I'm looking into a new set of shoes following the principals in this series:
My hope is to find lightweight and breathable, that would serve me for snowshoeing, hiking in shallow snow (adding waterproof/insulation layers) and if possible, also for hiking in dry conditions. I guess in essence I'm looking for an all year around trail shoe, if that's possible. I won't actually be running, and will be going up and down hilly/rocky areas.
The problem I'm running into is that there are so many options, that I'm not sure how to proceed. A couple questions I have: 1. What sort of soles should I get? Some trail runners have studs, even some with metal inserts that supposedly grip better on ice. Are those recommended or would they wear out to quickly on off-trail hikes? 2. Should there be any "re-enforced areas"?
I've listed a few examples of ones I've looked at but I'm open to anything:
Inov-8 Oroc 340 http://www.inov-8.com/New/UK/Product-View-Oroc-340.html?L=27
Inov-8 Roclite 315 http://www.inov-8.com/New/UK/Product-View-Roclite-315.html?L=27
New Balance 921 http://www.altrec.com/new-balance/mens-921-outdoor-water-shoe
Montrail AT Plus http://www.montrail.com/Men%27s-AT-Plus%E2%84%A2/GM2082,default,pd.html
Montrail Mountain Masochist http://www.montrail.com/Men%27s-Mountain-Masochist%E2%84%A2/GM2077,default,pd.html