May 11, 2014 at 7:32 pm #1316721
David BarnesBPL Member
49, 6'2, 195 and slowly dropping.
Vaca/Dear Lake/Upper Sawmill/Comanche Peak/Crooked Creek/Lost Cabin/Beaubien/Crater Lake N. Fork Urrica/Base via tooth of time and Tooth Ridge
Have been training in a variety of already owned shoes to include Salomon XD GTX hightops, Inov-8 319s and Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12s. No known ankle issues and have gone up to 12 miles with 35-40pd pack with no blisters when mated with Kirkland/Costco Merino wool sock.
My big three are less than 10lbs and I should be under 35 all in to include 4 days of food,5l of water and my share of crew gear.
Bottom Line-Presuming a good fit, will this shoe do the trick?May 12, 2014 at 9:55 am #2101627
…May 13, 2014 at 8:24 pm #2102148
I hiked in the low cut Moab Ventilator with mini Smartwool PhD socks last summer on a PSA trek. We hiked south and central country including up Black Mountain and down Tooth Ridge to Base. We had rain and rocky trails. The shoes dried quickly after they became soaked and I had one pair of dry socks to change into. They do tend to get dust in near the toes due to the mesh but it was nice to finally find some hiking shoes that my feet don't get so hot in. I kept one pair of socks rinsed and drying so I could switch back and forth as needed. I always thought I needed higher top boots but these shoes were great. Have a great time this summer!Jun 24, 2014 at 7:41 pm #2114410
I wore the Moab Ventilator Mid on my trek last year. I am 6'3", hiked at about 235 lbs, 45lb pack. 80 mile total trek distance.
I was completely satisfied with these boots for the trek. They were a last minute switch for me because of a sole issue with the boots I had been prepping in. Switched about two weeks before the trek – risky, but I put about 50 miles on them before I left.
The one thing I found was these boots were too flexible for my size – I was getting a little bit of arch strain. I added the Superfeet green insole from REI to get just a little more stiffness and a little more cushion, and the combination worked great for me.
Even though I didn't get much break in or practice time, I had zero blisters on the trek. Not one. I wore the REI moreno wool socks, no liner, changed them each day (rotated 3 pr for the trek).
We had rain every day for the first 6 days, and my feet stayed dry.
I could not have been happier with these boots for my trek.Jun 26, 2014 at 3:55 am #2114778
For what it is worth I saw a number of scouts and adults wearing these boots. I just returned from Philmont this week.Jun 27, 2014 at 1:53 pm #2115241
David BarnesBPL Member
Thank you for the update. I hope your trek went well.
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