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Hiking Boots

Hiking Boots

I am looking to get a new pair of hiking boots and wanted to get people's feelings on the different types that are out there.
I am looking at the ZhikGrip 160 Ankle Boot or the ZhikGrip 260 Soft Sole Hiking Boot.

I like the 260, however I wonder what people think of the lacing down the one side.
Any thoughts?

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Re: Hiking Boots

I use some boots from NRS.  They're a good price and they feel like you're sailing barefoot, which I prefer.  https://www.nrs.com/category/2582/men/water-shoes     There's a pair at the bottom of the page on clearance that you almost con't afford not to try.    smile

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Just looked at the details on the clearance footwear.  Add the sentence "AS long as you're a men's size 6".      lol      If you're a men's size 6, you're probably a boy.      lol

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Just bought a new pair of Gill Edge Lace Up boots.  Don't know how they perform yet but, I sure  like the way they fit.

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the dive store in Key Largo always has some good deals.  Pick something up at the midwinters.

http://www.diversdirect.com/

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Chris, did you ever get those Zhik boots? What do you think of them?

I went to Annapolis Performance Sailing and tried on many boots. I have a bunion which makes footwear choice difficult, because even some wide widths tend to widen the toe box such that it makes room for your pinky toe, not the bunion area. For example, I can't wear Sperry deck shoes as they are narrow and press right in on the bunion. Many sneakers have lace reinforcement that goes right over the bunion and hurts like hell.

The odd thing is that the Sperry SeaHiker boot was the most comfortable of them all, as far as the bunion was concerned. The top ankle cuff is very tight, though. I can still manage to zip them up over my GoreTex drysuit booties, though. There is nice grippy rubber down the front of the boot, which helps grip the toe strap, and which also helps distribute the force across the feet.

The bad news is it looks like Sperry discontinued them. Looks like I'm going to have to buy a couple more pairs from eBay or something....

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I remember my first race at the Hospice, it was in Docksider type shoes.  The whole next week I couldn't get the racing out of my mind - my SORE toes and heels kept reminding me.
My next thought was if I am going to get back into this I NEED a good pair of hiking boots.
I chose these with good heel and toe protection.  Also pretty good when walking on rocky surfaces - I have tender feet.
These Sperry boots did have issues with the soles separating after 3 years but the fit and feel made me buy them again. I did glue them back and that somewhat worked for a while.
http://force5.us/main/components/com_agora/img/members/9478/mini_Boot-hikingSM.jpg

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A friend of mine has these and loves them. I really like that they are breathable and have drain holes.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HN … &psc=1

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I had to read deep in the questions to find out they Are Non-Marking.
One comment that they have a smell to them after use, no one else said the same so that may be due to the user?
Most like them for their purpose but few are boaters

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All sailing gear smells after being in the lake even if you dry them right away.

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The current climacool soles are NOT non marking. Talk about a dosconnect.

The good news is the 2019 climacools will return with a non marking gum rubber sole. Looks really great. You know where to get em....

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This is what I ordered and they are non-marking. https://www.zappos.com/p/adidas-outdoor … lor/727501

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From what I can tell, Addidas has been hit or niss w traction and non marking. I field tested a pair of clima cool boat shoes from 2015 and they were non-marking, but treacherous on a wet deck. I bitched to our rep, who sent me a 2018 set w good grip, butnot non marking. Im goibg to the regiobal shoe show in theee weeks to see, touch and feel. Hope to carry them cuz their price point is ~$70

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Been wearing these for several years now on many a wet foredeck.  I think they are my favorite boat shoe to date.....and I have tried several kinds.  They are not perfect but, they dry quick, grip pretty well and are durable.  Oh... and less expensive than many of the others.

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