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post #1 of 33
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So, I plan to take up hiking, now that I'm 50# lighter. Nothing extreme, just 1-several mile trips, rocky/sandy terrain. I plan to hike into some easy accessible local sights, eat lunch (I have a good day pack that carries plates, silverware, cups, wine, water), and hike back out. So really, nothing extreme.

Price is not a big factor, just want some brands/models to research for me and Mrs. Piob.
post #2 of 33
lol @ lost Pio survival tactics

post #3 of 33
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^ I see no wine there.
post #4 of 33
bro says look for breathability and lightness and don't bother with high ankles as low cut is fine. Try patagonia and merrill.
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post
bro says look for breathability and lightness and don't bother with high ankles as low cut is fine.

If he has a brand or two to look at, let me know.
post #6 of 33
For day hikes with a light pack I use trail running shoes. Boots are for month long trips with 75lb packs.
post #7 of 33
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If he has a brand or two to look at, let me know.

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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post
bro says look for breathability and lightness and don't bother with high ankles as low cut is fine. Try patagonia and merrill.

those are brands!
post #8 of 33
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Originally Posted by turboman808 View Post
For day hikes with a light pack I use trail running shoes. Boots are for month long trips with 75lb packs.

+1 I wore the Patagonia Release all summer, several short hikes weekly for two months and they still look like new. Very comfortable too.

http://www.zappos.com/patagonia-release-llama-brown
post #9 of 33
Have had a couple pairs of Salomon lows and been really happy. Great on the trail, around town in crappy weather, have even used them at the gym when I'm travelling. Totally comfortable & no break in needed.
post #10 of 33
Go to a hiking store and try a bunch on. Nobody's recommendation is going to magically work for your feet.

Trail runners are fine, but if you are going to cross rivers/streams, you may want gore-tex. Also I like having ankle support personally.
post #11 of 33
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post
bro says look for breathability and lightness and don't bother with high ankles as low cut is fine. Try patagonia and merrill.

+1 on merrells and the low cut. You don't really need the ankle support unless you plan on carrying a heavy pack. Goretex isn't needed for what your doing unless you plan on doing a lot of hiking in the snow. For warm weather breathability is much better. If you get to a stream take them off and put on a cheap pair of flip flops. Cross the stream and then put the boots back on.
post #12 of 33
Do you plan on doing a lot of declivity? Rocky terrain, and declivity, I can't do without ankle support.
I wear a pair Lowa and my wife has a pair of Meindl. But these are not "light" by any means...
!luc
post #13 of 33
I really like Kayland's line of hiking boots, Zephyr or Vertigo. They can be hard to find to try out in person.
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post #15 of 33
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Thanks for the suggestions. Researching this weekend.
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