I use many of UL ideas. They are great. But how you guys hike with your running shoes? I've tried that. It nearly ruined my $150 Souconies. In Israel the prices are insane, I know.
I have my old good Asolo PowerMatic 400 with Gore-Tex and vibram.
Weight: 3 lb. 8 oz. pr. OMG!!!
These boots are not lightweight, but what I see from the safety side:
- They does not slip on whatever. You can walk with them on rocks covered with algae in rivers. This is kinda most important. One fall and you're dead.
- There are lots of poisonous snakes and scorpions in our area. With boots it is much safer to hike.
- They perform great when it's cold. And they do not slip on snow/ice
- They perform great also in very hot climate. I hiked a lot Negev Desert with my boots.
- In desert or on my day climbs there are sharp rocks, which I tried to pass with souconies. It's a no go.
- Crossing shallow streams is so easy. No need to go barefoot, no need to suffer from 1 hour walk with wet shoe in cold weather.
Crossing a deep water is a no go for GoreTex boots. I know that. Fortunately (or unfortunately) we don't have here many deep water rivers. In summer most streams are dry.
I've tried to hike 15 miles with my running shoes - I will never do that again. Just because they cost me a lot. Consider all that list of boot pros.
Maybe you know of some good synthetic (not leather) boot, with vibram and relatively lightweight? If GoreTex adds much weight, I can use crocs for water crossing. Anyway for a deep water cross I need them.