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Why trail running shoes over waterproof boots?

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Quote Originally Posted by jpolk84 View Post
Trail running shoes are lighter, first off. Over the course of the entire route that makes a difference. It's also a difference you notice off the bat. Second, even your waterproof boots are going to get wet. And waterproof boots take a lot longer to dry than trail running shoes. FWIW, I have both and the shoes are my first reach. If it's really cold or a shorter hike I might reach for the boots. There are different takes on this and everyone has to make that choice for themselves. If ankle support isn't a concern and you're going on strictly water resistance, go with shoes. As I said, you're likely to get them wet either way. Andrew Skurka covers this in his Google talk and basically covers the differences and why. Skip to about the 28:12 mark.
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