Hiking boots vs Runners on Inca Trail in August

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Hiking boots vs Runners on Inca Trail in August

Postby g_traveller_87603cc3 » Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:04 am

Hi there,

Trying to decide on things to pack for the 'Peru on a Shoestring' which includes the inca trail. I'm going in August 2017 and wanting to be minimalistic with regards to luggage as I will be travelling North America for a few months prior to this trip.

Is it better to take hiking boots compared to runners? Or will I be OK with runners along the trail?
Has anyone completed the trek in August and can suggest clothing to pack with regards to weather?

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Re: Hiking boots vs Runners on Inca Trail in August

Postby g_traveller_17c31d92 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:59 pm

Hi there,

I'll be there in August too. Everyone I have spoken to has said if your doing the trek you should defiantly wear hiking boots (the rough terrain isn't always predictable).
I'm away 6 weeks so got a pair of mid height light weight Columbia ones so I can wear them everyday. Depending where in the world you are, you can pick up some pretty decent branded, cheap ones.
Hope that helps a little!?

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Re: Hiking boots vs Runners on Inca Trail in August

Postby Graybeard » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:03 am

Ah, I see that the much discussed Inca Trail-Hiking boots question is once again being asked. A "search" of this topic will provide a lot of assistance. But, in brief, here's some info: Yes, folks do hike the trail in all sorts of footwear, and some come to regret their choice. If you are already a hiker, esp. in larger hills and mountains, your current hiking boots would likely work. When I did the Trail, I used my well broken in ankle high boots, which I prefer b/c they give better support and traction. Lower cut pairs of boots were observed as were GOOD quality trail running shoes. (NOTE: depending which English speaking country you are from, this can mean different things.) The trail is rocky in spots so a good footbed with support is necessary. The stone steps can be VERY slippery. Whatever you chose be sure they are well broken in prior. New boots can ruin your trip and your feet.

As far as clothing - this too has been much discussed lately. The answer is: layers! On the trail, you only need a (Yes, one!) change of clothes, plus rain, wind protection, etc. The amount you can take is limited.
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Re: Hiking boots vs Runners on Inca Trail in August

Postby IndyGent » Wed May 03, 2017 3:54 pm

Hi,
I think what you wear on your feet depends on how nimble you are. The young guys on the tour that I was on seemed to do just fine with running shoes. Some parts of the Inca trail are more like well placed boulders than road pavers and you step from stone to stone. It is possible to lose your footing and twist your ankle if you don't have boots with good soles and ankle support. If you are young and can leap around like a mountain goat you could probably get by with lighter shoes.

It really has to do with your level of fitness and your confidence when it comes right down to it.

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Re: Hiking boots vs Runners on Inca Trail in August

Postby g_traveller_4fd24def » Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:39 am

Just got back from doing the Trail in May...I wore Merrell Women's Hiking Shoes Siren Sport and had zero problems (including during the half day of rain we got). I couldn't imagine using anything bigger/bootier. (My dad wore Merrell hiking shoes as well and my husband used his old puma running shoes. The Puma's slipped a couple times but they have zero tread).
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