There's a new waterproofing material in town called "eVent". It breathes much better than Gore-tex. Some brands are starting to use this alternative. I found Gore-tex too warm even for strolling about during Summer in Southern California, much less hiking in hotter climate.
IMO, unless you're carrying 35-60 pounds and hiking up switch-backs in alpine territory, there's really no need for stiff hiking boots. I pratically used my previous pair of Merrell Ventilator for just about everything. Recently got a pair of Keen Targhee II for my next trip.
Yeah you could go running in these but they are a bit heavier than standard running trainers so you would notice the difference. Nonetheless it could easily be done and they have a vibram sole too so that should look after the soles of your feet well.
Got my Merrells today at last! They're very comfortable and I'm pretty happy with them. As I said before I had to settle for the non Goretex ones so let's see what happens when it rains :D
As I said before I had to settle for the non Goretex ones so let's see what happens when it rains :D
Nothing too major I expect! Just don't go wading through rivers
Yeah good point! Think I'll avoid jumping in the rivers anyway on account of the pirhanas, crocs etc.....
Haha yeah I think you'd have slightly more than water to worry about if they were around too
Thanks for all the excellent comments. I'm really happy with these trainers now. I've been wearing them to test them out and they are probably the most comfy things I have ever worn.
I think even the piranahs and Crocs couldn't get me in these babies!
Yeah these shoes make you INVINCIBLE!! Ha ha. Glad your happy with them - happy trekking!