Looking for hiking boot recommendations

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

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  • It depends on the type of hiking boots you're talking about. Many are quite light these days -- especially those designed for day hiking as opposed to aggressive backpacking when you might be carrying a heavy backpack. What kind of hiking do you plan to do? What about ascents and descents (I wouldn't dream of steep descents without something over the ankles). My favorite hiking books are made by Lowa and Salomon (and they both make a range of boots, from day hikers to backpackers). For the type of "hiking" done on Road Scholar I can't imagine you'd need anything more than an over the ankle day hiker. Note some companies, like Salomon, also make "trail shoes," which are basically the same construction as a boot, but not over the ankle. I often travel with both. Whatever you get, make sure you get something with a goretex lining, which makes it waterproof, unless of course you're getting multiple pairs, then you can get both (the non goretexed ones tend to be cooler).
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  • It depends on the type of hiking boots you're talking about. Many are quite light these days -- especially those designed for day hiking as opposed to aggressive backpacking when you might be carrying a heavy backpack. What kind of hiking do you plan to do? What about ascents and descents (I wouldn't dream of steep descents without something over the ankles). My favorite hiking books are made by Lowa and Salomon (and they both make a range of boots, from day hikers to backpackers). For the type of "hiking" done on Road Scholar I can't imagine you'd need anything more than an over the ankle day hiker. Note some companies, like Salomon, also make "trail shoes," which are basically the same construction as a boot, but not over the ankle. I often travel with both. Whatever you get, make sure you get something with a goretex lining, which makes it waterproof, unless of course you're getting multiple pairs, then you can get both (the non goretexed ones tend to be cooler).
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