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#199483 - 11/12/17 06:19 PM Re: Boots Vs Trail Shoes for me? [Re: AlanL]
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Honestly no one can tell you, it's personal preference. That being said I would get 10.5 when you buy new boots. Try going shopping at the end of the day so your feet are a little more swollen like they would be hiking to get a better feel. I also live in NC and hike the NC/TN/VA AT a lot. Unless there is snow on the ground I am in trail runners, Brooks Calderas. Given how much you run I don't think your feet would bother you in trail runners. My pack is usually 24-29lbs for a 5 day trip so I'm carrying about the same weight as you on the same terrain and love wearing trail runners. Unless there is a lot of rain in the forecast then I'd lean more towards a waterproof shoe or my boots. Happy Trails!

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#199689 - 12/04/17 10:21 PM Re: Boots Vs Trail Shoes for me? [Re: AlanL]
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I just have a couple of quick comments. Wearing your shoes smaller than perfect will become more of a problem when you get older. Not only do your feet spread out some, but the padding on the bottom of your feet gets thinner. So a more near perfect fit will aid in the comfort department. Trail shoes do work better if the weather is okay" less weight on the feet is very important for endurance. Personally, I quickly change to my Lowe Renegades very quickly when winter arrives and the mud and snow and wet trails with mud puddles appear.
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#199764 - 57 minutes 48 seconds ago Re: Boots Vs Trail Shoes for me? [Re: BrianLe]
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Brian,
Thanks for your comments and the link to Andrew's article on the subject of VB. Andrew spoke from his own experience and that is the proof of the pudding, as they say. I don't think science of VB is yet understood. In some cases it works and in others not, for some people it works and for others not. Why the discrepancies? Because there are too many random variables. Part of the fun of backpacking is experimenting of course. Skurka has certainly done a lot of that.
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