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your go to hiking boot?

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Thread Starter 

I've been loyal to my Merrel Moab Ventilators for many years but I am now considering trying out another brand.  What do you guys like?  I'm looking at the Vasque Breeze GTX as a potential. 

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Hikers are like ski boots - get the ones that fit well. For instance, Scarpa and La Spotiva make great hikers, but the fit is way different from Merrels - generally lower volume. A lot of people like Keen, but they are usually pretty high volume.

That said, Lowa makes really nice hikers, and so does Scarpa - very well constructed and durable, kind of best in class.

IME Merrels run sort of medium-high volume, and so so Vasque, The North Face, and Salomon. Those mfr's all make good boots so those would be worth looking at for you if you like the fit of Merrels.
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I've never had a pair of boots fit better than my Asolos.  My feet sing, even on rough, uneven surfaces of rocks, roots, and etc.  On the other hand, my wife hated hers, she couldn't make them work for her feet and has bought new Merrels that she loves.

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I should have added that if you do most of your hiking in AZ and the southern Rockies you may not (probably don't) need GoreTex. It can make for sweaty/stinky feet in dry climates. The PNW or cool northern Rockies, sure, but not for drier climes.
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

Hikers are like ski boots - get the ones that fit well. For instance, Scarpa and La Spotiva make great hikers, but the fit is way different from Merrels - generally lower volume. A lot of people like Keen, but they are usually pretty high volume.

That said, Lowa makes really nice hikers, and so does Scarpa - very well constructed and durable, kind of best in class.

IME Merrels run sort of medium-high volume, and so so Vasque, The North Face, and Salomon. Those mfr's all make good boots so those would be worth looking at for you if you like the fit of Merrels.

 

What Bob said about the fit of a hiking boots.

 

I live in the Northeast, and I like Oboz-brand boots.  I also like Merrell's for everyday wear.  New England hiking is characterized by generally wet forest (mud, streams), tree roots, sharp rocks and occasional rock scrambling.  i.e., keep your feet dry and stable on very uneven terrain.  Not sure how to characterize typical Arizona hiking, so my needs are probably different from yours, but it's a brand to keep in mind.

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I forgot about Oboz - a very good brand with an "American foot" fit. Worth looking at for sure.
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Thread Starter 
Yeah I should provide a little more info on why I am looking at other brands. I am hiking in the desert usually, on trails that can range from sand to very sharp rocks and scree. The Merrels have always fit for me out of the box and the vibram soles provide mountain goat capabilities. They are very well ventilated shoes so I never have soggy feet on even the hottest days. All plus for me. The problem I have with them is they just don't seem to last anymore. After a few month of heavy hiking I really start feeling the rocks through the soles, they often have chunks and gouges in them, and they just don't seem like they have enough all around support. My feet end up sore lately. So I am looking for a boot that might get me some more longevity, that is maybe a little less of a casual hiker than the Merrel. I am fine paying good money if I can get a lot of wear out of them. I know boots are very subjective but I like to hear people's opinions and experiences.
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FWIW- taking into account all the excellent info above, my foot does well in Salomons, the XA PRO 3D (GTX is the Gore-tex version) is an excellent shoe for warmer weather and moderate hiking without much weight. Its light. breathes very well and has a surprising amount of stability and protection on rocky trails. Great traction and grip. I have the non-gore-tex version .  Its a narrower last with a slightly higher arch, the laces tuck into a small pouch on the tongue so they dont come loose or get snagged, 

 

This shoe is on the top of almost every shoe review for light hiking 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by Finndog - 8/26/15 at 10:45am
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Ditto Bob Lee's....it's all about the fit(ie foot-type) and getting more specific....what your target terrain's consistency is like.....if you're mixing hiking with work....or not...BUT I hear you on the sole toughness issue core2.  Many of today's hikers stay within the ever expanding suburban landscape and imho many of the stock soles are made for those mild environs no matter what boots they're connected to...$.01.


Edited by HaveSkisWillClimb - 2/9/16 at 12:55pm
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