Gear Reviews - Footwear

I took the shoes out of the box and gave them a quick look. Flexing them side to side forward and back. They seemed pretty sturdy but I am always skeptical about trail shoes. I have forever been a boot guy. My favorite pair of boots is an old heavily used pair of ECCO Ulterra […]

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The Oboz Scapegoat Low shoes are a versatile, breathable, and light weight hiker. These have been perfect for the summer and fall temps here in the Arizona mountains.  The breathable mesh allows them to dry quicker than your average hiking boot if you happen to get them wet and they allow your feet to breathe and stay […]

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Socks may not be the most exciting thing to review however for any hiker socks are just as important as your backpack. If your feet are not happy then neither are you. Wigwam has been in the sock business since the early 1900s. Technology has changed and so have the needs of the people who […]

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The Oboz Mendenhall shoes are for more than just wearing them to work. They also can lead you down some great hiking trails. I have been extremely impressed with these shoes. I have been wearing them for months now as my daily shoe and sometimes after work you just need to hit the trails to […]

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Wearing gaiters adds weight to your legs or to your pack when you take them off.  I have reluctantly changed my mind over the past few months. Wearing light weight quick dry hiking pants while hiking is something I have always done to help protect my legs and feet. One of the things that the […]

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Some products take longer to test than others. With the Hanz Waterproof Gloves and Socks I tested them in both winter conditions and spring conditions. I played in the snow with the gloves shoveling driveways in Iowa and the socks were taken to the depths of the Grand Canyon and used while splashing around in […]

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Footwear for hikers has come a long way in a very short time. In a not so distance past all hikers had to choose from was different brands of leather boots. Now there is everything from full leather boots to synthetic trail running shoes. Many are waterproof others are not. It all depends on what activity you are doing and what your needs are.

I have been a huge advocate of boots in years past but with the tech changing and materials becoming lighter stronger and more durable I have decided that trail shoes might not be as evil as I thought they might be. I have tried several out this past summer and now bring you a look at the Adidas AX 2 GTX.

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As hikers we spend a large amount of time on our feet and having happy feet is very important to our passions. I have tried many different pairs of socks made of many different materials. I have tested everything from bison  to alpaca and everything in between. There are so many different types of socks […]

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I really like testing new technologies especially when it pertains to footwear. The Jambu Tundra is a new shoe that is full of innovative tech. Fit for a trail running shoe but strong enough to be considered for long distance backpacking. So a mesh shoe is not considered new tech however the traction on this […]

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Over the past few weeks I have been testing out the Ahnu Men’s Mount Tam Air Mesh shoes. Ahnu has been overhauling their shoe designs to allow the shoes to be worn in the city, but be rugged enough to hold up to anything the trail might throw at them. The Mount Tam Air Mesh […]

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In the middle of winter it seems that I can never keep my feet warm. Also if you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I really like my footwear and socks. The past several years we have seen a big surge of small cottage companies who are making socks. […]

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As hikers and backpackers we have experienced merino wool in many types of clothing especially our socks. The most common is Merino is wicking, quick drying, and antimicrobial. There is a new sock contender in the market. The entire line of socks are made from Alpaca yarn. Cleverly named Alpacor® the Ausangate sock company is […]

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The Columbia Men’s Bugaboot boot was given to a few of the #omniten guys to test out during the #omnigames. I was one of the lucky guys who got a pair. A very comfortable medium weight super warm water proof boot. We were told by Columbia that we would be given a pair of boots […]

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Out of the box and directly onto my feet. The Columbia Conspiracy™ OutDry Shoe is comfortable light wight and an all around great shoe. These trail runners are made for adventures both on and off the trail.  Built with Columbia’s OutDry water proofing and the Techlite midsole.  I had no idea what to expect when trying […]

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I have had the opportunity to test out a brand new boot by Hi-Tec called the Sierra Trek WP. These boots are classified as light hiking.  I choose to wear the boots for several days around town, at work, playing with the dogs in the yard to break them in a little before hitting the trail. Once they […]

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The Merrel Refuge Core Mid Ventilator boot was tested in the follow ways. 1. During a normal work day 2. Walking 6 miles in the city around the neighborhood no pack 3. Hiking 6 miles with a 40lb pack with water food the works. Not only are they are great looking boot they also are […]

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This past weekend I was able to get the final hike in testing out the Injinji toe socks for the completion of Sock Off 2011.  The weather here in the mid west has been very strange and thus allowing me to get in one last hike before the year is over. My overall first impression […]

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The timberland Radler Camp Shoe is one of my favorite purchases thus far. I say this because its mostly because I am a gear geek. These shoes are not only functional but also comfortable. They are light weight and very packable. One of the reasons why these shoes are so easy to pack is because […]

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Yesterday I tried out the Asolo FSN 85 Hiking Boot.  A nice sturdy light weight boot. It weighs 2lbs. 14oz. for the pair. They are water resistant but not water proof. I hiked in these for roughly 3 miles with a 5 – 6 pound pack. The fit was great no issues with rubbing or […]

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Another great hike on a beautiful fall day. I chose to head back out to Weston Bend State park where  I tested out the Thorlos LTH Light Hiking Socks. A very nice light weight supportive sock. After the 8.6 mile hike the socks were quite damp but my feet were relatively dry. No blisters and […]

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It was a very early, but I managed to get up and tossed on my Point6 Hiking Tech light crew socks. They fit perfectly. Threw on my boots grabbed my gear and off I went. I drove about an hour north to Weston Bend State Park. None of the trails were long enough to fit […]

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Any experienced hiker will tell you the most important thing to watch out for on any hiking trip is your feet. Sure cutting your finger is a bad thing but having blisters as big a golf balls is many times worse.  See with a bleeding finger you can just wrap it up and continue to […]

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