The SF Gate recently covered Francis Tapon's CDT Yo Yo and we came across this related snippet...
|Hiking: Every spring I re-stock my hiking socks, which need a break-in period just like boots. I always wear two pairs of SmartWools, one medium, one heavy. March is also the best time to buy new boots. You can then hike your typical 10 miles per week to make sure they fit right and feel good over about 100 miles by early June, before heading out on summer expeditions.|
I've tried about 10 kinds of boots and they've all been good in some way, yet imperfect as well and the search goes on. Francis Tapon, who hiked 6,000 miles last year, wears lightweight trail runners. Tapon's current favorites are Ino-8 Trail Runners, and he says they last about 500 miles. If you wear a heavy pack - never advised - or trek in snow, you'll need a heavier waterproof boot.
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