Footwear will always be cause for a long and sometimes heated discussion about what is the best, most appropriate etc. Even companies such as Brooks, place on their Cascadia product page the following
"Please note: The Cascadia is intended as a trail running shoe. It is not pack-rated and may not hold up to the extra weight and demands of long pack hikes. We’re your go-to option for trail runs, but a sturdy hiking boot would be better suited for the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, or other long pack trips.” I will leave to Keith Foskett to respond to their comment.
I commenced hiking in the early 60's and even as a youngster, I had big feet. When I first started hiking leather boots were all the rage and I wore unlined leather boots with rubber soles, they were not hiking boots so to speak but instead more like work boots. I hiked in these boots as youngster and recall having some blisters but not more than what would be considered normal.
I later joined the Melbourne Bushwalking club and it was there I began the transition to lighter footwear, whilst some members wore traditional leather hiking boots there was an equal number who wore lightweight footwear, it was during these times that I began to wear what were known as "gym boots" or Converse boots as they would be known these days. There was no mention of "heel to toe drop" nor any of the other terms used to indicate the wonders of the latest technological development in footwear. They did not last long, but were cheap so no one really worried too much. There were others who preferred tennis shoes such as Dunlop Volleys, these were more common in Sydney than in Melbourne. And today you will still find walkers in the Dunlop KT26’s out on the trail.
My last trip in this period, before other life adventures took over, was into the depths of Moroka Gorge in the Victorian high country, this rugged and trackless environment provided an ideal proving ground for lightweight footwear, and both myself and hiking partner, well respected walking book author Tyrone Thomas, wore lightweight footwear and we managed to clamber and climb through the deep gorge covering less than a kilometre an hour as we negotiated the rocky and wet terrain in our gym boots.
Friday, 28 February 2014
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
January had been a challenging month with a number of personal commitments which consumed considerable personal energy and time. I felt it was time to seek out some forest and lakes and Raslängen seemed like an ideal place.