When it comes to hunting and knowing I'll be packing out loads I use boots. I use trail runners all summer to beef up my feet strength. That way when I get my stronger feet into a well supported boot I'll be pretty well setup for the heavy loads rather than just hiking in well supported boots all spring/summer. Plus the difference between the boots and the shoes is over a pound per foot so that makes it nice for the summer hiking/scouting/backpacking.For those of you rockin the trail runners, do you ever worry about not having enough support when packing out heavy loads? I would for sure understand them for summer scouting and long treks, but when I have a chance of packing out meat I would think that something with some more support would be the smarter option.
My feet do a good job of that as well... But the fact is for me, that they are not used to ruckin 80 lb loads on my back. One missed step with that extra weight and its too darn easy to sprain or even break something. I'm solo quite a bit so that extra risk is not worth it to myself.I don't worry about more "support" from a boot when hauling heavy loads. I am of the mindset that my feet/ankles etc do a good job of support all year, so basically I try to get a shoe that feels comfortable that keeps my foot as close to the ground as possible within practical reason.
If the weather would allow it I would probably wear Five Fingers or something similar all year round.