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ckirkwood9


May 17, 2005, 8:03 AM
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La Sportiva Trango S as Desert Hiking Boot?
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Hey - anyone have experience with Trango S as a HOT-weather summer hiker?

I'm looking for a good boot to use for long/heavy approaches in desert conditions. I've read good things about the trango S as a summer mountaineering boot, but no reviews as a hiking boot for hot weather escapes.

Anyone has any experience with this boot ??. (think Red Rocks Vegas)

Also, how's the fit? is it true to street shoe size? narrow/wide?


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May 17, 2005, 8:59 AM
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for me, if its now snowy, icey ect. i'm going to be wearing a pair of low top hikeing shoes. my current favorites are the merrill chameleons. for the desert i would also include a pair of shorty gators to keep sand and debri out.

i would think a mountaineering boot would be uber overkill and make your feet sweet like hell. i personal have the la sportiva eigers and i sure wouldn't want to wear them on a desert approach.


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i think they'd be hot (not in the good way)

great boots for 3-season mountain use, where you might see rock, snow, ice, and trails, but they're not for hot weather hiking. they're high tops, and like most mountain boots, they're not all that breathable. they're also on the stiff side, being made for climbing with crampons. unless you need the support of a very stiff boot for hiking, i think you'd do better with trail shoes or running shoes.

i wear a 46.5 in these, and a 12 or so street shoe.

my feet are medium width, low volume, and wide in the toes, and the trango s fits perfectly. the sportiva makalu last is a bit too high volume for me, if that gives you any perspective.


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You dont want to be wearing boots like those in the desert. Or at least I would never want to.

Depending on length of approach, descent etc I would go for sandals or just some regular sneaks. All the new fangled approach shoes are cool as well but seem a bit OTT for me. To each their own.

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I use the cross-training type of shoe, it is breathable and I am not carrying a lot of weight. If you plan long descents in Red Rocks, you may get wet and anything you soak will dry quicker if it is of light material.


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