Today I went to every outfitter in town looking for a good pair of snow hiking boots. I have a pair of waterproof Vasque GTX trail runners that are like walking on clouds. But now that there’s snow I was worried that I’d need something to keep my feet warmer for hiking on snow. I couldn’t find a pair of Vasque anywhere and I didn’t like the fit of the Merrells and the Keens everyone seems to carry. I went out hiking anyway hoping that the ground would be either clear enough or packed enough for make the trail runners sufficient. I’m glad I did. That little experiment saved me about $150!
I hiked Hickory Meadows and spent a lot of the time about 3 inches deep in snow and my feet were completely toasty the whole time.
I walked 2 miles on snow in 45 minutes.