Jun 13, 2012 at 10:49 pm #1291016
@sjhajLocale: Pacific NW
Please share your experience on the kinds of shoes you have used or would recommend for Wonderland Trail, Mt Rainier.
While much of my gear is light-weight, I have been using heavy backpacking boots (Asolo leather, 3lbs) and want to replace them with trail runners. I have been using Inov-8 Terrafly 343. They feel awesome and weight around 12 OZ. Have you used Terrafly? Are they appropriate for Wonderland or should I choose a pair with more aggressive tread from the Inov-8 line? How would trail runners perform on the 23,000 feet of downhill on the trail?Jun 14, 2012 at 3:50 am #1886798
Link .BPL Member
Steve Burgess has probably done the Wonderland Trail more than anybody,around 30 times
the last link has a lot of videos talking about going light on the WT and one specifically on minimal footwear.He is a member,you could PM him hereJun 14, 2012 at 8:54 am #1886865
David DrakeBPL Member
@daviddrakeLocale: North Idaho
Here's my trip report from a Rainier hike last August (big snow year):
I used Inov8 295s and liked everything about them, including the tread pattern. This hike was about 78 miles over 4.5 days, 18K elevation gain, and incorporated big chunks of the WT. Several years previously, I hiked the whole WT wearing leather boots and carrying more trad. pack load. Had knee problems starting the first day, and continuing the whole trip. With trail runners (including Inov8) and a light load, I've never had knee problems.
I wouldn't hesitate to hike the complete WT in trail runners.Jun 14, 2012 at 9:54 am #1886873
Jeffs ElevenBPL Member
I did it with a group of 4.
We all had on trail runners- No issues.
We did see a group of 6 or 8 stopping to soak their feet in the creek while two adults (parents I assume) tended to their crying daughter due to busted blisters on her feet.
-Guess what they were all wearing for footwear….
We hiked by, felt bad for her, then reminisced about "the good ol days" of boots and blistersJun 14, 2012 at 10:21 am #1886880
Elliott WolinBPL Member
@ewolinLocale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
Five of us did the WT with light hikers a few years ago in early Jul. We had no problems at all, even on settled snow fields. We all had hiking poles. I can't imagine using anything else unless you go real early and expect lots of snow, and even then there are many discussions in BPL on how to use light hikers in these conditions.Jun 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm #1886957
Diana VannBPL Member
I met you last year when we were on the West Coast Trail.
I hiked 84 miles of the Wonderland last fall in Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves, and I wouldn't hesitate to hike the Wonderland in a pair of them again.
Some photos of the Wonderland and of the trail gloves (including one hiking though snow fields) are included in a trip report .Jun 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm #1887101
@sjhajLocale: Pacific NW
Thank you! I am convinced about doing this hike in trail runners. :-)
Anna, thank you for the links. I have looked at the videos. Very informative and useful.
David, thank you for the comments on Inov-8s. Very useful. Terrafly don't have as agressive a sole as 295s but I can simply test out the Terraflys on local tracks. BTW cool spork in your trip report.
Barry, thank you for the convincing story.
Elliot, I will be using my tracking poles and had visited your website when I was deciding to do the hike.
Diana, so good to hear from you. Thank you for the links and the comments. The photos are very useful.
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