Not familiar with the Altra boot, but the Salomon Quest 4 is a great choice for rough trails. Why mess with something that works?
Agree. The Salomons are a wee bit snug in the toe box for me. It's not a deal-breaker, but particularly on longer trips, my toes start to get a little angry, and my big toe nails get bruised and black sometimes.
Salomon already tends to be a little more generous in the toe box than most brands, so I may never find anything as durable but a little roomier in the toe box. Altras do tend to be wider in the toe box than any other hiking shoe/boot I know, but I really question the durability.
Not familiar with the Altra boot, but the Salomon Quest 4 is a great choice for rough trails. Why mess with something that works? i tend to shy away from lighter weight & less support/foot protection for backpacking, especially on the more jagged & rocky trails, & go the other way - Limmer Standards and Lightweights… .
Altras are really trail running shoes adapted for lightweight backpacking on fairly benign trails. Thru hiking the Southern Californian PCT in them is great as the area is too hot for leather boots on many days. The boot tends to just have more fabric higher on the ankle.
I use my Altras for both trail backpacks and trail runs, but wouldn’t hesitate to go to a more protective boot if need be. That said I’ve backpacked in sandals before and may do so again with Bedrocks (with replaceable soles).
Add just a little more fun to Altra’s from thru hiker Swami’s website
# 43. [You’ve taken ultralight too far when] wearing Altras in all types of conditions, despite the fact that their durability is questionable for anything but manicured trails or relatively mellow off-trail terrain.
Post by rangewalker on Mar 4, 2022 12:09:02 GMT -8
I had a bivy and one jacket with an eVent shell and was not impressed with the fabric. When faced with rain of any velocity, it just spattered through.
I have had two pairs of Altra Lone Peak 4.0. Used for day hikes only and my experience with them was not good. Poor adhesives and molding. And the dark truth about higher-end very popular trail runners is they are designed for svelte athletes among us. Not the more typical higher BMI like me. The difference is 20-50 pounds plus pack weight. Pros for me is the footbox. And like rebeccad, I had a flare-up of plantar fasciitis from them.
Upside is I still have a repaired pair of the Altra LP 4.0s that go out as crossing shoes. Best crossing shoe because I know if there is a lot of stream crossing, my feet will tolerate a day packing in them. Just not day after day with a pack on.
one time ago "blue_sage" in previous forums. Bighorn Mountains, Powder River, and Big Horn River to the Yellowstone.