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PostThu Apr 05, 2018 5:01 pm 
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I have narrow, bony feet with a curve to them that requires a wide-ish shoe.  Size 15.  I've loved New Balance Leadvilles (v3), but NB has quit making them.  Anyone know what is the closest replacement model?
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PostThu Apr 05, 2018 6:29 pm 
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I run and do some hiking in Hoka One Speedgoats. A Mid version will be available in July and I will hike / backpack in those.

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PostSat Apr 07, 2018 11:48 am 
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With any shoe it's all about fit.  Trail runners are becoming the go to hikers for a lot of people these days.  I tried on the Salomon Speedcross 4 at an REI a couple years ago and fell in love with the fit.  Probably the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn.  If I'm going on a trail hike or even a mild scramble or backpacking trip these are my go to shoes.  Another hiker that's been getting rave reviews is the Salomon X Ultra 3 (comes in low top or mid top, gtx or non gtx).  I'm considering getting a mid gtx version for when I want a flexible waterproof boot but the low non gtx version might fit what you are looking for.

I'm also becoming intrigued by the Scarpa Zen as recommended here.  It also has great reivews as a hiking shoe that is good on more rugged terrain.  I'm considering getting a pair for more aggressive scrambles, but would have to buy one to try it on and return it if it's not a good fit for my foot.  For those that have this shoe I'm curious... how does it edge (ie class 3 side hill choss) and how does it handle long days with lots of miles (ie 20 miles, 14 hour day)?  Thanks!
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PostTue Apr 17, 2018 7:57 am 
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awilsondc wrote:
For those that have this shoe [Scarpa Zen] I'm curious... how does it edge (ie class 3 side hill choss).  .  .  .

Much better than a typical trail shoe/boot, although not as well as a LMB of course. 1,000 times better than Hokas.

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.  .  .  and how does it handle long days with lots of miles (ie 20 miles, 14 hour day)?

With a store-bought orthotic insole they worked fine for me on long days.

Of the 4 or so approach shoes I've had, the Zen was the best blend for long hiking days and edging for scrambles. It's time for me to get a new pair.
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PostMon Apr 23, 2018 6:39 am 
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I didn't read all the posts on here so pardon if i repeat what someone else said. If you haven't tried these yet ya might want to give them a try. I wear them any time there isn't snow for all my backpacking and hiking..

Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Men's Trail Running Shoe | Hiking, Fastpacking, Trail Racing | Zero Drop Platform, FootShape Toe Box

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PostMon Apr 23, 2018 6:38 pm 
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texasbb wrote:
I have narrow, bony feet with a curve to them that requires a wide-ish shoe.  Size 15.  I've loved New Balance Leadvilles (v3), but NB has quit making them.  Anyone know what is the closest replacement model?

Answering (sort of) my own post here.  I just bought a pair of New Balances called 910 V4.  No idea if they're intended to replace the Leadvilles, but they seem very similar.  Somewhat more aggressive tread, which is good for hiking.
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PostTue Apr 24, 2018 12:07 pm 
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TwoTent wrote:
If you haven't tried these yet ya might want to give them a try. I wear them any time there isn't snow for all my backpacking and hiking..

Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Men's Trail Running Shoe | Hiking, Fastpacking, Trail Racing | Zero Drop Platform, FootShape Toe Box

How well do you like the zero-drop feature for backpacking? Any adverse effects on your knees?
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PostSun Nov 01, 2020 11:52 pm 
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You're gonna need a big boot.  A Heavy boot. Big weight. The more weight you get from a  Boot your gonna be better off! You need a heavy boot.  should be laced up extremely TIGHT halfway up the shin. You want to completely cut off all ankle motion!!

None of this messin round with these runners!! They do Not understand the Heavy Boot Mentality. Wearing a big heavy tight boot is the superior approach!!!

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I usually buy Asics running shoes, since I can find them on the clearance rack for 50% off at Freddy's and I get an additional 15% off since I have a lifetime employee discount. They work pretty well for me.

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PostMon Nov 02, 2020 6:05 pm 
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DIYSteve wrote:
nd how does it handle long days with lots of miles (ie 20 miles, 14 hour day)?

With a store-bought orthotic insole they worked fine for me on long days.

Of the 4 or so approach shoes I've had, the Zen was the best blend for long hiking days and edging for scrambles. It's time for me to get a new pair.[/quote]

I second that opinion. I've been using this particular shoe for many, many years. I've always got a brand new pair waiting in the wings for the old ones to wear out.
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PostThu Nov 12, 2020 12:49 pm 
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I realize this thread is over 2 years old.  Navy Salad, sounded as if you were mostly satisfied with the Oboz.  I picked up my pair in New York City for urban wandering in 2013 when a pair of Nike trail runners were giving me issues mid-trip.  Hundreds of miles and 7 years later, I'm still using them for my walking/hiking loops at Ski Hill and am considering picking up a pair of the waterproof ones when they go on sale tomorrow at REI.  Oboz footwear will be 25% off.
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