What footwear for outdoor activities should I own?
Jan 1, 2023
M$102 bet
Alice
Alice answered
Microspikes
15%
Alice
Alice answered
Waterproof hiking boots
10%
ian
Ian Philips answered
Xero barefoot sandals
9%
Alice
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Trail runners
9%
Alice
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Hiking shoes
8%
Alice
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Winter boots
7%
Alice
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Climbing shoes
7%
Alice
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Timberland boots
6%
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Approach shoes
5%
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Alice
Microspikes
Alice
Waterproof hiking boots
ian
Ian Philips is betting
Xero baref...t sandals
@Alice boots are overrated and so heavy
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Alice
Alice is betting
Approach shoes
@ian I'm out here hiking in nearly 3-pound boots, hahaha.
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ian
Xero barefoot sandals
ian
They're ultralight and they teach you how to walk as our ancestors did! I backpack in them all the time, have done hundreds of miles in them and love em. I use these: https://xeroshoes.com/shop/sandals/ztrail-men/
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Alice
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Approach shoes
@ian When you say "walk as our ancestors did," is that specifically about zero drop? They look tempting given how light they are, but the Bay has so much poison oak.
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ian
Ian Philips is betting
Xero baref...t sandals
@Alice yup the zero drop and relatively small amount of padding that will make it very obvious when you're walking heels first!
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Alice
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Approach shoes
@ian Got it, thanks for the recommendation! I do tend to heel-strike in normal shoes.
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Alice
Trail runners
Alice
Alice is betting
Approach shoes
It seems like all the through hikers are on the Altra Lone Peak team. I love how lightweight they are, but what about rain? If you hike and backpack in trail runners, do you feel more injury-prone without ankle support?
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Alice
Hiking shoes
Alice
Winter boots
Alice
Alice is betting
Approach shoes
These are just insulated waterproof boots. The tread is fine for city walks but insufficient for backcountry hiking in the winter when trails are icy and steep. Can't I just replace these with waterproof hiking boots and microspikes?
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Alice
Climbing shoes
Alice
Timberland boots
Alice
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Approach shoes
Buying boys' Timberlands was a purely aesthetic decision. I don't do gorpcore and find every other hiking boot to be unacceptably ugly. But the original Timberlands haven't changed much since the Seventies, so they're by far my heaviest gear. They also aren't fully waterproof; the tongue isn't gusseted and rain seeps in. I'm debating whether to replace these with actually waterproof hiking boots, hiking shoes, or trail runners.
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Alice
Approach shoes
Alice
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Approach shoes
My mountain guide recommended I get approach shoes, which are a hybrid between hiking shoes and climbing shoes. Should I hike in hiking boots (or hiking shoes or trail runners) and switch to climbing shoes when it gets technical? Should I do everything in approach shoes? I'm not doing difficult climbs, so maybe the extra traction from approach shoes is all I need? They're not the best choice for mud and slush though, because the soles lack lugs.
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