Looking for hiking boot recommendations

Are beefy hiking boots worth the extra weight or are trail running shoes good enough? Which do you prefer?

Parents
  • For anything rated Challenging or Moderately Challenging, I personally want the extra ankle support. In many cases, you would probably be fine with good trail running shoes. Typically, the trip provider will tell you if ankle support is a necessity, and that would likely be only on "off trail" hikes. In any event, I would not, by any stretch of the imagination, call my hiking boots "beefy". They are light weight and comfortable.
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  • For anything rated Challenging or Moderately Challenging, I personally want the extra ankle support. In many cases, you would probably be fine with good trail running shoes. Typically, the trip provider will tell you if ankle support is a necessity, and that would likely be only on "off trail" hikes. In any event, I would not, by any stretch of the imagination, call my hiking boots "beefy". They are light weight and comfortable.
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