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Trailwalker Check 4: shoes to boot

on my tougher climbs in the Trailwalker route, a tough boot may become necessary. i have a pair of Columbia hikers which i've worn for several years now. for some reason, it still hasn't completely worn in yet. perhaps it's due to the lack of usage and my laziness, but i've worn it over many kilometers, yet it still gives me foot pain. my feet are probably wider than normal and the toes get a bit cramped. the laces also bite into my feet a bit. on the happier side of things, the grip is great. the omni-grip, allows me to race through boulders and sandy trails without much problems. the triangular grip wears off very easily and the whole chunk might actually tear out. but there are many of these "cleat-like" spikes so there's no worries. i wouldn't really recommend Columbia hikers. they are generic and best for casual or outdoor wanna-be's, like me. it will get soaked in the rain and takes ages to dry (as i found recently), and the laces lock which makes the shoes very tight but perhaps that's the intention. i found the lace pressure uneven, especially on descent. otherwise, these are pretty good in value and do the job for most casual hikes. it's definitely not a "performance" piece, as it's heavy and slightly uncomfortable with little padding below. [equipbug]
Bm3130
www.columbia.com

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