that's regarded as poor for durability (Golite Sundragon II's) so one pair of trail runners will surely last you 5 days (!).

In fact, trail runners or similar shoes have become the most common choice for long distance backpackers, no worries on that score. If you're still uncertain, bring a little extra duct tape.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Trail runners on Whitney? on 04/05/2009 19:44:14 MDT Print View

You will be fine with trail runners. That is what I used a few years ago. Just watch you foot placings. Some of the those rocks can hurt. Other than that, your feet will love you!!!

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Trail runners on Whitney? on 04/06/2009 01:17:28 MDT Print View

I agree.

In 2007 I did the High Sierra Trail from Sequoia National Park to Mt. Whitney going 70 miles with Innov8 Terroc 330's without a problem.

I do find that the Innov-8, which are the only brand of trail runners that I have used (I am on my 3rd pair...2 pair Terrocs and now using 295s) and I find that 200 miles on them is what I am getting.

In that sense, I am disappointed in the short tread life of the sole....the rest of the shoe has done very well.

-Tony