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Hiking Boot advice needed

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by jstn, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. Converge

    Converge

    695
    Oct 4, 2014

    I actually saw some of the new Adidas hiking boots last weekend at dicks. They looked pretty nice. No idea how they feel though didn't try them on.
     
  2. jmh33

    jmh33 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    I am SUPER picky about foot ware as I only have 1 foot.. The other is a prosthetic.. I have found that Columbia boots seem to be the best fitting for me.. I have 2 prs of the ones the op has posted in the beginning of this thread.. There is NO such thing as a 1 boot fits all.. I have tried Merrel and KEEN but not for me.. Also if ya find what fits for you and can wear them around in the store for a while all the better.. When I try on boots in the store I walk around for as long as I can to determine what is good and what aint.. JMO!!! John
     
  3. Klutz

    Klutz Gold Member Gold Member

    490
    Apr 1, 2011
    I have had many hiking boots over the years. Most of them wear out too quickly in my opinion. Boots have gone high performance which shortens their longevity. Like running shoes they perform great but over a short period of time and need to be replaced. Limmer out of New Hampshire is going to be my next purchase. They are one of the few boots that can have new soles sewn on. They are old school stiff boots and take a long time to break in. Their light hikers fit my style. However, they are expensive compared to other boots on the market.
     
  4. Cackmandu

    Cackmandu

    196
    Aug 24, 2015
    Thanks guys, this was a very informative thread and while I might have tossed the most important info. I hope I made the right decision for a day hiker that I can also wear from time to time for work! Some of your suggestions were a little out of my price range and after checking out quite a few of the fabric models I just couldn't turn away from the all leather uppers with the metal eyelets opposed to the fabric eyelets, I narrowed it down to the Merrell Moad Mid Rover and the Keen Briggs Mid WP with the Merrells being the best fit of the more than five pairs I tried on. I guess I chose durability and functionality over breathability, hope I made the right decision for a day hiker!
     
  5. T.K.C.

    T.K.C.

    May 7, 2005
    I LOVE Merrell's! My shoes and boots are all Merrell.
     
  6. leghog

    leghog

    Aug 10, 2013
    I just don't get a very long life out of Merrell Moabs. Had two consecutive pair. Great while they lasted but I got low miles out of them. Then went to a pair of Vasque, but even their wides proved too narrow for my feet. After ten months I returned them to REI in exchange for a pair of Keen. It's the long downhill slogs that prove to me if a boot truly fits properly. I'll still pick up another pair of Merrell Moabs when the store around the corner significantly drops their price the week before Christmas and go back to buying as new pair there every December.

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    Last edited: Jul 20, 2016
  7. leghog

    leghog

    Aug 10, 2013
    Exactly.

    And make sure the store/vendor has an excellent return policy as you'll truly not know how will the boots fit until you do a long downhill after your feet have swollen a bit. With boots I cannot stress the return policy enough.
     

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