Another of those what shoes for cdt loop

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tschertz

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Hey all,

Upcoming trip to RMNP for 6 days on the CDT loop and lookin for show advice.

I’ve always used the large burly waterproof boots but once they get wet on the inside, what a pain.

I’m trying to decide on something new like a low/mid top hiking boot, or even trail runner tennis shoes.

To hose that have done the CDT loop, what do you prefer? I know there’s one area where we will be above the tree line for appx 6 miles but other than that, all below. Average distance is between 6-10 miles a day hiking.


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LarryBoy

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Trail runners are fine. Really whatever your feet are comfortable in.

For context, 90% of hikers do the entire CDT in trail runners. If your pack weight is reasonable, boots are overkill.
 

tschertz

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Trail runners are fine. Really whatever your feet are comfortable in.

For context, 90% of hikers do the entire CDT in trail runners. If your pack weight is reasonable, boots are overkill.
Continental divide trail in rmnp they do??


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pstm13

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Trying Trail runners with waterproof socks this year myself. I like the zero drop style so far. It’s hard to move away from boot or at least traditional trail runners so who knows if it will last.
 
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I tried waterproof socks a few months ago for early season conditions in the San Juans. Hated them. Kept all the water in and my feet were clammy - and still cold. YMMV!
 

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I tried waterproof socks a few months ago for early season conditions in the San Juans. Hated them. Kept all the water in and my feet were clammy - and still cold. YMMV!
Thanks for the input. What kind?
 

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I’ve had good luck with the Rocky goretex socks for winter backpacking with trail runners in wet canyons, slushy snow, etc. The NRS hydroskins are a good option as well if you keep moving but get cold if you are stopping a lot. Goretex shoes are awful IME. Hot, don’t breathe, keep moisture in, usually leak rather quickly, and don’t drain if you are in water deeper than about 3”.

That said, all of the above are totally unnecessary this time of year.
 

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