Martin McKenna takes the Boreal Sendai hillwalking, cragging ...and down to the shops. They may be fairly heavy, he says, but on rough ground these are robust and supportive approach shoes, with good edging performance for climbing and scrambling.
> Never saw the point of approach shoes, isn't it just another piece of kit? I got a pair of lightweight summer hiking boots that cover everything.
I would say the same thing about your boots though! My approach shoes weigh <400g, and while completely non-waterproof will dry quickly. I don't own any boots apart from my B3s for winter (and my rubber caving boots); I try and avoid boggy ground and I have used my approach shoes for scrambling, climbing easy mountain routes and (occasionally) approaching crags... I can see the advantages of boots for durability and waterproofing but that's not what I've ever really needed/wanted.
I do find it amusing when you see people wearing them in Font, or somewhere like Dartmoor where its just wet slippery grass on the approach :P
Thats a fair point if you don't have 150 slightly different pairs of footwear. It reminds me of a friend who has more footwear than Emelda Marcos, he's absolutely convinced they all do something different.
^^^^^ This is the most important question for UK climbers, and the biggest failing with most approach shoes. As long as there's a solid edging bit round the inside of the toe the rest should be a standard chunky commando sole like the vibram mountain sole.
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