Hi All...first off I'd just like to say THANK YOU to everyone whose posts I've read with great pleasure over the last few months as a lurker. Your advice has been stellar and much appreciated! As somebody who runs a long standing travel community, I'm very impressed with the knowledge and helpfulness here! I'm sure I'll be spending a lot of time here and hope to be able to give a little something back, though I'm definitely not as experienced as some of you guys...like the shirtless dude on pointy elf skis :)
Anyway...let's get to the question - hope that maybe someone can help me with.
I'll be doing about 5 nights of the JMT at the end of the month and trying to get my pack down as much as possible. With food, 2 liters of water, bear can and all the rest my trailhead weight will be around 30. (I know I can get it down once I get a lighter pack etc.) So I'm ditching the boots that I sometimes use and will be using what I usually use for the routine hikes etc. Northface Hedgehog - they seem to fit my foot perfectly and I can usually just use them out of the box. My current ones are trashed and I'm getting a new pair.
For the JMT hike, I wanted to get the regular Hedgehogs that I usually use - which of course they don't make anymore. The heir apparent is the Hedgehog Guide. One version is GTX, which I'm NOT getting thanks to the excellent advice I've seen here. The version I want to get is not GTX, but it says it's 'waterproof'.
A breathable, lightweight, waterproof hiker.
Breathable, abrasion-resistant mesh upper.
Seamless, welded synthetic overlays.
Breathable fabric lining for a great in-shoe feel.
My question is, does anybody know if this means it's just a crappy version of Goretex but with the same problems of heat and foot maceration or does this mean it's just marketing speak for some fabric coating or whatever?
I can't seem to find detailed enough specs....anyone have any thoughts? I don't want super hot, sweaty, prune feet, but the Hedgehogs otherwise work great for me!
Thanks in advance for your help and sorry for the long message....it's my first.