Hey /out/ I'm trying to decide on some hiking boots to buy, I have some choices narrowed down to a few, was wondering if I can get your opinions on them or if you have some boots that you would recommend more to the ones I will be listing. Also note that I do not hike, but I will be getting into it shortly.
1. salomon quest 4d 2
2.vasque st. elis
I bought pic related about a year ago and I can't complain. This model is very similar to Asolo's fugitive. I'll say that they fit just as expected when others complained that asolos could be too narrow, and I have fairly wide feet. I bough 13s. I wear a 12 in Clarks boots, and a 14 in nike sneakers.
The boots themselves were a bit stiff at first. It took about 30+ miles in them to start liking them. If i had to do it over again, OP. I'd surely get gore-tex.The shoes I got didn't have a vibram sole but i assume it is damn similar. But I can't be sure that I shouldn't have gone with the vibram model soles.
sierratradingpost.com has good deals on asolos in varying sizes. i lucked out and got mine for about 90ish bucks and were originally two something.
good luck and let me know if you have any questions
Seconding Scarpas. Scarpa Kailash GTX is the best all-around use model, imo.
But really as long as you have durable construction, vibram soles because they last forever, a waterproof, breathable liner like Goretex, and a comfortable fit that works for you, then you are good to go.
Order a bunch of models from Amazon or Zappos and figure out what works for you, and return the rest with the free return shipping.
anything in this thread, really/
My quest 2 's were 90gbp reduced from 150, so that is not much over your budget.
Also, 'gtx' models tend to tick all the boxes of tough, light and waterproof.
What kind of hiking are you planning on getting into? Long distance, multi-day, overnight, day trips? Do you have a local store where you can try shoes and boots on? Everyone's feet are so very different, and all the boots I've seen mentioned are great boots, but nobody over the internet is going to be able to accurately recommend what the beat pair of boots for your feet will be.
I have the Fugitives. Not cheap, but they are durable as all fuck. Bought them for my first long-duration field season for geology in the Mojave. Were certainly well-enough ventilated, and absolutely held up fantastically. The waterproofing is great too, as I am now wearing them as winter boots back at school in Wisconsin. Would wholly recommend the boots, anon.
Vasque st elias owner, they hold up pretty good. Had minor problems with gnawing against the shinbone, and some of the metal parts are not reinforced very well. Gnawing is only an issue after 30 km+.