Win a pair of Hi-Tec Altitude Ultra WPI boots

My experience of Hi-Tec boots and hiking shoes was not great and I switched to Merrell. However, my problems were with the soles — the uppers were top-class! The introduction of Vibram soles to their upper-end models will no doubt mean a first-class offering: I would love to get my hands on a pair of these Hi-Tec Altitude Ultra WPI boots!

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My FiveFingers Spyridon LS minimalist experience

I am a big fan of the idea of minimalist running. Yes: I read “Born to Run”. I have been wearing a pair of New Balance Minimus MT00’s for about 5 months as casual shoes, so my body has had some time to adapt to a more minimal shoe. More recently, I won a pair of Vibram FiveFingers’ latest trail model, the Spyridon, at Stanley’s Mountain Run 2012. I am no tree-hugging earth-child, and I have a pair of Merrell boots which will attest to the fact that when the going gets tough, I get tough back. However, there is something hugely satisfying in the feeling you get padding around in a pair of FiveFingers. It feels like you are holding the earth, not stomping all over it. I guess this is what primates must feel like when they scamper around in nature, and maybe I am connecting to that at a deep genetic level.

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Merrell Gore-Tex Perimeter Boot

Since my disastrous encounter with Hi-Tec boots when I first started hiking some 4 years ago, I have simply opted to hike in hiking shoes. However, on both two-day trails I have hiked (Genadendal Trail and Driehoek to Crystal Pools and Sneeukop) the soles of my feet have become tender toward the end of the second day. In the hopes that a study boot with a more rigid sole will prevent this discomfort, I bought a pair of Merrell Gore-Tex Perimeter Boots.

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Vibram Five Fingers Spyridon LS

I have been curious about the whole Five Fingers phenomenom for quite some time now. I definitely think there is a lot to say for minimalist running, and even went as far as buying a pair of New Balance Minimus to wear casually. So: I was super-excited to win a voucher for a pair in a lucky draw at Stanley’s Mountain Run, and rushed of ASAP to get myself fitted with a pair of the new trail specific Spyridons.

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