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Lightweight Mid Hiking Boot
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Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: Re: Lightweight Mid Hiking Boot on 05/28/2013 20:41:15 MDT Print View

DARN!!! If they were 10's, I'd take them off your hands, $20 shipping/pair and all.

Jade Willcoxon
(H2Oboy) - M

Locale: Midwest
Love Saloman's... on 05/28/2013 22:52:32 MDT Print View

I run in them (XA Pro 3D), hike/light pack in them(Synapse), and heavy pack in them(Cosmic 4D).

There's something about their last that makes them perfect for my feet. I would guess that, since some other brands that get high acclaim make my feet hurt, this means Saloman's aren't for everyone. I'd be sure to try a pair on, before you order them, if you're thinking about going that route.

Every Saloman I have used has fit me perfectly and I have never gotten a single blister from any of them. Light as heck too. I feel like I'm walking on air. They make a line called the Synapse that is a mid. It is my go to (in the non-gortex variety) for 3-season backpacking in the Rockies. It comes in either GTX or breathable.

They also make a lightweight full length (1lb 6ozs for a full length Gortex seems light to me anyway) called the Cosmic 4D GTX that has gotten mixed reviews. But it has been very successful as my long trip (heavy pack due to food weight) during the shoulder seasons. Great support and protection and a great heal and toebox.

(Joomy) - M
Re: Re: Re: Lightweight mid hiking boot on 05/30/2013 03:03:25 MDT Print View


Just tried those Crossers on and they are sweet! A bit more sensitive under foot than I expected, but super light (1.1kg for my bigfoot size 47s; I asked the cute staffer to weigh them and felt like a total BPL nerd) and super comfy. I'm pretty much sold, thanks for the heads up.

Edited by Joomy on 05/30/2013 09:15:16 MDT.

Danton Rice
(drice) - M

Locale: Bozeman
Re: Re: Re: Lightweight mid hiking boot on 05/30/2013 08:32:38 MDT Print View

Joomy - Glad you liked the Crosser. I thought it was a little flexy underfoot and put Superfeet green insoles in and now they are perfect. I particularly like the rounded toe box, the approach shoe style toe boxes that seems popular in these types of boots / shoes does not work for me.

I've tried every mid-height mentioned on this thread including a few others (Salewa Alp Trainers, etc.) and the the new Crosser is the best I've found even with the GTX.

Best non-GTX I've tried were the Zamberlan Trekkers. All leather but pretty light, mid cut and no Gore Tex. Super well made boot in the lighter range (looks like they are on sale on

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
garmont on 05/30/2013 08:56:00 MDT Print View

the garment zenith mids are a nice boot. come in GTX and non-GTX... non-gtx on sale at


Steve Meier
(smeier) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Asolo's on 05/30/2013 14:39:30 MDT Print View

Thanks, everyone, for some great suggestions and feedback. I ordered the Solomon's and as someone said above, there is a significant heel drop that doesn't feel right, so those are going back. I also ordered the Asolo Piuma's and I've never put on a boot that felt more like a slipper. Light, very flexible, super comfortable, and also non-WP, which was my initial request for help. Now I just need to get some miles in them to see how they feel on the trail.

Jade Willcoxon
(H2Oboy) - M

Locale: Midwest
I've heard great things about them... on 05/30/2013 15:22:15 MDT Print View

Haven't tried Asolo's yet. But, from what I've read, if their last is right for your foot, you're a lucky man. Everything I read about them reflects a high quality, tough, durable product. If I ever go looking for something different, Asolo and La Sportiva are the two at the top of my list to try.

Congrats on finding your fit and have a great trip!

Derrick White
(miku) - MLife

Locale: Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
+1 Solomon XA Pro 3D Mid GTX Ultra Trail Running Shoe on 05/30/2013 18:50:36 MDT Print View

I have the Solomons. Fit is great. Forms to foot and light. I don't have a lot of miles on them but they appear to be well made.


Bill (L.Dog) Garlinghouse
(WJGhouse) - MLife

Locale: Western Michigan
Those new Asolo Piumas on 07/22/2013 07:32:50 MDT Print View

I ordered a pair of the Asolo Piumas (on discount from Oregon Mountain Community). I haven't found any independent reviews on them yet, but I had tried them on at an outfitter whilst hiking an AT section this last summer and found them to be a good fit for my foot.

I found them to be a departure from most of Asolo's designs. They are light for mid-height boots, at just over 15 ozs a pair. Asolo touts a more anatomical design with a "Natural Shape" footbed and sole. I found the toe box to be nice and wide, and the heel narrow enough to cradle mine perfectly. And, they do not have a waterproof lining.

Have only worn them around the house for a few hours, and so cannot give any real insights as to comfort or on-trail performance ...

Asolo's US Site:

Asolo Piuma

Edited by WJGhouse on 07/22/2013 07:44:11 MDT.

Sam Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
Mid for Kilmanjaro on 07/22/2013 13:30:51 MDT Print View

Have tried dozens of boots, and could not find good quality mids that fit and would keep my feet dry. So went to so-so quality with GTX liners - NB Country Walkers(gasp!).
Mostly leather with a fabric bellows tongue area that can be protected with gaiters, much less clammy then proprietary WPBs like Keene, and they fit my screwy feet. With the 5/32" avg. tread and so-so quality, they will wear out quickly and have to be replaced, but meet the basics needs for comfortable fit, dryness when the leather is kept treated and used with gaiters, and not too clammy. Had to sacrifice traction and durability, though.

You are lucky if you are one of those whose feet fit most boots. Then you have much better choices. But suggest avoiding the many ones that have fabric that extend far enough outside the tongue area to not be coverable by gaiters. Every mesh fabric boot I've tried that allows rain to pour directly on the outer, leaks in heavy rain no matter what WPB liner is used. Danner uses fabric that is heavier and not mesh, and works OK with regular DWR treatment, but the boots are heavy. So now that there are very light leather boots, I've gone back to leather.

Charles P
(mediauras) - F

Locale: Terra
Re: Those new Asolo Piumas on 07/24/2013 12:39:09 MDT Print View

I've been eying the Piumas all summer. How is the fit/ sizing? Pretty much true to size? I may order a pair this week. Thx.