Oh, right, like your wife will listen to me and not you? I mean, if she likes them, then why not? Youre not carrying a lot, and youre not going too far about 20 miles, right? They should get her there.
Vasque Ion XCR Mid-Hikers
Ion XCR Mid-Hikers
That said, she might be happier with a newer generation of boot that fits better, offers more comfort, and has better water-proofness. She would probably like a pair of Timberland Cadion Mid GTX boots ($140; timberland.com), for instance. Theyre made on a womens last for a good fit, for one thing. For another, they use Gore-Tex in a liner booty to keep water out and have Schoeller fabric in the uppers for breathability. Very supportive, but comfortable.
Another really great boot is the Scarpa Mustang ($175; scarpa.com). Its a bit heftier than the Timberland, but still very comfortable. And it has a Gore-Tex liner. Its available in a women-specific model.
Lastly, the Vasque Ion XCR Mid-Hikers ($125; vasque.com) have the comfort of a running shoe in a decent trail boot, one that has good toe protection, a Gore-Tex liner, and well-cushioned midsoles. They can go right out of the box with no break-in needed.
So maybe you should leave this page up on her computer and hope she takes the hint. And send us a picture of your wife on the hike!
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