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Feet: Dry and Dity vs. Moist and Clean
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Bob Gabbart
(bobg) - F
Feet: Dry and Dity vs. Moist and Clean on 10/26/2006 09:19:59 MDT Print View

The general consensus on this site is that it is better to hike in highly breathable shoes such as non-gore trail runners than shoes with gortex. The thinking is that it keeps your feet dryer and thus blister free. However, there are other causes to blisters such as dirt causing abrasion. Using shoes with gortex keep your feet cleaner since dirt doesn't get in (if combined with gaiters.) I've personally found that dirt in my shoes is a larger cause of blisters than moister. Any thoughts?

Graeme Finley
(gfinley001) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: Feet: Dry and Dity vs. Moist and Clean on 10/26/2006 14:56:04 MDT Print View

I had exactly this issue a few weeks ago when I went backpacking in the Sierras. I wear non-GoreTex Montrail Hardrocks and usually hike in the Mid-Atlantic where trails aren't too dusty/sandy. My feet got very grimy in the toe box area and I ended up getting blisters between my toes (which I've never had before).

I still like my shoes for the breathability and ability to walk across streams without changing shoes and have them dry quickly, but next time in the Sierras I'll tape my toes before I start. What I'd really like is something like my Dirty Girl gaiters that covers the entire front of the shoe, not just the rear half.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Feet: Dry and Dity vs. Moist and Clean on 10/26/2006 16:33:41 MDT Print View

Open breathing shoes every time.
My secret is to wear some Wigwam liners then a pair of thick Darn Tough Vermont socks. Yeah, dust gets through, but it never worries me.
Dry feet? Rarely! We walk through or down too many rivers. The DTVs lap it up.