Hiking shoes

  • Latenight30

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    Mar 08, 2012 2:23 PM GMT
    I have a friend who is looking for a pair of hiking shoes/boots. He wants to use them locally here in GA but is also going to do 2 weeks in the amazon.
    I have suggested more of a shoe style like a Keen or a Merrel.
    I have some 1/4 boots that are Columbia and I like them but after a long hike in the heat, they are a bit heavy but they do offer a lot of protection.

    Thanks for the input.
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    Mar 08, 2012 4:03 PM GMT
    About 6 years ago I bought a pair of hiking shoes (not boots) from Vasque -- light weight, cool & ventilated, well styled and durable. But the best part was that the sole was designed to maintain traction when wet. This has made a big difference when crossing streams on wet rocks, climbing, balancing on wet logs, and that sort of thing.
  • LJay

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    Mar 08, 2012 5:31 PM GMT
    Vasque and Merrell both make great stuff.

    You might send him to REI online. He could tell them where he is going to hike and they would have good advice. Also great service.
  • FredMG

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    Mar 08, 2012 5:42 PM GMT
    Or even better, he could go into REI, and get fitted for hiking boots, as everybody has different feet. I work at REI and "hate" to spend my free time promoting the Co-Op, but I've also had years of listening to customers' complaints about buying things online and un-tried etc.
  • Latenight30

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    Mar 08, 2012 5:52 PM GMT
    Totally Pro REI. I have totally been befriended by someone there and he has never steered me wrong
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    Mar 08, 2012 5:59 PM GMT
    Ha I was gonna say Keen or Merrell. I still wear my Merrells to go backpacking and I have had them- gosh - at least 7 years and done tons of hiking trips with them. Just tell him to be on the safe side to get in soles so they are more comfortable.
  • laxdude25

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    Mar 08, 2012 6:53 PM GMT
    I spent two weeks in the Amazon a few years back, and if suitability to the Amazon is an important criteria then he should definitely focus on getting "shoes" that are lightweight, can manage plenty of moisture and will rinse/dry off fast. I'd second the REI recommendation, by phone or in person.
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    Mar 08, 2012 11:36 PM GMT
    A friend had a pair of LL Bean cresta hiking boots. We are the same boot size, so I tried them on, They fit like a glove !! I ordered a pair and have been happy and blister free since !!
    LL Bean even sent me a notice that some of the boots had been defected, so if I noticed a defect to send them back.
    I thought that good of them to cover their own ass first, but my boots were fine !!
  • chi_rock

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    Mar 08, 2012 11:45 PM GMT
    My Merrells seems fairly indestructable. Comfortable too.
  • LJay

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    Mar 09, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
    I have a couple of pairs of Limmers, but you have to look well ahead for that.

    Since the days when I was hiking, trail boots and shoes have gotten a lot lighter and more flexible. A lot depends on the sort of hiking he will do and how much weight is involved. While he looks for shoes he should also be schooled in socks. Socks can make or break the game!

    PS--FredPDX, you work for a fine outfit. Have been a coop member for a long time and have never had anything but the best advice and products. Keep up the good work.
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    Apr 04, 2012 7:59 AM GMT
    I will agree 100% with REI, but I would recommend going to a store instead if one is close enough. Expert advice, but you can try them on to get the right feel. They also have a terrain ramp for you to walk up and down to get a better idea if it feels comfortable in the backcountry.