I'm looking for a trail shoe to wear on an REI trip to the Grand Canyon, (Yippee!). My problem is that I have narrow, low volume feet. I prefer lighter shoes but need a bit of support. REI also recommends that we use shoes that are non-waterproof and breathable for this trip. I have tried Salomons and La Sportivas and didn't like either. I am currently using Altras but they are really too wide for me. I can't dial in the shoe around the arch area. I am also trying Oboz Sawtooth low hikers, which are a great shoe, but SO heavy. Any recommendations for other trail runners or low hikers I might try? I need to settle on something soon.
Thanks in advance,
Cindy, it sounds to me like you've tried a number of contenders. What La Sportivas and Solomons were you in? Were you in the Ultra Raptors or the Bushidos from La Sportiva? If you were in one, I would try the other. In the Salomons, I'd check out the Speedcross. Though your best bet for narrow would be the La Sportiva.
Finally, dialing fit online is tricky. Do you have a local store? Calling to connect with their most experience Footwear Specialist could help. Better yet, set up an outfitting appointment! In my store we do these an hour before the store opens for 1 on 1 attention.
Hope this helps,
Merrell trail gloves are my favorite. Tried Altras and like those too. Since you have a situation with Altras being too wide, I guess the Merrells would be a good fit, minimal and snug. Feels like you are running barefoot but with a responsive traction underneath. Hope this helps.
I tired the Ultra Raptors but not the Bushidos. I'll make sure to give them a try. The Salomons were the Speedcross. I just didn't like them.
I have a store an hour or so away. I'll make sure to give them a call and see if I can set up an appointment.
Thanks for your help.
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