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John Peterson
(skik2000) - F

Locale: Austin, TX
What is your preferred footwear in the Winds? on 05/09/2012 15:20:04 MDT Print View

What does everyone use? I'm going on a week long trip in July/August and am likely going to pick up a new pair of shoes. Right now I've got an old pair of Montrail shoes and some heavy weight Asolo leathers. I'm probably looking at something like the Montrail AT Plus or some mids with Gore Tex. Of the 7 days 2 of them will be off trail. The only reason I'm thinking of mids w/Gore Tex is because anything can happen weather wise in the Rockies. Otherwise, it'd be a trail runner or light hiker.

What do you use?

Gabriel Pramuk
(gpramuk) - F

Locale: West
trailrunners on 05/09/2012 17:02:39 MDT Print View

I was happy in 07 Hardrocks a couple years ago. And I was off trail up in Titcomb Basin, Knapsack Col. Mid July, decent snow year. I did have a couple fords that I would rather not do barefoot. And luckily, it didn't rain on me... much. A couple afternoon thundershowers.

Brian Lewis
(brianle) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
pretty rocky trail on 05/10/2012 10:23:44 MDT Print View

When I read the thread title I thought in terms of trail surface and not of weather. I used trail runners, but I use those everywhere. You will cross some creeks; I recall walking through one creek while a big group was spread out along the bank in process of taking off or putting back on their heavy boots.

But it is some rocky trail in there. I still favor trail runners, but for someone on the fence about footwear, it might be an area where they would incline towards some sort of boot.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
What is your preferred footwear in the Winds? on 05/10/2012 10:33:27 MDT Print View

My personal experience is that I find trail runners much more stable than boots. However, while I do some off trail hiking, I avoid talus (more concern for my dog than for myself). Low gaiters are a good thing to have to keep gunk out of your shoes, to say nothing of keeping mosquitoes from biting through your sock tops.

It might help to know that Wind River guidebook author Nancy Pallister wears a crampon-compatible low cut shoe, even for climbing. And there are tons of streams and bogs to cross. Per Nancy: "Your feet will get wet in the Winds." Might as well have a fast-drying shoe!

Edited by hikinggranny on 05/10/2012 11:05:21 MDT.

John Peterson
(skik2000) - F

Locale: Austin, TX
shoes on 05/10/2012 11:00:02 MDT Print View

"I still favor trail runners, but for someone on the fence about footwear, it might be an area where they would incline towards some sort of boot."

I botched my original post. I'd rather a low cut shoe but the debate comes in due to weather. Gore Tex seems unnecessary for a low cut shoe because water will just come in from the top. That is why I proposed a mid GTX. If your feet get wet they will obviously get pretty cold and that might not be ideal in the high country. I guess during the summer the temps still stay high enough that you are fine while walking and just need to change into dry socks once you get to camp.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Re: What is your preferred footwear in the Winds? on 05/10/2012 11:02:44 MDT Print View

I did the Wind River Crest Trail as described in Backpacker magazine last year in late August in NB trail runners with no problem.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: shoes on 05/10/2012 11:44:54 MDT Print View

http://andrewskurka.com/2012/minimizing-the-effects-and-aftermath-of-wet-feet/

http://andrewskurka.com/2012/why-waterproof-shoes-will-not-keep-your-feet-dry/

Edited by annapurna on 05/10/2012 11:48:03 MDT.

John Peterson
(skik2000) - F

Locale: Austin, TX
shoes on 05/10/2012 11:50:53 MDT Print View

Nice link, thanks.