User Review: Nike Air Takao Mid GTX
Use: Distance hiking, day hikes, lightweight hikes
Break-in Period: just put them on
Weight: not much more than tennis shoes
Price Paid: $70
I have used these shoes for trips up and down the AT, and I will probably leave my Lowa Kibo boots in the closet for all but the most demanding trips.
The boots are Gore-tex lined, there is rubber around the toe and leather covering abrasion prone spots. Laces stay tied, and the shank in the boots makes them good for resisting ankle turns. Hiking the pointless ups and downs of Virginia did not leave any hot spots on my feet, and the lacing was firm enough to keep my toes from hitting the end on downhills.
I personally love them, and will buy another pair. For $70, and how happy I am with them, why not??
Disclaimer: I hike with < 40 lbs with them, I use trekking poles, and use gaitors if necessary.