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Back on October 31, I reported on how much I liked the Five Ten Camp Four GTX hiking shoes.
So much so that as I headed to the mountains in early November, I acquired the Five Ten Camp Four GTX Mid, a hiking boot version, but with the same aggressive and sticky tread. The 'Mid' version provides another inch or more of ankle-area coverage, which means being able to walk through water up to around 3 inches deep (with care) and still keep dry feet.
The GTX version indicates the GoreTex liner variant (waterproof).
Below, I am standing in ice water. I did so for several minutes after having already traversed some shallow water for quite some distance, cracking through the ice at times. Back at my car, I removed the boots to verify no ingress of water: the inside liner was bone dry and my socks were dry also. However, they are not insulated, so standing in ice water does make feet cold!
David O writes:
Your blog post sure hit home, fractured my leg 5 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?
I have since acquired the Camp Four GTX Mid hiking boot. For the dry summer and autumn, I don’t need the ankle support of a boot, plus boots are bulkier and heavier and warmer and more of an on/off hassle. But for spring conditions and late fall and whenever there is water and snow to deal with, the boot is better, and so I acquired the 'Mid' version as well, so now I have both to cover the seasonal challenges