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dmnrec
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:33 pm    Post subject: hiking boots recommendations Reply with quote

After years of slip sliding around on the trails in old tennis shoes, I'm thinking of actually buying a pair of hiking boots...any recommendations for women's non-slip, good support, and water proof (at least to the top of the boot, lol)?
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kean's all the way. I don't know the model of the boot I use but would never give them up.
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XHawk
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have this type. I'm sure there is something similar in women's boots.
http://www.rei.com/product/828479/merrell-moab-mid-waterproof-hiking-boots-mens
I'm happy with them.
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Grey Wolf and Wild Rice
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had both Keen's and Merrell's

Keen's have a harder sole that wears better, especially if you walk on paved surfaces. When it's cold out, they are noisy when walking on paved surfaces and a bit stiff.

Merrell's have a softer sole and do wear out a bit earlier.......I drag my heal a bit. Smoother walking on paved surfaces.

Both are good on soft surfaces. I found the Merrell's gripped wet rocks better as they were softer.

As far as waterproofing.......neither are that great, but that may be due to the style. They seep water along the tongue where there is fabric. I think if you get a full leather upper for either brand, they may hold water better.

I do have Keen's right now and the heal is lasting longer that the Merrell's I previously had.

Best boots I have had were from Bass Pro Shop.....their brand I believe. Full leather uppers and I could stand in water right up to the top without any coming in.
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Rustynails
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have two pairs of Merrell's.

Like Grey Wolf said they wear. But I too drag my feet.

Merrell's are the most comfortable boots I've owned.
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dornole
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I kinda hate hiking boots I love Keen's sandals for hiking, wading, treeclimbing and other geocaching actions. The toe protection is great.
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Red_Devil35
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Merrells. I currently have 3 pair, at least. They do run a little small in women's sizes, so I wouldn't recommend buying them online.
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jicknarson
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keen Gypsum. Love em. One pair, many miles, second year and counting.
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Hal-oween
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Keen sandals in the summer. The only downside is encountering burning weed or poison ivy. I have a pair of waterproof Merrills but I don't like them for the summer because they are too hot and if water goes over the top, the waterproofing keeps the insides wet forever. They do have a good grip and some ankle support for climbing or walking on ice. I used to have Timberlands with nylon sides - they were great for technical hiking with good grip and if they did get wet, they dried quickly. I got both the Keens and the Merrills on the sale rack at Hoigaards for great prices.
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wore my Keen's during the rainy 4 hour hike up to Eagle Mountain and back. My feet were the only dry part of my body. Of course you can't step in deep or you're done.
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dmnrec
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestions...it will give me a start on what to consider!
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