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I just moved 30 minutes from the Olympic Peninsula in Western Washington from NY and am going to start hiking. I'm in the market for a midcut boot.
I have a few questions that I hope can also help other newbies that read the forum:
I'm going to start off hiking and possibly go to backpacking.
After visting an REI store in Tacoma I noticed that they list hiking boots that are for example an Asolo 3 pounds 4 oz. However under backpacking they have boots that are even less weight such as the Zamberlan 310 Skill GT or Salomon Explorer or the REI backpacker.
I thought that hiking boots would be less weight than backpacking boots. These are all of comparable pricing. What's the difference between the two categories if they're similar weight. Would it be a mistake as a day hiker to pick one of the backpacking boots and should I practically ignore them. Statistically they look almost identical in some sneakers even under different categories. I'm aiming for some difficult trails and possibly move to backpacking.
Does anybody here vouch for a Zamberlan and what models? They're listed under backpacking. Why not hiking? Confusing and I can't find the answer elsewhere.