Looking for a lightweight hiking boot

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.  So, I turn to you boot experts.

I've also got an older pair of Asolos but they are a much sturdier boot, and I've found that the stiffer construction really causes heel lift and blistering, where the Fastpack flexed easily and conformed to my feet better.  I'm willing to trade off some foot fatigue from a more flexible boot, for heels that don't blister.  

Any help or suggestions at all would be much appreciated.  Here is a link to the boots I CURRENTLY have:

https://www.thenorthface.com/s...s-ultra-fastpack-mid

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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.

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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fiveninerone posted:

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.

Do you know whether the sizing on the Speed Assault is the same as their XA Pro boots?

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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.

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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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standeasy posted:
fiveninerone posted:

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.

Do you know whether the sizing on the Speed Assault is the same as their XA Pro boots?

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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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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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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Rich275 posted:

Those UA Speedfit boots look like EXACTLY what I was dreaming of.  Thank you!

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