I got a pair of Scarpa Eigers. Too stiff for trail but great for off trail. I can live for weeks in steep rocky slopes with these on. They are good for trekking.
Insoles go a long way for happy feet at days end. They keep my arches from collapsing. Some are cushy and some hard, all have high arch support. I use several different kinds and change them often.
I also take aspirin at night to keep down the swelling so I can slip my boots on the next morning.
I can also use opinions in this area, anybody?
If I'm packing light or just hiking...I like wearing trail shoes instead of boots...My feet receive a lot more cushioning and because they are lighter, my legs don't wear out as fast. I wouldn't recommend trail shoes if you're looking for ankle support though.
Thanks for your input.I like the 8" boots in "Gortex",with a verry agressive knobby sole and have a pair of real silk sox under a pair of cotton.I never get blisters.I learned that in the service when I saw a guy put on a pair of short nylon socks under his regular socks.My feet always were sore running through the swamps and always having wet feet.
As far as the pian,I'm a firm beleaver in the supplement MSM (methyluslfonyl-methane) It takes care of my Arthure.HI.HI.Awfull tasting stuff. It's kind of one of those cure alls. Lp.
Three years ago I was in your shoes (well, not literally, but in reality I was wearing Rocky Stalkers). The backpack weighed 63 lbs loaded and within 3 miles on a remote trail I knew that upon my return to civilization I would get appropriate footwear. My trail companion suggested Vasque, but I have wide feet and these boots were not for me. I purchased LL Bean Leather Cresta Hikers. These boots have provided very good support with a remarkably easy break in period. Last winter I purchased Merrill Explorer III hiking boots. These also were very easy to break in and provide excellent support, with better traction on ice and snow than the Cresta Hikers. However, the leather is thicker and capable of taking more trail abuse on the Cresta Hikers, standing up to scree and rocks better. Please note that the Merrills have not broken down, but they do scuff and cut more easily than the Hikers. I walk about 200 miles per year, year round, with an 85 lb exercise load, and both boots have held up. Most of this is on backwoods trails, although, while the flies and mosquitos are active, I stay on paved trails. In addition, these boots also see about 40-60 miles of backwoods trekking each year. Both boots appear capable of giving me at least a couple more years of service.
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