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Trailwalker Check 4.2: runners to boot

i think my arsenal of shoes is complete now. the Keens sandals, casual runners, and my new Salomon trail runners. i'm not too enthusiastic about the Columbia hikers and will not be using them as they cause too much pain. unfortunately, my feet are wider than the average and many shoes compress right at the ball of the foot. the new Salomons i got have the same problem and i did not think to get the wider versions.
nevertheless, these trail runners are superbly designed and i have no real complaints. the inner soles mold to my feet and provide great arch support. the ankle is protected the stiff carbon bottoms prevent twisting. the best feature are the quick laces caled "sensifit". the laces can be pulled tight and locked into place by simply pulling on the thin cord and locking it in place with the adjustable "quick fit" slider. the soles grip well but also flex enough for comfortable hiking. the eyelets are also smooth and the whole shoe wraps around my foot.
the lacing system is especially useful in the trailwalk because it would be easy to remove the shoes during our short breaks for a quick massage. last weekend's training was especially harsh and despite having major foot pain, these shoes carried me through much more distance than any other ones i've tried so far. now if i can only make them wider... [equipbug]
my XA Pro 3D: soft top.
873165 873166

Gor Tex versions: less breathable, but more weather resistant
417883 417995
photos courtesy of www.salomonoutdoor.com

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