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[at-l] boot question - nylon vs. steel shank

In a message dated 4/14/2005 1:01:31 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
Bror8588@aol.com writes:

> Why do people think that equipment has to last the whole journey?   Some 
> will 
> but a lot of equipment will need to be replaced.  Ah, a new pair  of boots 
> as 
> you enter New Hampshire -- not a bad idea.

During my "rookie" planning I had the same idea.  $250 Fabiano Rio's with a 
replacable Norwegian weld sole.  The only problem is I had to send then to NY 
to have the sole replaced.  It costs $75 to replace the soles, but only $100 to 
replace the boot in Hanover, NH (I still hadn't learned).

Now, I buy trail shoes, especially if I can find them on sale, but only 
expect to get 800-1000 miles out of them.  I do expect my other major gear to last 
the entire trail, but will replace clothes and socks as needed.