Hiking Boots vs. Trail Runners: Which is the best footwear for the backcountry?

Ever hear that an extra pound on your feet is equivalent to 5 pounds on your back? Whether or not that oft-quoted piece of backcountry wisdom is exactly right, one thing is definitely true: Hiking requires less effort in lightweight footwear. And therein lies the allure of wearing trail running shoes instead of heavier hiking boots. But is it really safe to do so?…

This column originally appeared in the May/June edition of AMC Outdoors. You can read the full story here.

 “Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

 (Photograph by Ryan Smith)

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