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christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
SOTM shoes for JMT-ish stuff on 03/17/2014 11:13:12 MDT Print View

Yes I know sorry I know there's a bunch of threads on shoes, but I figured its time for a refresh with the latest stuff on the market.
I'm still using merrell moab mids...and need to finally make the change to trail runners. Help!

What's everyone using these days?

Nathan Watts
(7sport) - MLife
Re: SOTM shoes for JMT-ish stuff on 03/17/2014 20:22:59 MDT Print View

Inov-8 x-talon 190 for muddy/snowy stuff

Inov-8 f-lite 195 for steep and/or wet slabby type stuff

Salomon s-lab Sense for longer stuff

Edit: none of these are remotely new models. Just what I've found that I like personally. I've tried dozens of different models of shoes, but nothing new from the past couple of years. I'm happy for now.

Edited by 7sport on 03/17/2014 20:25:35 MDT.

shoe on 03/17/2014 20:29:59 MDT Print View

The most popular shoe out there for hiking today is probably the Brooks Cascadia. That doenst mean its good for you, or that its a great shoe. It may just be light, and readily available, and fit many people good enough.

Many BPL hikers would tend toward something more minimal.

Edited by livingontheroad on 03/17/2014 20:30:44 MDT.

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Wide feet? on 03/18/2014 00:50:51 MDT Print View

Sounds like the cascadias run narrow. :(
Any comparable that are a bit wider?

Checking out those inov-8 options now...

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: SOTM shoes for JMT-ish stuff on 03/18/2014 01:55:16 MDT Print View

What other people are wearing really means nothing - for you.
Above all else, you should first find out what size and what width your feet are, and then quite ruthlessly look only at that size and larger.
All else is suffering.


Kevin S.
Agree with others...individual preference. on 03/18/2014 05:05:49 MDT Print View

I agree with others, there is no right answer for shoes - they are very much a personal preference. I wear brooks for running - but I am just a casual runner for fitness - 5 mile max. They did not work for longer use. I have an odd shaped foot, narrow heel, flatter arch, and wide forefoot. The brooks fit fine in the heel had a decent arch support, and were narrow in the forefoot. I tried New balance, and they were the opposite, although I prefer them for daily wearing, if I get an EE wide, the heel slips.

I am currently trying addidas AX1. They were 75% off after christmas when a local outdoor store was clearing out old inventory. Very good ventilation, decent arch support, narrow heel, and a little more roomy in the forefoot - although I had to go a 1.5 sizes up from my daily shoes. I only have about 40 trail miles, and so far they seem fine.

I still have yet to try Innov8, and they are next on my list to try.

Richard Reno
(scubahhh) - M

Locale: White Mountains, mostly.
Vasque Pendulum? on 03/18/2014 05:53:20 MDT Print View

They work well for me, mostly in NH and VT.

The toebox is wide; the soles are a good balance between grippy and durable (for me); and they drain well. They might run a little small and they are NOT barefoot-style; the have a 4 mm. drop. I get about half a season or maybe 500 miles out of them,and the soles seem to wear out before the uppers. The only real downside seems ot be the inner liners, whicha re great to ebgin with but don't last. I just replace dhtem whent hey got funky.

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Thanks on 03/18/2014 15:52:24 MDT Print View

Thanks guys.
Yeah I know everyones feet are different...I think I'm just overwhelmed by all the options so I was hoping to narrow it down a bit.
I can't seem to find a store around here that has a decent brooks or inov-8 selection.
I'll keep lookin.

shoes on 03/18/2014 18:35:31 MDT Print View

order from zappos or running warehouse. They both have free 2 day shipping and free return shipping. Try out all you like. Running warehouse also shows you how a shoe fits compared to what you may be currently wearing.

Edited by livingontheroad on 03/18/2014 19:04:06 MDT.