I'm planning on going travelling in September for a year and will be doing NZ, OZ, South East Asia, China and Japan.
I've been looking at the cross bread Trainer/Hiking boots that people like Merrell do. We are intending on doing some hiking and trail walking but nothing stupidly extreme. Just some hill walking and jungle treking where possible. The reason why I'm considering these trainer things is because:
A. I wont have the space to take proper walking boots
B. I wear trainers normally and I'm looking for something that are study and confortable without being too big and cumbersome which i can also wear as normal trainers (i may also take some normal trainers 2. I'm yet to decide)
What does everyone think of them? Are they worth buying? Will they actually be any good for long treks etc?
Give me your thoughts as i'm in 2 minds as what I should do.
Hi Pete -
You can buy designer trainers pretty cheap in the Far East . . . just a thought.
Not sure about the Merrill things, I use proper hiking boots myself but I see where you're coming from; I just throw them in the boot of the car when I go whereas you're having to fit everything into a suitcase.
Have a good trip anyway.
Hey Pete how's it going?
I had a similar dilemma but after much deliberating I opted for the Merrell Chameleon Wrap Slam Goretex approach shoes. They look pretty good and they're very comfortable as well as being waterproof and breatheable. The only problem with Merrell shoes in my opinion is that they are pretty small. After buying my normal size (UK 11) and wearing them around the house for a couple of hours I decided they were too tight. I then had an awful job finding the same ones in a size 12 although I finally found a pair online for £80.
I'm gonna be doing some light(ish) trekking in South America and I'll be taking these as my main shoes as well as a pair of sturdy sandals and a pair of waterproof flip flops - should have plenty of room for everything in my 70+15 rucksack.
Hope this helps
Thanks for the input. Hey Moonmonkey I was in Keswick (i live in the lake district in the UK) and i actually ended up buying a decent pair of Merrell Chameleon Wrap Gore-Tex XCR as they were in the sale. They are really comfy, waterproof and breathable. plus i can wear them as my normal trainers when wandering all day round the cities. Lucky i spent ages in the shop trying them on so i made sure the 8's fitted me better then the 7's. Yes I have small feet!
Its a bit of an early buy as i'm not going travelling until september but it will give me a chance to break them in and make sure I defo want to take them.
Thanks for all the help
Bit late I know but thought I'd let you know I also have these trainers and they are brilliant. I used them to travel through Borneo and Asia and they even got me to the top of Mt Kinabalu with no problems at all - you won't be disappointed.
Nice one on getting them in the sale too!! Have a brilliant trip
The only thing I have to add is that Gore-Tex can sometimes be hot. It's something to keep in mind if your feet tend to get hot when you walk a lot.
I had heard about the fact that Goretex can make your feet hot and sweaty but I guess it was a trade off between that and keeping them dry should it rain (which I guess is pretty likely at some point!). Hopefully I've made the right choice and I won't regret it especially as it took me so long to find the Goretex ones in my size!
Yeah, Goretex is great when the water is outside. If you're walking in a rainforest and the sheets of water start coming down and running down your leg into your shoe, it's not wonderful as it then can't escape out of your shoe because of the goretex! But it's unlikely to happen unless you're unlucky (I was unlucky!!).
But still got to say, they're brilliant shoes.
This shoe sounds amazing...will it also serve as a good running shoe? I can't take a pair of hiking boots and a pair of running shoes on my rtw trip so I need something that can work for hiking and working out. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Merrell also do the same shoe for women so might well be worth a look!
I've had to go for the non Goretex model of the shoe as every single pair of size 12 Goretex ones on the planet have disappeared! Perhaps a super villain in a hollowed out volcano somewhere has stockpiled them for some heinous plot?
Anyway check them out and I hope they do the trick for you