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[at-l] boot question - nylon vs. steel shank
- Subject: [at-l] boot question - nylon vs. steel shank
- From: gregbrown at mindspring.com (Greg Brown)
- Date: Thu Apr 14 09:15:43 2005
Disclaimer - shoes won't work for me on the trail - my ankles roll to
easily.. hence my search for the right boot.
That said I am going to check out a couple pairs of boots this weekend.
I looked for reviews for the La Sportiva Pingora GTX Hiking Boots but
haven't found any. This appears to be the lightest weight waterproof
hiking boot that has a 1/2 steel, 1/2 nylon shank (for under $200.00).
Light, but nowhere near super-light. Does anyone on the list use this
boot? If so, what are your thoughts?
On the other hand, REI has a pair of hiking boots that are waterproof
and lighter, but the shank is all nylon - no steel.
Steel, obviously, is heavier but stronger. I suppose I am just asking
for the philosophical issues with nylon vs. steel, if there are any.
On a related topic, is there a brand of insoles that are far-and-away
better then the rest?