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

While reading your post I got a picture in my mind of you walking into a 
crowded shelter, and a grubby hiker says "Say, nice boots, what kind are 
they?"  And you answer, "Oh they are the La SportivaPingora GTX Hiking 
Boots".  I think I'd rather say, "Oh they're REI's" .  :-)))

From: Greg Brown <gregbrown@mindspring.com>
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.