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PostSat Feb 25, 2023 10:58 am 
Finally I found my new boots. Hoka Kaha 2 GTX (nice blue!) These have great ankle support, more insole cushion as well. These donít feel heavy though a bit stiff on the first try. The ones I tried at REI most likely were tried on more often so a bit more flexible. I love the style too. I didnít walk downhill, so no comparison yet. And these donít run large as others noted. I do have Salomon Quest 4 GTX. But these are STIFF, no sole cushion inside to support my heels.

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PostSat Feb 25, 2023 3:58 pm 
Nice, I think you'll really like them. While plush, they were a little too stiff for my sensitive feet. Last year I couldn't believe my luck when I was able to stock up on Stinson Mids after Hoka discontinued them. They were the only boots I had found that my sensitive feet could tolerate thanks to their ultra plush cushioning. None of the other boots by Hoka I tried held a candle, they only lit up my feet. That said, I just picked up a pair of the legendary Tor Ultra Hi which Hoka seems to have brought back for now, and really impressed so far. My feet seem to like them a teeny bit more than the Stinson Mid. Of course time will tell as I actually hike in them but they are more of a true hiking boot with Vibram soles and better build than the Stinsons so hopefully last longer.

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PostSat Feb 25, 2023 9:53 pm 
Tom, I donít see the one you have at REI. I trust you on that oneóMost likely it would be even better than Kaha. I read somewhere that these donít clean well and itís hard to remove stains. Is it true?

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PostSat Feb 25, 2023 9:56 pm 
It seems I have sensitive feet too. The main reason I need to have cushion for my heels is that I canít have a flat heel. When I do, I get pain in my ankles and in my knees when hiking. I believe that too many people write reviews for getting their feet wet. That is why now the boots are stiffer and heavier in different brands. Itís not easy to get a boot that is light, breathable, and protects your ankles.

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PostSat Feb 25, 2023 10:33 pm 
The Tor Ultra are on Hoka's website in limited colors. Seems they sell out quickly, I was lucky to get the color I did in my size. You can also find them at kith. eBay and StockX have designer versions reselling for silly amounts. The Tor probably wouldn't work for you as the heel drop is minimal but that's what I prefer.

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PostSun Feb 26, 2023 11:34 am 
Mountainpines wrote:
It seems I have sensitive feet too. The main reason I need to have cushion for my heels is that I canít have a flat heel. When I do, I get pain in my ankles and in my knees when hiking.
A good podiatrist was incredibly helpful for me. In terms of choosing shoes, understanding exactly what stresses my feet and what doesn't, etc. The knowledge I gained about how to deal with my foot problem was worth a thousand times what the doctor charged.

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PostSun Feb 26, 2023 4:32 pm 
I was going to return Salomon Quest 4, but these have the best grip downhill! I also bought Salomon X Utra One Mid GTX, the lighter version. La Sportiva was most comfortable but grip isnít as good. Iím not sure if itís the pair I tried. So, I might give it another try again in another store location. But I tried many pairs at REI, different brands in stock. And the above two plus Hoka Kaha are my top picks. I didnít try $500 boots. Those are special order. Neither I tried boots that are not in stock anymore at REI.

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PostSun Feb 26, 2023 9:19 pm 
Tom, Do you think the tor ultra sizing consistent to other Hoka shoes?

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PostSun Feb 26, 2023 9:31 pm 
Yes

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PostMon Feb 27, 2023 8:06 am 
No one person's foot is the same as others and that makes for a wide variety of shoe suggestions

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PostMon Feb 27, 2023 2:11 pm 
I know. But Iím glad I tried on so many pairs. I slid last summer and hurt my back, knees, and ankles a bit. Though ankles were saved because of the ankle support. The tread was gone. So, my fault. It became even more important to have shoes that donít slide off going downhill. I recovered. But it seems my knees and back itís never the same anymore. When I run, I do feel it. And my backóI canít stand too long with a flat heal. I have to move.

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