Jan 24, 2009 at 6:48 pm #1233516
I'm curious as to how the Montrail Hardrock shoes fit.
I wear a size 13 in street shoes, but often find a size 14 in running shoes is the best fit for my normal running shoes (Asics Cumulus).
What have people found about the sizing for Montrail Hardrocks?Jan 24, 2009 at 7:09 pm #1472697
William, while it is best to try the shoe-fit for yourself, I take a size 11 Addidas shell toe, and find the size 11 hardrock to be a perfect fit for summer months (thin sock)…if you plan up beefing up the sock for colder months, maybe best to size up. Hope that helps you out a bit.Jan 24, 2009 at 7:20 pm #1472699
>>William, while it is best to try the shoe-fit for yourself, I take a size 11 Addidas shell toe, and find the size 11 hardrock to be a perfect fit for summer months (thin sock)…if you plan up beefing up the sock for colder months, maybe best to size up. Hope that helps you out a bit.
I was planning on wearing Smartwool light hikers (with liners), so a bit bulkier than what you wear. Thanks for the input.
BillJan 24, 2009 at 7:36 pm #1472703
Rei has a sale on them now, item 781-531
I wear a 9.5 in most shoes, but my Hardrocks are a size 10 in darn tough socks.Jan 24, 2009 at 7:49 pm #1472709
>>Rei has a sale on them now, item 781-531<<
Good catch…nothing big enough for my large "dogs", tho. I'll probably have to go try things on for size. Mail order sure is convenient when you know what works size-wise, but shoes can be tricky.Jan 24, 2009 at 9:23 pm #1472723
@tarasbulbaLocale: Rocky Mountains
William, size can vary depending on the production run. I have the Montrail CTC that was about 1/2 size smaller than marked, but the Namchies, which use the same sole as the Hardrock and are basically the same except they're mid height, were spot on. I would just order a couple of sizes from Zombie Runner and send the one back that doesn't fit.Jan 26, 2009 at 12:18 pm #1473047
Shoe fit is such a personal thing that I almost hate to give shoe fit advice, but here goes. I have a pair of '07 Hardrocks which I bought in store, on sale at the Sacramento REI. My shoe size as measured with the Brannock device is 10 1/2 D. I found the 10 1/2 normal width Hardrocks to be too narrow, so I went with the 11 wides. Keep in mind that I tried out several sizes and widths in the store and the 11 wides seem to fit my feet the best. I wore one pair of Smartwool Adrenalin socks to try on the shoes because that is what I wear when I am hiking.
I have worn them off and on for two years of hiking and find them to be a good all around shoe with as much torsional stability and sole protection as some boots. They are not perfect, but they are better than most and I am very happy with them.Jan 26, 2009 at 2:04 pm #1473079
I fully agree about variability in shoe shape and fit AND about variability with different production runs of the same shoe. I get curious about sizing when I'm contemplating mail-order (fits of winter boredom!!)shoes. In a more rational state of mind, I'm fully supportive of the fit/size drill…
1. Shop late in the day (when feet are bigger).
2. Wear your "normal" hiking socks/sock combination.
3. Take your time in the store…walk around, use any ramps or inclines they may have.
4. Try on different makes/models/styles to find the sweet spot of fit.
5. After selecting your favorite, take them home and wear for an extended period indoors to verify the in-store impressions. If there's any doubt, take 'em back an try on something different (even the same model, same size but a different pair could be a different fit).
I appreciate input from those who are willing to share experiences, good or bad. Thanks!!
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