Aug 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm #1278635
I really enjoyed the winter footwear series. With that newfound knowledge, I'm attempting to put together my footwear gear for this winter. The core piece of it is that I'd like to have zero-drop shoes. I've been hiking in VFF's for over 2 years now, and each winter it gets harder and harder to put on even non zero-dropped trail running shoes, let alone the beastly hand me down boots I have. So, I'm looking into whether it's possible to have this type of shoe, as long as I have a working sock layering system.
Merrell Barefoot (versions being: Trail glove = ultra breathable, Sonic = softshell, and Embark = goretex)
New Balance NB110 / Minimus
any others I'm missing?
This would be pretty exclusively for hiking in 30 degrees and below temps. I live in Virginia, so the footwear system should be ok down to 0, but not planning on going much lower than that. I'm looking to get forty below camp booties for camp, so not too worried about long periods of standing around. I have liner socks, heavy wool socks, and gaiters. Would look to get insulated footbed, a VBL, and potentially gore-tex socks/seal skinz to help make up for lack of insulation in the shoe itself.
Anybody do winter hiking in a zero-dropped shoe? If so, what have your experiences been like? Which shoe? Understandably, a lot is about fit, but outside of that, do you prefer having the goretex shoe or not (breathable + gore tex socks)? What kind of sock setup do you use? Looking for any advice that you can give…thanks!Sep 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm #1776730
Just giving this a bump to see if anyone has any experience in this area…thanks!
JeffSep 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm #1776756
Nathan WattsBPL Member
no experience. I run in mt101s all year but these are far from zero drop that you're after. I snowshoe in salomons
maybe you could modify the outsole or midsole of your boots. I bet cutting down the treads far enough to make them zero drop would still leave you with more grip than many of the shoes you listedSep 7, 2011 at 7:39 am #1776826
@robdevLocale: Pittsburgh, PA
I did a little running in winter using SCUBA boots. They're neoprene with rubber soles. Zero drop, and pretty warm. I think for long hikes, I'd want something with some cushioning (which also works as insulation), but they are an option.Sep 7, 2011 at 7:50 am #1776830
These are zero drop bootsSep 7, 2011 at 10:47 am #1776914
@zalmen_mlotekLocale: Northwest CT
What about an all-leather moccasin boot (Arrow Moccasin)? Or a mukluk (Steger)?Sep 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm #1777039
Thanks for the ideas, guys.
Nathan – I've heard of some runners dropping their shoes (esp. New Balance ones), but I'm not sure how that actually works. Wouldn't you lose some grip in the process? Going to look into this option some more.
Robert – Have thought about that sort of approach in past, but I do pretty long hikes, and I worry about these holding up on these hikes / in general.
Michael – Cool! I had no idea Vivo Barefoot was doing stuff like this. I love their casual wear, and have heard good things about their running shoes. Not sure about high tops, as I'm used to low cut shoes, but this is definitely worth looking into.
Angelo – Good ideas, but I'm not sure these are as light & rugged as I'd like. Do you have much experience with this?
I guess the core issue I'm having is that I'd really like to use a lightweight minimal shoe like I listed, BUT, I'm not sure they can handle the conditions I'll face (and it's expensive to experiment).
Thanks for the help
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