/ Approach shoe options - Soloman/Merrell/Inov8/others - help!
I've been through 2 pairs each of Inov8 terroc 330s and 5:10 Camp 4s in recent years, and have got fed up with the lack of both waterproofness and robustness in both. These will be used for walking, scrambling and 'approaching' a variety of crags. Perhaps the occasional bit of jogging but not much.
Does anyone have experience (good or bad) with the following? Have they lasted well?
Merrell Yokota Low waterproof
Merrell Refuge Pro
Soloman Booster GTX
Soloman Exit 2 GTX
Soloman Elios 2 GTX
Soloman Exode Low GTX
Scarpa Vortex XCR
Berghaus Cuerra Cuesta
North Face Hedgehog GTX XCR III
Evolv Capitan (I've seen the review on here)
Inov8 terroc 345GTX (although they look just like the 330s which fell apart...)
IF they fit the Refuge Pro and Scarpa Vortex seem to be decent shoes.
had a bad experience with North Face.
Out of those I'd go for either the Merrell Refuge, Solomon Booster or NF Hedgehog.
I've had/still have a pair of the Merrells, worn them pretty much every day for the past 6/7 months doing everything in them from walking to town, boulder hooping over the beach, working in a stables. They haven't leaked yet and I'm yet to give them a wash.
I really like the look of the Booster's and will be getting some in the next couple of weeks. They have a nice slim fitting design which I really like.
As for the Hedgehog's I like everything about them except for the rubbish colour of the sale ones. I do like the new NF Hedgehog Guide which have just come out, though again let down by the silly colours.
Hope that helps
Just looking at mine earlier on as I was changing out of my ice boots before driving home. They got immensely muddy using them for MTBing in England last week, but the wet snow, and now crisp dry re-frozen snow here over the last week is cleaning them up nicely. But the main thing was they still seem to be in very good nick despite them being the shoes I've worn probably the most since July when I got them, so I still rate them pretty highly. Don't think I'd want to jog in them though. More like light walking boots than heavy trainers I'd say.
Thanks all, just bought a pair of the refuge pro gtx, they seem to fit well, the lacing system is very adjustable...now just hope they last well!
In the past I have found that Merrell shoes fall to bits after 6 months, 5-10 start to go after about 8-10 months and Salomon are comparatively indestructible.
5-10 do redeem themselves a bit by having v good soles.
I haven't tried any of the others on your list.
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