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  1. #1
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    Light to midweight boot recs

    It's been a while since I've bought a proper pair of hiking boots having gotten by mostly on beater athletic shoes for a few years. Looking for something in the lightweight to medium weight category with decent ankle support (both my ankles are pretty prone to rolling if I'm not careful.) They don't need to be crazy burly since they'll be used mostly for day hikes and camping, but I'd like them to be suitable for a couple of days out on the trail in a row should the mood strike me. Breathable water proofing is a nice-to-have but not a must.

    One big note: I really can't stand the look of most hikers. To me they feel like their designs were lifted straight out of 1994 - way chunky and way over-patterned. See: most of the offerings from mainstays like Keen, Merrell, etc. The current leading candidates that suit my tastes are the Salomon Predict Hike Mid Gore-Tex on the lightweight side, and the Danner Trail 2650 Mid GTX on the midweight.
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    Any other recommendations or general thoughts on where else to look?

  2. #2
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    Mar 2020
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    I use Salomon X-Ultra Mid height boots. They're great. Like gore-tex basketball shoes.

  3. #3
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    Avoid Danner - they look cool but the quality isn’t there anymore.

    Im a fan of Hoka’s offerings.

    I avoid goretex footwear personally. My feet sweat too much, gtx shoes get stinky. And you end up wearing through the gtx liner at some point… if it’s wet enough to soak a shoe I prefer my xtratufs.




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  4. #4
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    Nice info

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