Scarpa Moraine GTX Trail Shoe – First Look

Hooray! My new trail shoes were delivered this weekend & accidentally sat in front of my neighbors door for a couple days, so pleasant surprise when he brought them over.

These are a pair of Scarpa Moraine GTX Alpine Cross Shoes that come in grey & brown. Tried them on out of the box & they seem to fit well. I switched the insole with my own custom ones, put on a lighter sock & they feel great.

Just in time for an afternoon Labor Day adventure on some of the local Hailey, ID trails & dirt roads. I have been stomping around all summer in my big Asolo Power Matic 200 GVs & it will be a pleasure to try some lighter footwear. Keep an eye out for a more detailed review after I cover some ground in these.

Asolo Power Matic 200 GV

Picked up new hiking boots for Summer 2011 - a pair Asolo Power Matic 200 GV 's. This is the same boot I had previously owned for the few seasons & have been so happy with them I decided to stick with the same brand & model for my latest purchase.

These are pretty heavy duty backpacking boots & to the minds of my fellow hikers they are overkill for general day to day adventures. I prefer a stout boot though and as my adventures often lead me off trail & into quite a variety of terrain I am always happy to have something solid underfoot. Especially in thick undergrowth, wet conditions & stream crossings or moving through loose scree & shale. Add a pair of gaiters to these babies & you are bomber.

Now to get a pair of red laces to make them official.
~ DS

I will write up a more extensive review after I have covered some miles in this new pair and compare them to my old pair which I finally had to retire.

Wired.com Vibram FiveFingers Video Review

Wired.com reviews the very interesting Vibram FiveFingers as a consideration for runners. I have been interested in this curious footwear since it came on the market. I don't run but they could be worth trying as hiking footwear (on the appropriate trail). Somewhat like modern day moccasins, good for treading lightly in the woods. Also, they may serve function as lightweight footwear to toss in your pack and use at stream crossings or around camp? Well, guess I should pick up a pair. Till then, check out Wireds video review as well as a written review here:
Wired.com Vibram FiveFingers Review

Yaktrax Pro Anti-Slip Footwear

dsc_0003_dxo Yaktraxs pull over your existing footwear to provide traction in snowy and icy conditions. With a system of  reinforced coils connected to a rubber framework they attach fairly easily and securely to your boots or shoes and offer a real nice sense of stability in slippery conditions. [Read more...]

Outdoor Research Flex-Tex Gaiter

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