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Old 15-04-2015, 09:15 AM   #1
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Hiking shoe

Any brand to intro for hiking shoe? Best if can wear for casual as well. Thx!
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Old 15-04-2015, 10:33 AM   #2
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I am using Columbia ones... so far so good. but probably not so suitable for casual coz mine is high cut.
Columbia is quite cheap when there is sale in world or sports.
maybe timberland ones will be better for casual. have not used timberland before though coz too expensive for me
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Old 15-04-2015, 08:38 PM   #3
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I am using Columbia ones... so far so good. but probably not so suitable for casual coz mine is high cut.
Columbia is quite cheap when there is sale in world or sports.
maybe timberland ones will be better for casual. have not used timberland before though coz too expensive for me
From my personal experience, Columbia boots do not last. The glue used is not suitable for our climate. If you are buying for overseas use, it is ok, but once return back to S'pore, the glue cannot tahan.

Salomon is better, but the sizing is quite weird, and also more expensive.
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Old 15-04-2015, 09:21 PM   #4
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Most brands are quite comparable, not really much diff.

If u want to be able to wear casually, get a low cut version.

U can also get those trail running shoes.
They can also be used for hiking
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Old 16-04-2015, 09:10 AM   #5
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Mine is Columbia. Other brands would be Salomon, Merrell, North Face, Timberland.

Get low cut one.

Another important thing to get is good pair of socks.
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Old 16-04-2015, 11:02 AM   #6
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From my personal experience, Columbia boots do not last. The glue used is not suitable for our climate. If you are buying for overseas use, it is ok, but once return back to S'pore, the glue cannot tahan.

Salomon is better, but the sizing is quite weird, and also more expensive.

my Columbia still ok after 3 years. it wore it almost every week for training in bukit timah previously before it closes, as well as for overseas trips
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Old 16-04-2015, 11:11 AM   #7
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another thing to note, if u are planning to wear it casually for walking on pavement or floor, dun get Vibram soles.
Vibram soles are meant for rough terrains and the rubber is tougher and more resistant to wear and tear. however, it provides less grip on smooth surface, especially when wet. I almost fell down many times when using my previous pair which was Merrell with Vibram soles
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Old 16-04-2015, 01:09 PM   #8
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my Columbia still ok after 3 years. it wore it almost every week for training in bukit timah previously before it closes, as well as for overseas trips
I bought a pair of Columbia boots in 2010 for a trip to Tasmania - sizing was good, and it seemed pretty suitable for daily wear.

Came back home, was using it for at least 1 day a week.

Within 1.5 years, the outer sole start to peel away from the upper. Big cracks in the sole with material easily scratched away in chunks with just a finger nail.

Got another pair of Columbias, this time a real insulated winter boot. Wore it around to break it in (really warm!). Trip got posponed. Within 1 year, the upper fabric material completely tore away at the sewing lines from the rubber/plastic outer sole.

Both left and right ones.

Will never buy another pair of Columbia footwear.

The clothing range (back then) was very good quality - hard wearing and tough.

Now very hesitant to get any of their stuff.

Tried Salomon - very happy with the quality, but quite expensive.
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Old 16-04-2015, 02:54 PM   #9
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I got a pair of hi-tec back in 2009 for my hiking trip in Canada because it was cheap. Used it again every now and then and its still good until today. Sole still intact, good grip and all.

Like Hisashiburi mentioned, get a low cut shoe if you wanna use it for daily wear.
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Old 16-04-2015, 03:45 PM   #10
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I have a pair of Merrell. Been using it for three years +. Pretty good and looks as good as new. I wash it after every (trekking) trip.

Thinking of getting a pair of Timberland shoes though.
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Old 16-04-2015, 06:14 PM   #11
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My Columbia shoes has survived Mt Kinabalu and Mt Merapi over the past two years. Besides that, I always use those shoes for my overseas trips, which clocks about 15 km of city walking a day. Oh, and I have used them in snow and glacier conditions too.

All ok leh. End of the day, depends on which batch you get. Getting an expensive North Face shoes won't guarantee it won't die fast.

But honestly, if you have been to Mt Kinabalu, you would notice the locals wear rubber Kampung Adidas shoes to literally run up the mountain. They laff at our 'branded' shoes.
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Old 18-04-2015, 10:09 AM   #12
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I also gotten a low cut Merrell and it has served me well for my last 1.5 years of numerous hiking trips overseas. I also wear it like any casual sport shoes. The only concern its really quite slippery on smooth surface like wad others has mentioned. I climbed volcanoes and the the sands are very soft I almost slipped and fall many times.. haha.. Other den that they are quite durable and serve well as both casual and hiking shoes..
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Old 18-04-2015, 11:40 AM   #13
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quechua from decathlon store.
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Old 18-04-2015, 10:01 PM   #14
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oh yes quechua from decathlon are cheap and good options too.. but not sure the reliability..
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Been using my Northface low cut for about 1.5yrs..

been through Mt KK, Gunung Dato, Gunung Belumuut, and couple of hills/mountains.

Still holding well though i have to use an aftermarket insole as i have high arch feet...
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