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Trekking Boots

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What is your favourite trekking boots for Himalayas trekkings? I think it's one of most important gear. Of course is pretty individual, but probably everyone have favourite trusted model.

Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX and Lowa Renegade worked perfectly for me when trekking in Alps, but

I have zero experience in the Himalayas.

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It is very personal. Some trek in sneakers while others prefer heavy mountain boots, well Nepalis used to go barefoot and even today in flip flop.

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I have hiked a lot with Salomon trail runners like yours, now for slightly more demanding treks I have used mid-top versions of the same. Actually the Forces military version which is slightly stiffer and stronger than the civilian version, also no labels or reflectors:

https://www.salomon.com/en-us/shop/product/xa-forces-mid-gtx-en-lg3237.html#color=38989

I have not used leather hiking boots since year 2000, but something lighter. Also before that I hiked AC twice and long EBC trek once with Adidas joggers.

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I'm on the opposite side. I'm clumsy and want to make sure my sure my feet and especially my ankles are protected. I wear B/C category boots from Meindl. I think Lowa uses the same category system.

My boots are a fair bit higher than where my ankles are, so it's harder to crack them when I stumble. It might not actually happen very often, but it might end your trek if it's really bad. So I accept the extra weight in favor for more safety.

As pierre said: it's a personal choice.

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Walking with Asolo Falcon LTH GV MM in Nepal now.

Super happy with these boots after ca. 80 days use in the mountain/forest.

Comfortable with a soft top, sturdy Vibram sole, excellent on wet rocks and when laced not too tight — feels like a Nike running shoe.

It's my fourth pair from Asolo.

https://www.asolo.com/en/products/hiking/a-fast/falcon-lth-gv-mm-grey-shark.html

https://www.dropbox.com/s/57n53hbmxklvm0r/2021-04-15%2013.14.40-1.jpg?raw=1

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There are two schools on this, heavy boots protect ankles/light runners are more nimble. I lean towards the later camp, but anything except plastic boots or flip-flops are fine.

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easy to buy a pair of sandals in Kathmandu before heading off on a trek

sometimes I take a pair of light joggers in case there is snow on a high pass

I wouldn't like to go bare foot as there are often mule deposits

individual choice based on how much outdoor exercise your feet and ankles are used to

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#6 easy to buy sandals ... It depends, it is not easy to find any kind of large size shoe in Nepal.

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Sandals definitely not work for me, but a reliable mid sized trekking boots will be just ok!

Military version of Salomon Quest 4 is really good choice but sadly it's too narrow for my feet and that model is in regular size only. Not available in wide version.

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I am wondering if there is any specific feature that would make shoes more suitable for hikes in the Himalayas (?). Vasque Breeze 2.0 Mid GTX have worked for me in different locations/conditions, comfortable for my not so demanding feet but on the heavy side, not expensive. Will look for something lighter next time.

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