it would depend on the amount of weight i'm carrying and if i'm far from the truck to carry an animal out. trail shoes aren't made to bear 80-100lbs of gear and deer. i wouldn't go goretex, personally, it really makes my feet sweat.Who out there uses trail running shoes for early season hunts? Types? Gore Tex or not?
I love the lightweight feel of Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra, the mid height version. I feel I can grab the terrain better and hunt harder. All summer long I hike in a heavier "boot" and come hunting season I am really fast on my feet when I switch back to my Salomons.
I am a light hiker guy WITH Gore-tex. They have just a little more support than a trail runner. If I were going to run with a trail runner I would lean towards the Solomons. If Randy Ulmer uses them I can follow in those foot steps.
I guess I should have noted that my hiking in the summer is for work in the backcountry. As we go out for 8 days at a time and we backpack 40-50 miles with all our gear on our back. So by the time fall hits, my feet and ankles are strengthened to handle the weight with Salomons.