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Ask Me: The Best Hiking Shoes For Zion’s Angels Landing

June 1, 2017  |  In Ask Me, Gear Reviews, National Park Adventures   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
Hikers on Angels Landing in Zion National Park.

Hikers on Angels Landing in Zion National Park.

Hi Michael,

My wife and I really enjoy your website and excellent gear reviews. Thank you! We are headed to Zion National Park in September and looking for footwear for the Angels Landing hike. Can you recommend approach/hiking shoes that won’t wear our feet out on the way up and provide great traction for that last half-mile up the narrow spine to the summit? I would consider a mid-cut for ankle support if they were light enough, otherwise low-cut is fine. Continue reading →

Gear Review: Scarpa Epic Lite Shoes

May 3, 2017  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , ,   |   2 Comments
Scarpa Epic Lite shoes.

Scarpa Epic Lite shoes.

Hiking/Approach Shoes
Scarpa Epic Lite
$135, 1 lb. 14 oz. (men’s Euro 42/US 9)
Sizes: men’s Euro 39-47/US 6-13, women’s Euro 36-42/US 5-10
moosejaw.com

The hardest footpath to the top of the highest peak east of the Mississippi, North Carolina’s 6,684-foot Mount Mitchell, runs you through a gauntlet of character-building trail conditions lurking in those rough Appalachian Mountains. Hiking the Black Mountain Crest Trail entails climbing a cumulative 3,500 vertical feet over 12 miles on an earthen rollercoaster that traverses 13 summits above 6,000 feet, over ground littered with wet, slick leaves, while hopping the occasional small pond of mud and carefully treading over slippery roots and granite slabs. I could hardly have thought up a better place to try out Scarpa’s new Epic Lites. And I’ve worn very few models of shoes over the years that handle all kinds of terrain as nimbly as these. Continue reading →

Gear Review: Scarpa Zen Pro Shoes

May 1, 2014  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
Scarpa Zen Pro

Scarpa Zen Pro

Hiking/Scrambling Shoes
Scarpa Zen Pro
$169, 2 lb. 1 oz. (men’s Euro 42/US 9)
Sizes: men’s Euro 38-47, 48
backcountry.com

Even as shoes have gotten more technologically advanced, it’s still the rare breed that crosses over nimbly between comfort for hiking many miles and performance for steep, off-trail scrambling. But thanks to unique construction and materials, the Zen Pro proved itself that kind of unusual hybrid on dayhikes up to eight miles in Utah’s Canyonlands and Arches national parks and for approaching rock-climbing routes in Idaho’s Castle Rocks State Park. Continue reading →