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I hike a lot of difficult terrain: granite slabs, boulder fields, loose dirt and rocks, class 3/4 climbing, wet and sometimes icy or snowy slopes, and so on. I almost always hike alone, so I take shoes and other gear very seriously—one slip from a shoe or boot and I could be spending my day photographing vultures at close range (see also the SPOT GPS Messenger). So I don’t mess around with my shoes; I get what minimizes risk of slippage for the conditions I expect.
I wore the Five Ten Camp Four GTX hiking shoe on my recent trip. I was thrilled with the performance under some very demanding conditions, so I wrote up my experience.
David O writes:
Your blog post sure hit home, fractured my leg 2 weeks ago wearing Vibram soles slipping on dusty steep rocks, those f*cking shoes are in the garbage. Why aren't you wearing a mid top shoe from camp four?
While I would like the Camp Four GTX Mid hiking boot, I don’t need the ankle support of a boot, plus boots are bulkier and heavier and warmer. So good for spring conditions and late fall and whenever there is water and snow to deal with. But for much of the summer a boot is overkill for where I go.
Still, I liked these shoes so much I acquired the boot version as well, which were perfect for my November travels.