Good Hikers for Hot Climate

My search chi is off today. Will be travelling to the middle east in a few months and I'm looking for a decent pair of hikers to wear, not sure what some good ones are for the extreme heat of the climate though. Any recommendaions?

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I'm a big fan of Merrell Moab Vent Mids.I have been wearing them for years in the summer here with smartwool socks and have been fine.

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agreed on the merrill moab vent. its my summer boot when its not raining.

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As much as I despise the pitiful craftsmanship of Merrell, the cheapness of anything they make, and the expected lifespan of a North American housefly -the Merrell non-GTX Moab Vents hikers are legit for hot weather, if you don't want to go OTB Desert Lites.
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Those dudes have previous for hatin' on Merrell.

Personally I and most of my team thrashed the shit out of ours in Iraq for years and never had a problem. Comfortable as hell and no noticeable faults I ever saw. Moabs and chameleons mainly. I still wear mine now.

They must have feet like velociraptors.

Mind you, those Tevas are nice though. Most of their shoes look like they're made for people with club feet but the ones at the link are pretty good.
Merrell has been hit and miss for me. I've got the Moabs, both versions, and they are good boots, very comfortable and supportive.
On the other hand I remember all the hoohah about their Sawtooth boots, 'worn by Navy SEALs' etc, etc. I thought they were crap but, horses for courses.

OTB Rappels are excellent. However, for extreme heat I'd go with OTB Bushmasters, the ventilation in them is better than all above.

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Another vote for Teve Riva's. I've had mine for almost 2 years & they are still going strong. Granted I have mostly used them as my everyday work shoe, with occasional Scout trips.

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For hot weather hikers, I would recommend the Lowa Zephyr Desert Mid TF (not the GTX: you won't want GoreTex out there). They're very comfortable for hiking or patrol and they have breathable material. They don't have much of a break in period at all, but the Cordura uppers will last forever. The Mid will give you some good ankle support, too.
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I wear Merrells almost exclusively, everyday wear and backcountry hiking. Some soles wear better than others, but the Merrells are GTG if you have the right shoe for the task. The Moab Ventilators previously suggested will do well for you.

Pair them with a good, moisture wicking sock and you'll be very comfortable.

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In 105-degree weather (we topped 90+-consecutive days of +100 degree weather last summer), the Salomon XA Pro paired with Smartwool low-cut ankle socks were still money.

Everything sweats in 105 degrees. And "Dry heat" can kiss my white hind-parts; you still sweat.

Regardless of the fact that the XA Pros are not mid-cut hikers, for the desert climate down here (under 30" of rainfall per year, average), I couldn't be happier when I have to wear real shoes in the summer. Sorry --real shoes that don't have the name "Reef" on them. Cool

I have two pairs of the same Salomons, and I am still waiting for the first pair to wear out.

Grudging respect to the Moabs, I wouldn't use Merrell anything to start a fire -it would be my lot that they wouldn't even burn.
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"Its not about shooting, its about fighting with a gun." -Pat Rogers


The answer to 1984 is 1776.

"I prefer evil sits in daylight for all to see rather than be hidden, forgotten about and possibly repeated." -Consigliere
Seems like almost every boot out there these days is cursed with the "GTX" brand.

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Its a low cut hiker, but I can't say enough good about the Vasque Mantra.

Works well in TX heat and PA snow (depending on your sock choice). Fits Superfeet Green insoles and my custom orthotics great.

Vasque just came out with a Mantra 2.0 which I can't comment on. Both the original and 2.0 come in goretex and non goretex - I never tried the goretex one. They can usually be found under $100.

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Originally posted by Duke:
In 105-degree weather (we topped 90+-consecutive days of +100 degree weather last summer), the Salomon XA Pro paired with Smartwool low-cut ankle socks were still money.


Thanks for the info Duke - I've been considering a pair of these for awhile, but that whole goretex thing was keeping me away.
I use the Non-GTX, and they are superb.
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The answer to 1984 is 1776.

"I prefer evil sits in daylight for all to see rather than be hidden, forgotten about and possibly repeated." -Consigliere
My mistake I was thinking of the high top versions, which as far as I know of aren't available in non-GTX. Fit is the same though I think.

Also, the Vasque Breeze non goretex may fit the bill as a nice lightweight hiker for hot weather for you. I wore a couple times in TX spring (temps in high 80s) and they were still cool and comforatable - but you can feel the "breeze" go through them and they definitely aren't too good in cooler weather.

I had problems using them with my orthotics though - but they were quite comfortable.

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