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sunny de reiziger

what kind of shoes to bring?

I would like to know what kind of categorie shoe
you need for te whole trail. I have now lowa renegade
but are thinking about to buy the lowa gavia. The lowa
gavia i also used in hiking off road in Scotland for 2 months.
Steve Rockman

Shoes for trail

Since I have not hiked the INT, I am not the best source of information, but I can tell you that that the trend in long distance hiking has been towards light weight shoes rather than "hiking boots."  In the USA the category of shoes for long distance hiking has tended towards what are known as 'trail runners.' The amount of weight that you carry on your feet is much more important than most people realize. I have forgotten the percentage but you pay a considerably higher price in energy expended for the amount of weight on your feet versus the same amount of weight in your pack. In summary, go light (down to comparing weight based on ounces), but with high quality shoes. This is one item you should not try to go cheap on.
yankale

Re: what kind of shoes to bring?

sunny de reiziger wrote:
I would like to know what kind of categorie shoe
you need for te whole trail. I have now lowa renegade
but are thinking about to buy the lowa gavia. The lowa
gavia i also used in hiking off road in Scotland for 2 months.


Sorry that I missed this post for ....two years .
Lowa Renegade are among the best hiking shoes and light weight. I'm not in favour of the trail runners.
They do not provide the necessary ankle support.
MichaVD

I would recommend wearing, especially for the dessert part, high boots that give support to the ankle. The terrain will be uneven and not flat on a lot of places. For example on Mt. Karbolet you’ll find yourself walking on the angled slope of the crater for more then 5 km. I was glad I had a pair of B/C type Meindls (but a B type would be fine as well).
dartras

I definitely recommend high hiking boots (I used Oboz brand, but any solid boot will work). As some of the other posters said, sometimes the trail gets uneven or rocky. Without high boots and my hiking poles, I surely would have sprained an ankle and had to stop hiking.

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