So I'm in need of some new hiking shoes, but I'm not really sure which way to go.
I have been using New Balance MT101s for the past year or so and have been generally very happy with them - they are lightweight, comfortable, drain really well. My biggest gripe with them though is that they have very poor traction on rocks and hard/slippery surfaces. The hard sole on them does not seem very rubbery so has very little grip and has been particularly unnerving on a few recent trips.
So, I'm basically looking for a 3 season trail runner that has better traction/more agressive tread but is still relatively lightweight and drains well (I'm not one to try to keep my shoes dry).
I am considering going with NB again and giving their MT110s a shot - they seem to have a stickier sole. Or I had been considering turning to Inov-8 shoes, I've heard a lot of good things, though I'm not really sure which model would suit me. After reading RJ's article on backpacking shoes late last year I looked into the Altra Lone Peaks, but subsequent reviews of read say that they soak up a lot of water, which is probably a deal breaker for me. In other words, I dont know.
Any input, ideas, experiences to help me find a good trail runner to use for backpacking would be greatly appreciated!