Sunday, March 26, 2006

New Shoes

I have been without a decent pair of hiking shoes for a long time. If I am considering time on the trail, I need a pair.

After reading a review by Ryan Jordan on the Timberland Delerion Pros (membership required), I decided these were the shoes for me. They are ultralight and they dry quickly after full submersion.

Some investigation revealed they are not sold within 500 miles of home so I sucked it up and ordered a pair online. They arrived to have me realizing I got the pair without the integrated gaiters and they might be too small. This is fairly typical of my online shopping experiences. I rarely know enough to make a perfect choice. It is a good thing I don't go skree skiing. I probably don't need the gaiters anyway.

Reluctant to send them back and futz with shipping, etc, I determined to wear them for a couple days and see if they are really too small. Three or four days later, I think they are just right. I might have a different opinion after 100 miles on the trail but with my current range of 5-10 miles a day, for one or two days, I don't think I have a lot to worry about. They are certainly light.

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