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Haven't been there, but Summit Hut in Tucson does a good job, also.gringoantonio wrote:The best place for boot + fitting advice is AZ Hiking Shack
I didn't know that. How recently? Now that I finally understand my feet, I don't trust anyone (except maybe my podiatrist) to help me. For example, I never once has a fitter recommended me the correct size as indicated by a Brannock device. (Here's a hint: that arch length measurement scale with the triangular slider is on there for a reason).azbackpackr wrote:ncidentally, long-time Arizona hikers will be interested to know that Dave Baker has sold Summit Hut and retired.
They don't make ANY hiking shoes in my size. None. Zero. Zilch. They do not exist. Women's 11.5 ultra narrow. Lowa makes an 11 Narrow boot that fits like a 10, lost all my toenails with that pair, plus they were not really very narrow. (Vasque boots used to be SO narrow, they used to be great. Even the medium widths were very narrow. But no longer made that way, alas.) So, I bought a pair of men's shoes that run very narrow. La Sportiva Boulder X Euro size 43. They fit my feet, but the lacing system cuts off my circulation, so I end up hiking with them almost unlaced, my feet aching all over. So, I bring Tevas with me. That is why I may have to switch to regular running shoes, because you can get one or two models of Asics and Brooks in my size. New Balance says they make my size, but their "narrow" shoes are very wide, and they are cheaply made.Widowmaker wrote:@azbackpackr
Well I had a pair of Merrills boots after 15 miles I knew they weren't for me. Now I have a pair of Vasques boots in a wide I got about 40 miles on them and love them.
joe bartels wrote:On the shoe subject...
There was a ton of people out on Squaw after Christmas in their Five Fingers. Now only one or two if any when I'm out. Rarely the same people. Aside from three that I've noted I've timed their laps at well over two hours. Most people that never hike are faster than two hours. One guy took 'em off at the peak a week or two ago and really bare footed it down. I still want to try them someday but my observations are they don't work for the masses... at least on that terrain
2015azbackpackr wrote:Keep track of this Joe, so that in a couple of years we can reminisce: "Remember those 5-toe shoe things that were all the rage, back in, when was it? 2010, 2011?"
I once suggested to HikeBot possibly incorporating that feature here on HAZ. I had no idea a robot could say some of the words I heard. Who programmed that thing!? [-Xautumnstars wrote:Now, that is a very good idea and something I wish I had done over the years.CannondaleKid wrote:I'm tracking the miles for each pair
My feet absolutely loved the Danner Quarry, but the Vibram soles wore out WAY too soon, with holes appearing in the sole. (voids during in the molding process?)Nighthiker wrote:Danner Quarry... no grief and the feet are still happy.
I am sure you have ran across the product in your years of outdoor gear repair, but I use aqua seal on nearly all shoe and gear repairs...two thumbs upNext I tried Gorilla glue but since it expands so much