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Footwear update.

I was starting to give up hope that I would find anything suitable.
But as luck would have it, I was staying with friends this weekend in an area with loads of hiking stores!

I picked up 2 pairs to try out.

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX. (size 11 US)
Never heard of them before but the salesperson in the store (a mountain guide) was very helpful and knowledgeable.

Not that lightweight, so I would class it more a hiking shoe than a trail runner.
And gore-tex, which I like.
Feels very supportive.
458 gms / 1 lb 1/8 oz

Hoka Stinson ATR (size 11 US)
I had to try a Hoka!

Nice wide fitting. Feels very light and spongey though secure.
not gore-tex
329 gms / 11 3/4 ozs
Feels great so far.

Compared to my current boots.

Salomon X Ultra Mids (size US 10)
Still love them.
Very supportive

but 528 gms / 1 lb 2 3/4 ozs

Tried the La Sportiva last night on a short walk and they felt good.
Will try the Hoka today.

I plan to rotate them on my local walks and see how they go.
 
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The renowned Altra Lone Peak is available in Oz at https://www.altrarunning.com.au/
After determining that in Australia the Altra Lone Peak 4.5 suited me admirably, I noted the price, A$220.
After waiting for a clearance sale I finally obtained 2 pair from Amazon US for A$140 per pair, including freight, a saving of A$80 on each pair.
I note the new model LP5.0 are retailing in the States for US$250 GASP! a pair.
But I'mmmm happy.
Regards
Gerard
 
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tweekes

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Yes I've done that.
I was just seeking feedback on these two models.

@davebugg recommends the Hoke One One (various models)
I've yet to try those.
But I have been in touch with the company and it's been hard to find one of their shoes with a high enough drop for me. I need a higher drop due to tendon issues.

But I might end up trying those too.

I was so comfortable with my boots I'm really anxious about changing to trail runners.
So I might get 2 or 3 different ones to try out.

300 kms along the trail is too late to find out I don't like them :(
Yes! After extensive research and weighing my options, I bought the Hoka One One trail runners. I love them! Lots of support and cushion. Fit like a glove.
 

woody66

This is my boy Yankee!
Year of past OR future Camino
2021
H! Robo!

I brought the Hoka Stinson ATR6 at the beginning of this year as that's the one they recommended for supinator's!
My concerns with them is the heel and toe softness/sponginess makes me lose my balance (throws me forward and weight on heels makes me step backwards)and although very comfy;believe it or not i find them knackering compared to my usual Karrimor mid walking boots.
A bit like when you walk on the beach through lose sand.
.
I know it's probs just me and you they will be fine ; i feel for me it might be a sensory issue as before my ops i knew where i was on sections of my routes in part by what i felt underfoot ie pavement,gravel,sand!!
These compared to my boots are so squishy.
Best of luck Woody
 
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H! Robo!

I brought the Hoka Stinson ATR6 at the beginning of this year as that's the one they recommended for supinator's!
My concerns with them is the heel and toe softness/sponginess makes me lose my balance (throws me forward and weight on heels makes me step backwards)and although very comfy;believe it or not i find them knackering compared to my usual Karrimor mid walking boots.
A bit like when you walk on the beach through lose sand.
.
I know it's probs just me and you they will be fine ; i feel for me it might be a sensory issue as before my ops i knew where i was on sections of my routes in part by what i felt underfoot ie pavement,gravel,sand!!
These compared to my boots are so squishy.
Best of luck Woody

I've got the same shoes. So far so good.
 

tweekes

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
I have had issues in the past with Plantar Fasciitis and heel spurs, so I find these to be so comfy and supportive. Then, at home around the house, I wear Oofos restorative flip-flops in order to best support my feet.
 

cbacino

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino del Norte - Primitivo (2018)
Via Francigena (2017)
Appalachian Trail (2016)
Hi Everyone.

After 3 Caminos in Salomon Boots, I'm going to convert to Trail Runners.
I love my boots and have never had a blister in them, but sadly I need to change.

Due to bad knees, I need to reduce the weight on my feet.

I've been along to a Professional Sports Footwear store for some fittings.
They take an hour per person measuring and trialling different types of shoes and sizes!

I'm looking at 2, and wondered if anyone had experience of these.

The On Cloud Ultra. (yet to try this one, they just called to ask me to come and try it)

Or the Saucony Peregrine. I really liked this.
Trail runners do the job for me. They only need to fit properly (width, length, arch placement). It took me a couple years to find a proper fit. They need not be expensive; mine cost $50 US. Now I’ve switched to Keens sandals. Cheers.
 

Roby

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
I checked and Salewa has several stores in Australia.
I’m thrilled with this shoes and I believe you should give them a chance if one of those stores is near you.
One shoe weighs 370 g, I don't know if it's too heavy a shoe for you.

Salewa MS Ultra Flex MID GTX
 
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Roby

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Footwear update.

I was starting to give up hope that I would find anything suitable.
But as luck would have it, I was staying with friends this weekend in an area with loads of hiking stores!

I picked up 2 pairs to try out.

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX. (size 11 US)
Never heard of them before but the salesperson in the store (a mountain guide) was very helpful and knowledgeable.

Not that lightweight, so I would class it more a hiking shoe than a trail runner.
And gore-tex, which I like.
Feels very supportive.
458 gms / 1 lb 1/8 oz

Hoka Stinson ATR (size 11 US)
I had to try a Hoka!

Nice wide fitting. Feels very light and spongey though secure.
not gore-tex
329 gms / 11 3/4 ozs
Feels great so far.

Compared to my current boots.

Salomon X Ultra Mids (size US 10)
Still love them.
Very supportive

but 528 gms / 1 lb 2 3/4 ozs

Tried the La Sportiva last night on a short walk and they felt good.
Will try the Hoka today.

I plan to rotate them on my local walks and see how they go.


La Sportiva is a quality Italian brand.
I had their Helios II as other shoes I wore in the afternoon after I finished walking for the day.
I chose them because they are extremely comfortable and ultra light so they were easy to carry in a backpack. They were not good for walking on uneven terrain, they have soft soles but they were perfect for resting the feet.
Judging by them, you will surely be satisfied with that brand.
 

mick53

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Le Puy, Arles, Northe, Primativo, Portugese. VDP, VF, Way of St Francis, 88 Temples, Lycian Way
Hi Everyone.

After 3 Caminos in Salomon Boots, I'm going to convert to Trail Runners.
I love my boots and have never had a blister in them, but sadly I need to change.

Due to bad knees, I need to reduce the weight on my feet.

I've been along to a Professional Sports Footwear store for some fittings.
They take an hour per person measuring and trialling different types of shoes and sizes!

I'm looking at 2, and wondered if anyone had experience of these.

The On Cloud Ultra. (yet to try this one, they just called to ask me to come and try it)

Or the Saucony Peregrine. I really liked this.
The most popular trail runner on the Pacific Crest Trail in the US is the Altra Lone Peak 4.5 ....the 5.0 is out now.
I too love the boots I have been wearing on Caminos but want to reduce my weight so am trying this Trail Runner. 250km so far and going well.
Regards Mick
 

pepi

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Year of past OR future Camino
2013, 14, 16, 17, 18
A question to @Robo: You seem to favor Goretex, why? What are the benefits? If it's water resistance, forget it because it does not last.
Curious to read your reasoning.
 
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CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(May 2018)
VdlP (2022?)
A question to @Robo: You seem to favor Goretex, why? What are the benefits? If it's water resistance, forget it because it does not last.
Curious to read your reasoning.
Yes, water resistance. I don't like wet feet and wet feet can lead to blisters.

The water resistance has lasted well :)

Why do you think it doesn't last?
 

Kanga

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Staff member
Year of past OR future Camino
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
Yes, water resistance. I don't like wet feet and wet feet can lead to blisters.

The water resistance has lasted well :)

Why do you think it doesn't last?
The Goretex in my husbands boots broke down and shredded. My experience with Goretex jackets is that they lose waterproofing over time. You can tell because water no longer "beads" on the surface. Easily fixed in a jacket - the waterproofing is restored with heat treatment by putting it though a hot clothes dryer - but I'm not sure that would work with boots.
 
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2022
Not so lucky after all. Before I bought these the REI guy told me that Altras are "pretty much true to size." I didn't find this to be the case & must trade the 12.5 Wide Lone Peak 5's for 13 Extra Wide. These are larger, wider, and even more rare than the first ones. Current source doesn't have either and don't know when they might so I'm looking elsewhere (again). I start training program tomorrow with older New Balance hooves ... on the local asphalt trail so all should be fine for now. The beat goes on.
 
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The Goretex in my husbands boots broke down and shredded. My experience with Goretex jackets is that they lose waterproofing over time. You can tell because water no longer "beads" on the surface. Easily fixed in a jacket - the waterproofing is restored with heat treatment by putting it though a hot clothes dryer - but I'm not sure that would work with boots.

Never had that problem. My gore-tex jacket is 6 years old and still good.
My boots wore the soles out without any waterproofing issues.
I've gone through two pairs.

Is your husband 'hard' on his gear?

I take a lot of care with my jacket as it's very lightweight.
 

Kanga

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
He's indeed "hard" on his shoes @Robo.

I don't take the Goretex jacket on Camino (prefer an Altus) and did not realise there was a problem until trying to unblock an outside drain in a Sydney downpour. That would test anything. I really love the jacket for everyday use here - bought in France, very stylish, lovely colour - so was pleased that restoring the Goretex was so easy.
 

Anamiri

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Year of past OR future Camino
2016, 2017, 2019 Camino Frances
Never had that problem. My gore-tex jacket is 6 years old and still good.
My boots wore the soles out without any waterproofing issues.
I've gone through two pairs.

Is your husband 'hard' on his gear?

I take a lot of care with my jacket as it's very lightweight.
My goretex jacket was great - until it wasnt. I got about 8 years out of it I think. I did wear it on walks in winter almost daily though. It had great pockets, the best. I loved it for the pockets alone, like a tardis.
Then one day when walking training out with the team, the heavens opened, and my trusty coat leaked like a sieve, and I had to walk 3 hours back to the car in the cold wet - whilst everyone else was dry.
I kept it for a while though until the zips went, and I lost the hood.
I figured that the cost per wear was pretty good though so I didnt begrudge it. I havent been able to find another one though with such good pockets. Why do they have to keep changing the styles, when they're on to a winner already.
 
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My goretex jacket was great - until it wasnt. I got about 8 years out of it I think. I did wear it on walks in winter almost daily though. It had great pockets, the best. I loved it for the pockets alone, like a tardis.
Then one day when walking training out with the team, the heavens opened, and my trusty coat leaked like a sieve, and I had to walk 3 hours back to the car in the cold wet - whilst everyone else was dry.
I kept it for a while though until the zips went, and I lost the hood.
I figured that the cost per wear was pretty good though so I didnt begrudge it. I havent been able to find another one though with such good pockets. Why do they have to keep changing the styles, when they're on to a winner already.

8 years of frequent use? I reckon that was darn good!
 
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I'm still trialling my 2 trail runners, undecided at this stage.
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX. (size 11 US)
Hoka Stinson ATR 6 (size 11 US)


Now trying to get some ATR 6 for Pat.
Oh the joys of living in a small market!! :oops:

I just sent this to Hoka head office.


Dear XXX,
Thanks for your help.
I managed to get a pair of Stinson ATR 6 which are great.

The problem now is getting a pair for my wife!

No one carries enough stock. They just have what they have and that’s it.

Some stores will order in a pair if we pay for them up front, but then they don’t carry the sizes either side of them to compare fittings.

So we end up not sure of the sizing and getting a refund. Waste of time for everyone.

Just rang yet another store. They have the 7.5 but not the 8.

She’s undecided between the two, never having found both sizes in the same store to compare!

No idea how these guys expect to sell shoes if they won’t carry the stock………

I can see she’ll end up with another brand sadly.

Or
Can we order direct from you, a 7.5 and an 8, and just send back the one that doesn’t fit?
Zappo style !
 
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2019
Shoe sagas...
@Robo, I hope you get an affirmatve reply to that letter, and Pat gets her shoes!

I so commiserate with the challenge of finding vendors. For years I happlily walked in Keen MacKenzies, which were light as a feather and breathable. But Keen kept messing with the design, which got cheaper and less durable with every new iteration. So I skulked around online trying to get the older models, even asking for help here (which paid off!) but have finally given up. Now I have new Oboz Sawtooths, and so far so good. Only a real camino will be proof of the pudding, though.
 

pepi

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2013, 14, 16, 17, 18
Shoe sagas...
@Robo, I hope you get an affirmatve reply to that letter, and Pat gets her shoes!

I so commiserate with the challenge of finding vendors. For years I happlily walked in Keen MacKenzies, which were light as a feather and breathable. But Keen kept messing with the design, which got cheaper and less durable with every new iteration. So I skulked around online trying to get the older models, even asking for help here (which paid off!) but have finally given up. Now I have new Oboz Sawtooths, and so far so good. Only a real camino will be proof of the pudding, though.
Buy another Hoka SKU with very similar or even better specs, recommending Speedgoat
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