Lots of companies make Thinsulate insulated hiking boots with a Gore-tex liner, but not many make them in the weight
range of a trail runner. For people that hate boots and avoid them at any cost (I’m one) this shoe may expand what
you can do in the cold and wet!
To my mind, these may be close to the perfect winter day-tripping shoe in all but the coldest weather - even a long
distance shoe in a mixture of mud, snow, and crud. All you need to add is an Integral Designs eVENT gaiter (or a
spring gaiter). If the snow is hard and steep or there is ice, add some Kahtoolas. You’ll be set for anything short
of vert ice and arctic cold.
Mid-cut trail runner / light hiker (very low cut)
Weight: 2 lb 7 oz, men’s size 9
200 g Thinsulate insulation
EVA midsole with TPU plate
"Vasque Spindrift Trail Runners: Thinsulate insulated with Gore-tex First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)," by Alan Dixon. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/vasque_spindrift_outdoor_retailer_winter_market_2005.html, 2005-01-29 03:00:00-07.