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 NON-waterproof trail runners? 
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 NON-waterproof trail runners?
I am looking for trail runners that are not water-proof and that have material or design that allow water to drain out.

I want to stop rock hopping. I also want to stop changing out to my TEVA water shoes.

I want to walk across the streams and brooks and let the heat from my feet and the pumping action from walking dry out my shoes.

Any ideas?

Thanks.

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Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:09 am
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Inov-8 makes several trail runner models that should work for you. The -GTX models are GoreTex and thus are waterproof.

Note that I considered these, but rejected them, opting for lighter weight full boots (personal choice) so I can't recommend them personally, but many of the ultra runners and uber hikers recommend this particular brand.

I believe the Rocklite 295 is one of the most-popular/most-recommended models of this brand for trail runner hiking in the Whites.

Tim

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Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:16 am
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I always thought these might be pretty good. I don't own them but there are numerous reviews.

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/63166?feat=507874-CL2


Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:25 am
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Thanks Tim.

I looked through their product line and that model looks like the closest thing to what I am looking for. The only thing I would change is the grippy rubber.

Great website; they list which stores stock which models.

North Hampton, here I come.

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Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:28 am
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The LL Bean ones look good too.

Not really a hiking tread but defeintely designed to shed water.

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FWIW, I had a terrible time trying to find a pair of these shoes (anything from Inov-8 in fact) to try on - but it was in the early fall of last year. My recollection was that I needed a 14 - I usually wear 13s (I have a 12.5 foot, so European 47s are perfect most of the time.)

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I have a pair of these that I use for trail running and some hikes and used on some tropical adventure type vacations....great for me.

http://www.backcountry.com/salomon-ta-2 ... od=SAL2125


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I made the switch to trail runners this spring. I bought 2 pairs. One goretex, one non goretex.
I bought some Innov-8 Roclite 318 GTX for Spring and Fall use. They never really fit my feet great, but I added some footbeds to help take up the slop. Then they had a couple quality issues- the front part of the sole started to unglue, and the heal cup fabric started to rip. So I returned them and got a different manufacturer that fit my narrow low volume feet better. I went with Montrail.
I have a pair of Montrail Mountain Massochists which fit my feet great. The most comfortable hiking shoe I have ever worn. Very breathable.
I recently bought a pair of Montrail AT plus GTX which I hope to use for Spring/Fall.
2 years ago I never would have thought about switching to trail runners. But it's interesting to see that most people hiking the AT, have switched to trail runners.
There is a large Innov-8 following out there. So, if they fit fit your feet ok, I would try them.

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