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 would like to point out that Randy Ulmer wears trail runners when he's doing day hunts from the truck. He is only packing his bow and what supplies fit in his cargo pants. Footwear needs to match the demand.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.
Great post! Getting your feet and ankles/calves/knees make all the difference in the world. IMEI 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.