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The Toninator isnt 25 anymore

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by The Toninator, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. jdcamb

    jdcamb Tool Time!

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  2. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    Agreed. I have a pair for hiking and another for just daily use. Work great for me and last.
     
  3. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    I use sneaker like hiking shoes for day hikes but when backpacking I need the ankle support. I like to move quickly and would rather look at what is around me than have to carefully pick my footfall. With a good supporting boot I can be somewhat reckless and keep my head in the clouds. Not to mention with a heavy pack I need a really stiff sole that isn't possible in a low shoe. It is a personal thing but for backpacking I can't see a light shoe being a good alternative. I have seen complete weight weenies do it but they are carrying 35lb packs. I like to bring stuff like cheese wheels and 6 packs of beer so a light pack isn't much of a choice.
     
  4. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    Well, I meant that I have a pair of big hiking boots and also a pair of tennis shoe-style merrell's that I use from day to day. Although I do really only do dayhikes, I would rather not wreck my ankles even with a pretty light pack.
     
  5. JRogers

    JRogers talks too much

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    If you look around, there's a lot of differing opinions on how much a higher boot actually protects your ankles. In my experience, the fit of the boot and height of the foot from the ground make just as much difference as the ankle height. I have to do some more experimenting, but I have not experienced any ill effects from using lower, lighter shoes. I am skeptical of using shoes for heavy weights, but, then again, I never turned an ankle or felt unstable when wearing my sandals with a full pack (and that was on an extremely rough trail).

    Do you really carry an actual wheel of cheese hiking? Damn dude... That's OG style there.

    I don't consider 35 lbs to qualify one for "weight weenie" status.
     
  6. The Toninator

    The Toninator Muffin

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    i'm forgoing the 6packs of beer for whisky but i'm going to bring a little extra food this time. I've done really well getting the pack weight down due to the gear i bought for a multi-day biking trip i wasnt able to take. I’m also going to use trekking poles for the first time.
    I would like to know if there are any alternatives to camp shoe's. I dont want to pack the tiva's

    Jrogers 35lbs can be super light depending on the length of the trip and terrain. Theres a guy that claims a 27lb pack for I think 5 days, that’s pretty light.
     
  7. McGRP01

    McGRP01 beer and bikes

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    I just got a pair of Asolo Fugitive GTX and I love them!!

     
  8. The Toninator

    The Toninator Muffin

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    sweet! i got the other color. My only concern for the boots is the eyelets on the lower part. They are articulated and i'm not sure how durable the construction of those pieces is.
     
  9. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    I don't quite carry a wheel of cheese but I don't just take crappy dehydrated food. Last trip I did take a couple pounds of cheese and chocolate, have to carry less TP that way too.
     
  10. JRogers

    JRogers talks too much

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    Yeah, 27 lbs for 5 days is light for sure. But for 3 season stuff on most terrain for time less than a week, I don't think 35lbs is that unreasonable if you're trying to be light. I haven't weighed it all out, but I'd guess I'm around 30 lbs for 5-6 days or so. That's probably lighter than most, but it's not like I'm spending huge $$$ or cutting the tags off my clothes to get there.

    edit: I had not considered the cheese, chocolate/tp weight savings angle. I'll have to look into that.
     
  11. Turd

    Turd Chimp

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    I replaced a pair of Asolo FSN 95 (Killer Boots for my foot) with that same pair. The Fugative's started falling apart on the first trip. I ripped a lace hook out and the stitching came apart. I returned them, and got another pair and had the same problems. Those boots are made like crap. I love Asolo, but those fugatives are junk. When you have that much stitching your going to have problems. If you are looking for a pair of boots that will last, look elsewhere.

    There are lots of good suggestions in this thread, fit being the most important deciding factor. Not how "cool" the boot looks.

    -Turd
     
  12. The Toninator

    The Toninator Muffin

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    toninator = cool
     
  13. DNA

    DNA The human raccoon

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    I tried trekking poles on the last trip my wife and I went on. They definitely helped with a heavy pack (my wife likes to hike but hates to carry stuff, so she gets a 20lb pack and I get the rest).

    I usually go with a $3 pair of flip-flops - light and easy to pack.