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jose canseco
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I went with the trail runners. Honestly, I never heard of Merrell before I walked in store. I found a pair that felt comfortable and Google them in the store. They had a pic of hiking, jogging and playing soccer. I bought them because I wanted shoes that I can wear more than once every year.

That were marked with Vibram, so I guess they are part of that minimalist craze. Never had a pair of shoes like that, so I gave it a try. Love them. Went jogging with them when I got back home and still feel great.

Ran about $120. Also easy to clean. Jumped in the pool with them to clean of after hike. Dry and brand new next day. Sorry, can't find pic.


meeple
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I would say so. If you are carrying a heavy pack you need more support on your feet. So the high top boots you don't like are gonna be more what you want.

I only expect to be carrying child part of the time. He's about 35 lb and 4 yrs old, so he'll be walking a good bit of the time on his own.


tennessee391
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Nurse,

They're wonderful!

OP, it's pretty straightforward but the heavier the load (backpack, child, etc) the more support you want.. which would lead more towards the higher boots.


RogerTheShrubber
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ETA: What do the OT hikers think of hiking with trail runners?


Depends on the trail. I destroyed my Adidas trail runners in three months hiking on uneven rocks.


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shawnlsu
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lsunurse
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OP, it's pretty straightforward but the heavier the load (backpack, child, etc) the more support you want.. which would lead more towards the higher boots.




Yep....also, if he is carrying a child on his back he really wants to make sure he gets hiking shoes with good treads on them. He def doesn't want to slip on a trail and cause his kid to tumble out as well.





I got lucky and scored a pair of high top boots that I've only worn once(I will need to break them in more before I start backpacking) and a pair of replacement Merrells at REI's garage sale a couple months ago for $35 total. That's $300 worth of shoes....for $35


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jose canseco
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re: Shoes (boots?) to wear hiking
Btw, this was a very uneven trail on the way to Gem Lake. My ankles were sore the next day, but after 9 miles and no trail conditioning, I think my ankles would hurt regardless.

They were not the 5 toes merrell/vibram combo.


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meeple
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Thanks for the answers. The most terrain I'm likely to encounter is the North Kaibab trail in the Grand Canyon. Everything else is well-worn paths. Not sure if that helps in the case of trying to NOT wear big boots.
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iLikeMike
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ETA: What do the OT hikers think of hiking with trail runners?


My husband and I both hike in new balance trail runners. Perfect IMO. They're light and dry out really quickly (which I LOVE) and have really good grip.
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