Trail shoe recommendations

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  1. Oot'n'Boots

    Oot'n'Boots Summit Camper

    Anyone got any recommendations for a good pair of trail shoes for mountainous terrain? I usually wear boots but i bought a pair Meindl respond GTX a couple of months ago but they are mincing up my heels. I think i'll need to try something else , any ideas would be appreciated ..
  2. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Hoka Challenger ATR 5 Wide

    Or Altra Lone Peak
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  3. Oot'n'Boots

    Oot'n'Boots Summit Camper

    Thanks for that Gixer, i'll check them out.
  4. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    Adidas terrex swift gtx for me.
  5. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Whatever suits your feet.
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  6. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    Yup, everyone thinks they're footwear is the best thing about, a lot of it is "fad following" when in reality these days build quality and price are all pretty similar. A lot of failures depend on what they get put through while worn

    I read an article a while back from a loaf stealer who was a podiatrist and triathlete (I think). Unusually for an aussie he spoke a lot of sence :D loads of folk jump on the zero drop shoes because everyone says they're ace, when in reality it's depends on your body/feet/knees for what suit best etc. Trial and error (can be expensive) or get a running shop to do your feet properly. (Definitely not the old idiot foorwear salesman in cotswolds)
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  7. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I like Inov8’s, their standard width is a good fit for my feet. Usually Roclites but I’ve dabbled with other models.
    I’ve been impressed with the long term reviews of the Altras but that big foot box wouldn’t work for my feet and I suspect I’d get friction blister problems.
    Had a pair of GTX Terrex which were like slippers to wear, unfortunately the GTX membrane only lasted a couple of days before failing, I still wore them until they fell apart though.
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  8. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    Personally - I would look out for decent toe boxes if you are doing mountains. I recall stubbing my toe more than often when tiring, which wasn't a problem/noticable in boots, but realised what a pain(!) it was in light Nike trail shoes. I also go for a bit of stiffness so not a shoe you can twist easily in the midsole area. This just helped me when clambering across boulders. The more solid trail shoe may not give you that 'wearing trainers' feel, but high up on rock you might be glad of it.

    On the lighter side I liked my Hedgehogs, and a firmer shoe - my Salomon X ultras.
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  9. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Ready yersen lol....
    Very speculative topic... Like others have said... What suits your feet... I love inov8, icebug, recently got a paint of altra to try and I'm so far impressed....
    Then I have 'barefoot/minimalistic' runners that have their own benefits and downfalls on the hills.
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  10. Oot'n'Boots

    Oot'n'Boots Summit Camper

    Cheers for the input lads, i'll have a look at some of shoes mentioned ..I was just looking to see what maybe was the most popular ..I bought the Meindl's as i have used their boots without any issues but my feet were wrecked with their shoes ..
  11. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Wide feet?
  12. Oot'n'Boots

    Oot'n'Boots Summit Camper

    No, i've never had to buy any wide shoes before Chiseller
  13. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Inov8 do precision fit, which are more suited to narrow feet :thumbsup:
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  14. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Mutton. Lamb.
  15. Oot'n'Boots

    Oot'n'Boots Summit Camper

    Had a look at them.. quite like the look of the Roclite 290s, i might give them a try :thumbsup:
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  16. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I think that's a good starting point, it's average/mid width and then you know if you need wider or narrower.

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