help me choose new boots

5:35 a.m. on December 13, 2011 (EST)
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fishing for suggestions on boots


I'm looking for boots:

have a running shoe feel, fit and made of similar materials

 lightweight - ~1 lb or less each shoe

mid height

Gore-tex bootie


just bought a pair of New Balance M0900's which I really liked, but they failed the Ed G Waterproofing test...

They leaked after standing in my pool for 15 minutes.

comfort, lightweight and waterproof are the most important features...

and I need to get them at Zappos - exchange for the NB's

5:39 a.m. on December 13, 2011 (EST)
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For what you are looking for I think Salomons may fit the bill for ya. They seem to get good feedback but then again this is all dependent on whether or not they fit your feet.

6:58 a.m. on December 13, 2011 (EST)
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Not to sound like an ass or anything. But, if your buying a boot with a 'running shoe feel' then just buy a trail runner. Buying a boot your wasting your money. Simply because if its flexible and thin enough to have that running shoe feel then it is also too flexible to provide to protection one typically seeks to get out of a boot in the first place.

I am a little confused because I just looked up the new balance m0900s and they are goretex trail runners.

So are you looking for trail runners or boots?

I am assuming trail runners. I have the non goretex version of the Vasque Velocity GTX trail runners at Zappos. I really like their fit and like to use them during the warmer months.

7:56 a.m. on December 13, 2011 (EST)
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the vasque velocity is a nice shoe - i have an old pair of them non-gtx too.

think about the treksta evolution in the mid gore tex.  might be at the outer edge of your weight limit, but they feel like running shoes.  i have the low version and like them a lot.  they run average through the heel and somewhat roomy in the forefoot.  don't know if zappos has them.  

8:30 a.m. on December 13, 2011 (EST)
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Ed G,


For what it's worth I can give a thumbs up to the Salomon Quest GTX. What you described is pretty much the “boot philosophy” of that company (trail shoe technology in a boot). I wore them for over six months until my feet grew unexpectedly and they no longer fit. Yes that really happened.

So I have two pair of them I can no longer use : size 8.5. One pair has about 400 miles on them and the other about 20. I will probably put them in the PIF classifieds here when I get around to it.

I'm waiting on some custom orthotics to arrive after which I will probably go buy another pair of the Salomon with the inserts in hand for proper fitting.

I found them to be reasonably water proof although the inside did get wet once when I wore them in a driving rain with no rain pants or gaiters and the water wicked down in to the boots from the exposed wool socks I was wearing.

9:21 a.m. on December 13, 2011 (EST)
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boot 1  ( n. 1. Protective footgear, as of leather or rubber, covering the foot and part or all of the leg.


tamato.   to-maht-toe.


Thanks for the input guys.


I had to make a quick decision and ended up getting the

Merrell: Moab Mid GORE-TEX  Mid Height Boot for $100.

Zappo's knocked $25 off because the New Balanced leaked

12:48 p.m. on December 13, 2011 (EST)
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Rick-Pittsburgh said:

For what you are looking for I think Salomons may fit the bill for ya. They seem to get good feedback but then again this is all dependent on whether or not they fit your feet.

 Would have to agree with this one, though your weight limit may be difficult.

1:04 p.m. on December 13, 2011 (EST)
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I did check out the Salomon line-up.

Seem like great shoes ( I know they make great skiing equipment), but seem like TO much shoe for me.

All my hiking is done in Georgia and Florida - flat terrain, no rocks and the only real obstacle you might encounter on a trail is a tree root.

I like the mid height to keep sand from flipping into the back of the shoe. Given this south east environment, the shoe must be light, breathable and waterproof.

I choose the Merrils as a replacement for the defective NB's because my last pair of boots were mid height Merrils that served me well.

If these latest pair of shoe boots don't cut the mustard, I'll try Vasque - I still have an old pair of them and they never leaked.

Notice how the words "shoe" and "boot" get used interchangeably here?

As a matter of fact, I do often run trails (fartlek training), but then I wear running shoes.

and my spiffy vented Trailspace hat

5:56 a.m. on December 15, 2011 (EST)
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Merrels arrived yesterday

they don't weigh 15 oz as stated by Zappo's, they weigh 1 lb 15 oz.

Left boot waterproof, right boot "not so much".


They are going back today.


Once again - the game is afoot


I'm looking at the Solomons


anybody know anything about Asolo or Inov-8?

4:37 a.m. on December 17, 2011 (EST)
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Always go for something that you're comfortable with. That's the most important thing right

7:23 a.m. on December 17, 2011 (EST)
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next boot ordered - Adidas Terrex Fast X FM Mid GTX.


Zappos knocked off another $25 because the Merrels leaked.


Called Gore-Tex yesterday to find out if my testing methods were acceptable and if my expectations of a completely waterproof boot were realistic.

A Product Specialist told me that standing in my swimming pool for 15 minutes is a great test and that if a product states it has a Gore-Tex lining, it is guaranteed to pass my test.

Of course - the shoe stores don't like this info at all.  Customer Service reps at Zappos didn't want to accept my return when I told them I had testing them in water, but agreed to take them back since one boot was completely dry.

Gore-Tex  says when the bootie is made, it is tested before leaving the factory - he states any problems with the bootie is then caused when they sew the lining into the boot during assembly.

He also stated that if anyone has a product made with Gore-Tex that fails, send it directly back to them and they will deal with the manufacturer to get things right.

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