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Backpacker Magazine – August 2008

3 Ways To Save: Ultralight Dayhiking

Save weight, your feet, and money with these three pieces of ultralight gear

by: Kristin Hostetter

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GoLite Wisp (Courtesy Photo)
GoLite Wisp (Courtesy Photo)
Hi-Tec V-Lite Trail Eruption (Courtesy Photo)
Hi-Tec V-Lite Trail Eruption (Courtesy Photo)
Outdoor Research Dry Peak Bagger (Julia Vandenoever)
Outdoor Research Dry Peak Bagger (Julia Vandenoever)

Your Feet
For fair-weather hiking that involves long miles and sections of sketchy terrain, you want a breathable shoe that's more supportive than a trail runner but lighter than a boot. The Hi-Tec V-Lite Trail Eruption nails it. After wearing the Eruption on several scrambly outings and big days in Idaho, our resident shoe tester says these are best of class. "The aggressive rocker, forefoot flex, and good cushion are typical of the category," he says, "but these have more torsional rigidity than standard trail runners, and a plastic shank provides some stability and underfoot protection." The mesh uppers are extremely breathable (not waterproof) and dried quickly after a stream dunking. The outsole has lots of shallow lugs–good for dry surfaces but not slick mud. A plastic toecap increases durability, but as with many similar lightweight shoes, we expect them to last about 300 miles. $110; 1 lb. 10 oz. (men's 9); men's 7-12, 13 and women's 5-10, 11. (209) 545-1111; Reader service #119

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sabo damingo
Sep 24, 2008

try recycle sports stores as some pieces are bargin prices, so you can try without going broke


Frank Oslick
Sep 10, 2008

Checked their website. Nothing they make comes in different widths. In fact width isn't mentioned at all, just length, so you must guess what they chose as their standard width. B? D?

Fit is more important than anything. Forget the "features" and get something that comes in actual widths.


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