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[ft-l] Outfitters & Danner Boots

For anything other than really rocky terrain I've switched to New Balance
shoes for backpacking.  The 800 series and 1100 series have pronation and
supination correction with a good heel pocket, giving a very solid footbed
and ankle support.  If you get your pack weight down to sub-35 lbs, most
people don't really need a boot.  Many long-distance hikers are foregoing
boots for the lighter athletic shoes with good support.

Since a shoe like the New Balance 804 is really popular now and can be used
for purposes other than backpacking, that might be a better choice for a
young person's growing feet.  They aren't much less expensive that boots
($70-120), but they are more versatile. I wear mine for everything but
church, funerals and the opera!


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Nickerson" <mark@nickpvb.com>
To: <ft-l@mailman.backcountry.net>
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2001 10:16 PM
Subject: Re: [ft-l] Outfitters & Danner Boots

> I'm taking my Boy Scout son, 12 years old wearing size
> 11.5 men's shoes, to get his first pair of hiking
> boots.  He recently wore my Vasque Sundowners with
> three pair of socks on a family hike and a girl said
> something to him about them.  So there you go!
> We'll be backpacking a lot in the next few months, so
> he needs good support.  However, it will be flat
> walking on Cumberland Island and the FT.  Can I find
> appropriate support in a Sports Unlimited or even a
> dept store?  I know he'll say yeah it feels fine if it
> "looks cool".
> I do have a Black Creek Trading Post near by too.  I
> just don't want him falling in love with +$200 boots
> he wears three times then outgrows.
> Scout Daddy
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "L. Parker" <lparker@cacaphony.net>
> To: <ft-l@mailman.backcountry.net>
> Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2001 6:44 PM
> Subject: RE: [ft-l] Outfitters & Danner Boots
> Not all Danner's are lightweight. I have a pair of
> Expedition II's that are
> definitely in the heavyweight category. But I wouldn't
> do without them in
> the winter. I also wear Danner Radical 45's on a daily
> basis. They ARE
> lightweight.
> Danner's reputation is one of extreme durability and
> high quality. They are
> not for everybody. Fit can be a big issue with Danner.
> You need to go to a
> professional outfitter and let them help you with
> them. Failure to do so
> will result in a boot that will give you blisters
> guaranteed. Danner boots
> are not as forgiving as say, Vasque.
> Lee I Joe
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