- Dec 30, 2021
Hello everyone, just got back from a great trip in Moab and Escalante. I previously had Salomon XA 3D GTX shoes, which fit me very well, but obviously did not breathe or drain well. I like the non-GTX version, but the mesh is so large it lets in a ton of find sand just through the body of the shoe! I end up with a lump of sand under my foot even with a gaiter! I really want to find a trail runner made of a more dense mesh or fabric that is non-waterproof, and I'd really love if it had the "gasket" tongue of a waterproof shoe to fully seal the foot. The GTX shoe combined with a light gaiter let no sand in, and I'd love the same result from a breathable shoe. I'd love to know what others experiences have been and what seems to work best.