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Preferred hot weather non insulated hiking boot?

icarian ·
Guys,   As the subject states, any recommendations out there for strictly HW hiking boots or shoes?  Guideline is non Gore-Tex (or any other waterproof liner), primary use is day hikes with ten pounds of water in a Camelbak up to forty...
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UA Infil GTX Boots

JRT6 ·
I may,  hopefully, be employed in a job that will require me to once again wear black boots in the winter time so I'm planning ahead.  I'm not a boots guy and prefer athletic shoes but when it's cold and wet I need something that feels as close to shoes as possible (I know I'm preaching to the choir).  I have nothing but satisfaction with UA Speedfreaks but I discovered the new UA Infil GTX and leaning hard that way.  They're expensive for me right now but I can $30- off.
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Rich275 ·
All of these are available with a .gov discount direct from their respective manufacturer, Lowa Zephyr non-GTX, http://www.lowaboots.com/catal...hyr-mid/5105527648/4 Belleville hiker, http://www.tacticaldistributor...-runner-boot-6-brown Asolo Puma, http://www.us-elitegear.com/asolo-piuma-men-s.html Probably no discount, http://www.thenorthface.com/catalog/sc-gear/mens-shoes-filter-category-hiking/men-8217-s-ultra-fastpack-mid.html?variationId=QH4&variationName=ZINC%20GREY%20/%20TNF%20BLACK
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LightScout ·
While I haven't taken them out in very hot weather yet, my Merrell Sawtooth's are very nice. I'd venture to say less air flow than the Ventilators but more robust. Depending on how difficult your terrain is but an option to consider.
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PlasticMag ·
My Ventilators have held up well for me under 40lb load - I also ruck Nike SFBs, so maybe my feet are just used to it? Also, Merrel offers a substantial pro deal.
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FourNinerZero ·
I really like my Merrill MOAB vent's. They breathe nicely, and have handled 50+ lbs on my training rucks across gravel, asphalt and open country Without issue or concern. I've also used them on lighter weight (20 ish lbs) day treks scrambling mountains in the Rockies again with no issues.
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icarian ·
Originally Posted by lawdogx: I would recommend the NON-GORETEX version of the Vasque Breeze lawdogx: Thanks. Couple RFIs--good size toebox, correct (I read on your other reviews that you run wide and they are GTG)? And the cushioning is light enough to feel a breeze through if the winds are kicking? Would have totally missed the Breeze, so thank you. Originally Posted by Rich275: All of these are available with a .gov discount direct from their respective manufacturer, Lowa Zephyr non-GTX,...
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MrMurphy ·
If you're not wearing thick wool socks, in any sort of wind (Desert, etc) you will feel a breeze blowing across your feet in Ventilators. They're damn near 2/3 vents and in 100-130F type temps, if you're wearing some sort of wicking sock your feet will be quite cool. I wear mine every day in normal day to day use and aside from winter (where I use merino wool thicker socks due to the vents) my feet breathe very well in them. I've had issues from wearing combat boots for years and similar...
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dntbthtgy ·
I have had significant luck with lowa zephyrs. They are light, comfortable and take a beating. They do run .5-1 size small, at least for me and my buddy. They make military and nonmilitary versions. If you want, I have a 40% off slip from shot show, just pm me
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Hooahmonster ·
I can't really vouch for them in carrying any kind of weight, but since you keep mentioning the wide toebox, look at the Keen Voyaguers. Before I had the surgery for Morton's Nueroma, I couldn't wear anything that was even slightly tight, these worked. I've worn the Voyaguers hiking a couple times and they were as good as any other boot for it (Keen has been known to have quality problems though although I haven't had any issues). Good thing is Keen gives a 50% off military discount. If you...
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tfc1128 ·
I recently purchased a pair of the Belleville Hikers. I was originally looking for a non gortex or insulated hiker as my feet sweat like hell. I've been thru many pairs of hikers and I must admit, so far so good. Having purchased Bellevilles in the past and found the size to be a bit small, this is not true with this hiker. I have found them true to size and a little boxy in the toes. It's still cold/cool here in New England (snowed today) and these hikers are comfortable. I normally wear...
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avn mech ·
Why not go with a pair of old school jungle boots (panama sole) and Super green feet? or I hate the heavy ass sole of the new hot weather boot but the ventilation cant be beat
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lawdogx ·
"Couple RFIs--good size toebox, correct (I read on your other reviews that you run wide and they are GTG)? And the cushioning is light enough to feel a breeze through if the winds are kicking?" The two best ventilated boots I've found are the Vasque Breeze and the Merrell Ventilator Mid. Both of these are mostly made of breathable fabric with a leather "skeleton" holding everything in shape. In terms of ventilation I've rucked many hundreds of miles with both and they are equally ventilated.
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MOJONIXON ·
Originally Posted by tfc1128: I recently purchased a pair of the Belleville Hikers. I was originally looking for a non gortex or insulated hiker as my feet sweat like hell. I've been thru many pairs of hikers and I must admit, so far so good. Having purchased Bellevilles in the past and found the size to be a bit small, this is not true with this hiker. I have found them true to size and a little boxy in the toes. It's still cold/cool here in New England (snowed today) and these hikers are...
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DocGKR ·
Concur with the above; I am on my third pair of Vasque Breeze--work great for light to moderate (50-60 lbs) loads for 1-3 days or so. Love the wide width option, works with my footbeds/orthotics.
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Race Bannon ·
The first question to answer is boot or shoe? That depends a lot on the amount of weight you plan on carrying and personal preferences. Shoes ventilate better but obviously offer less ankle support. Those will be critical compromises. After that decision, you'll need to decide on the type of shank you prefer. A stiffer shank helps with managing the weight of your load, but make the shoe a little heavier. I find a full length stiff shank to be a necessity when hiking in rocky terrain as it...
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icarian ·
Originally Posted by dntbthtgy: I have had significant luck with lowa zephyrs. They are light, comfortable and take a beating. They do run .5-1 size small, at least for me and my buddy. They make military and nonmilitary versions. If you want, I have a 40% off slip from shot show, just pm me Thank you. I have narrowed the possibles down to three from everyone's input: 1) Merrell Ventilators, 2) Vasque Breeze, 3) and the Zephyrs. I need to go by my local REI and see if they have my size in...
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scjbash ·
Originally Posted by Hooahmonster: (Keen has been known to have quality problems though although I haven't had any issues). I've been waiting since March 19 for Keen to process a warranty claim for my Voyageurs. After just a few months of moderate use the soles started peeling off of both shoes. Some googling showed it to be a very common problem. They said the processing time for warranty claims can be up to 15 business days, and after that I still may have to send them back to be examined.
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tfc1128 ·
Originally Posted by MOJONIXON: Originally Posted by tfc1128: I recently purchased a pair of the Belleville Hikers. I was originally looking for a non gortex or insulated hiker as my feet sweat like hell. I've been thru many pairs of hikers and I must admit, so far so good. Having purchased Bellevilles in the past and found the size to be a bit small, this is not true with this hiker. I have found them true to size and a little boxy in the toes. It's still cold/cool here in New England...
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GrumpyGrizz ·
Went out and got the Merrells two week ago. Wish I could wear them at work.
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Malpaso ·
Originally Posted by GrumpyGrizz: Went out and got the Merrells two week ago. Wish I could wear them at work. Which model? I went to the Merrell outlet near me today looking to replace my summer ones, but all they had were winter weight. Going to scour Amazon and Ebay tonight.
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GrumpyGrizz ·
Sorry, the Ventilators. Got them at REI.
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CharlieBravo69 ·
I have Lowe's hot weather hiking boots and they are absolutely the best boots I've ever owned. They're cooler than my Nike running shoes and I love the non-tactical look, really low profile. Got them of Amazon, true to size. The soles are starting to wear out after a year of use and I'm definitely buying another pair. They're a german brand but made in Rumania (I think) and quality/finish is very good. Not the cheapest ones but you get what you pay for.
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CharlieBravo69 ·
Aaarrrgghhh, they're not on amazon anymore, Vento was the model name.
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tankersteve ·
Originally Posted by dojpros1998: Mild thread drift The mission is 12 days on the trail in NM ( 90 to 40 is likely temp swing) from 4 July to 18 July, 4-10 miles per day with up to 2500 feet in elevation rise per day. Ruck will be 25 to 40 lbs. I want as light a shoe as I can get away with given the 1lb on foot = 5 lbs on back mantra. I am willing to give up durability for this goal. Thoughts? Keen Voyageur are very lightweight, but perhaps too much tennis show flexible in the sole. They...
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SempFi007 ·
What about something in wide widths? It's the biggest pain in the ass trying to find a good pair of boots that come in wide widths...
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MrMurphy ·
As someone who bought mine at REI (and work there) any REI should be able to get your size up to about 14 and most of the wider widths too for the Merrells.
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dojpros1998 ·
Mild thread drift The mission is 12 days on the trail in NM ( 90 to 40 is likely temp swing) from 4 July to 18 July, 4-10 miles per day with up to 2500 feet in elevation rise per day. Ruck will be 25 to 40 lbs. I want as light a shoe as I can get away with given the 1lb on foot = 5 lbs on back mantra. I am willing to give up durability for this goal. Thoughts?
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MrMurphy ·
I've worn Merrell Ventilators for a couple years. For daily wear (concrete, dirt, sand, etc) at work, range and similar for a 6" boot they have performed outstandingly. Replace the stock laces or have extras handy, they don't last forever. Other than that, they do very well, and better with Superfeet insoles if you're constantly on hard surfaces.
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lawdogx ·
This is a topic near and dear to my heart. I do the Bataan Death march every year and I ruck in some very hot climes (Everglades in Florida and the deserts of Arizona). I would recommend the NON-GORETEX version of the Vasque Breeze - especially since you mentioned the 40 pound thing. I do not like other hot weather boots, like the Ventilators or the Oakleys, as much for carrying weight because their sole is little too much on the flexible, sneaker-ish side. Great for general use but not as...
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Zim ·
If anyone else is curious, I can vouch for the Asolo Piumas. The "natural shape" footbed has a wider than usual toebox. I generally take a 2e in running shoes, and the Piumas have plenty of room for my brick-toes. They've held up to daily wear-and-tear and the occasional light hike in Michigan forests.
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Re: UA Infil GTX Boots

Lightfighter ·
Found a pic of the Dromos - taken at SHOT. Not a great photo, but you can see the welded construction instead of traditional stitching. Light but strong.
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Lightfighter ·
I hope this post doesn't mush like vaporware, but Danner has a new boot coming out in July called the Dromos. The boot is lighter than they Striker/Lookout style, but more rugged than their ultra lightweight Tachyon's. Retail will be about $140, street price a little less than that. What was neat about it is it uses laser cut full grain leather so there aren't tons of pieces stitched together, but its not all cloth and mesh like other lightweight boots. I saw it for the first time today and...
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Rich275 ·
Even with $30 off, that price seems really high for a lightweight boot that probably can't be resoled. The reviews do not seem that good either. Danner makes a couple of waterproof, black, high top boots under $160. Bates, Salomon, Magnum also make boots in the same range that are waterproof. If your job doesn't take hold until Spring, look at t he Belleville Kyhber TR966.
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JRT6 ·
I noticed that most of the criticisms are that the boots are too narrow but I have very narrow feet and my biggest problem with boots are my feet sliding around in them. So that is a big selling point with me. The cost is a concern.
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Re: Looking for a lightweight hiking boot

jfirebalrog ·
Salomon forces speed assault, and Merrell Moab ventilator mid pop to mind. Been wearing the Merrell's for quite a while because they are hard to beat for price and availability.
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Looking for a lightweight hiking boot

Beren412 ·
Guys, I've been using a great pair of North Face Ultra Fastpack Mid boots for the last couple of years and it is getting close to replacement time. I love the following things about the Fastpack: Fits like a high top running shoe. Lightweight. Breathable (Goretex in boots is the dumbest thing ever). Unfortunately, TNF stopped making the NON Goretex version of the Ultra Fastpack Mid. Now I'm stuck with plastic bags on my feet if I want to keep the same comfort, fit and weight. NOT an option.
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fiveninerone ·
I just did a multi day backpacking trip through the mountains with the Solomon forces speed assault's. Highly recommend them. Ultralight, ventilated jungle style, mid height, and excellent lacing system.
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The Rat ·
Seconding the Merrell Moab ventilator mids. They're comfy and grip rock great. I plan on another pair after I wear this pair out. The caveat is to try them on at an REI or whatnot first. Their size is equivalent to my running shoe size, not my regular issued boot size.
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Beren412 ·
Those UA Speedfit boots look like EXACTLY what I was dreaming of. Thank you!
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Beren412 ·
Those Vasque's look significantly more "bootlike" than the TNF Ultra Fastpack. Maybe I'll just buy a regular trail running shoe and wear an Adidas ankle brace with it.
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FourNinerZero ·
That they are. I wear the same size in both. Im sticking with the XA's though, the Speed assaults chew my heels up bad. The XA's come in non goretex. I also like the merrill moab vent, another nice boot.
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lawdogx ·
I did a writup on this issue a few years ago. I was looking for a lightweight, non-goretex (ie, breathable), hard-use hiking boot. I bought a few and trained with them, and ended up greatly preferring the Vasque Breeze (I actually raced the Bataan Death March in them several years in a row and they were awesome). Gimme a sec and I'll try to dig up the posts ...
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lawdogx ·
My post in this one links to several others: http://www.lightfighter.net/to...37#11149901639373637
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Trajan Aurelius ·
Does it have to be the latest, greatest, thing on the block? Look at the old-school hiking boots at Uswholesalesm . They have several choices there. I like them because they are light, sturdy and not liked with Goretex, saffron or patchouli.
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Rich275 ·
No experience with any of these, the Salomons and Speedfit have my interest, http://www.roadrunnersports.co...mon-xultra-mid-aero/ https://www.underarmour.com/en...boots/pid1254920-035 https://www.underarmour.com/en...boots/pid1257447-308
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tankersteve ·
Check out the Keen Voyageur Mid. Around $80 on Amazon. It doesn't have Goretex, highly ventilated, lightweight and flexes through the sole. Very comfortable, fairly durable, and I even used them to run on river rock on a FOB. Tankersteve
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standeasy ·
Do you know whether the sizing on the Speed Assault is the same as their XA Pro boots?
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Re: FT Lewis area where to buy boots?

PlasticMag ·
Clothing/Sales has a mediocre selection, but there's a US Patriot Tactical inside the same building with a decent selection. I think between the two stores they have both. Tactical Tailor has a decent boot selection, other than that there's not much in the way of decent gear stores.
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KUTF ·
Tac Tailor's larger retail storefront on Pacific Highway closed-down a few months back... they have a smaller retail shop co-located with their factory. As they had a closeout sale on non-TT gear when they were closing-down the store, I don't think they'll have many offerings at the factory location.
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