I take good care of my feet. Sure, I ran around barefoot as a kid. I had some thick leathery soles back then. What kid, back then, didn’t? Fast forward twenty years, and stepping on a lego cripples me for the afternoon. You get the picture.
Like any good trooper, I wanted to do a little after action review concluding my last outing. Specifically, my boots. Probably the most important element of my outing. The weather was mild and none of my gear really stood out as, “Wow, I’m really glad I brought that with”. There’s one exception, my boots. Boots boots boots. Just to put it out there, I’m not sponsored by anyone. Heck, at the time that I’m writing this, I’ve had one or two visitors… total.. in the history of my young blog. So, take that for what it’s worth.
My last pair of boots were the Salomon X Ultra Mid GTX. They felt a little narrow in the toe box and didn’t really provide much, if any, ankle support. I know .. I know.. it’s a mid ankle hiking boot. However, it didn’t do much of anything. I hiked Mt. Elbert in them this summer, and I didn’t walk off the mountain feeling like, “Hey, these boots are the cat’s pajamas”. I checked out a larger size, and still didn’t walk away feeling great.
Before you start grumbling, I need to clarify a couple things. The Sorel Buxton is like a Abrams tank compared to the light skinned HUMVEE that is the Salomon X Ultra Mid GTX. Sorel, after doing more reading, isn’t really known for their hiking boots. They make really solid winter boots, and it just so happens that on this really mild trail, a winter boot is all that was needed. I kinda feel like I’m comparing apples to oranges here. So maybe I should just sum it up like this: for the Three Sister’s Trail, you don’t need a technical hiking boot. If you’re going in the summer, wear something that has good traction and comfortable. If you’re doing it in the winter, wear something that will keep your feet dry and warm. Sorel did just that this weekend.