|Solomon XA Pro 3Ds, Merrell Wilderness. & Garmont Nagevis|
I own and have tried trail shoes. I have worn my pair of Garmont Nagevi while hiking some wet trails in New York’s Shawangunks and in West Virginia’s Otter Creek Wilderness. They didn’t keep my feet warm or dry while day hiking over trails with frost and light snow.
I have worn my Solomon XA Pro 3Ds while day hiking in Western Pennsylvania’s Raccoon Creek State Park and a four day three night backpacking trip on Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. They performed no better or no worse than the Garmonts. When hiking through the rain on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, my feet got wet when Merrell boots would probably have kept my feet dry.
When I am heading out for a day hike and expect the weather to be warm and dry, I may still wear my Garmont or Solomon hiking shoes because they are lighter than my Merrell boots and my feet stay a little cooler and dryer in them. For wetter or cooler weather, however, I will always opt for my old fashion all leather hiking boots.
This is a slightly edited version of a post that originally appeared on The Trek.