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Old 03-20-2019, 09:44 AM   #69
Neil
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Hikers in sneakers.

The word sneakers conjures up images of canvas and rubber low-cut runners such as I wore in gym class several decades ago. However, I've seen people in robust trail runners with gaiters and microspikes move swiftly up trails that are very hard-packed. I believe the current winter 46 speed record holder did the 46W in Hokas.
I'm not defending these clowns on Giant who seem to have been clueless but hiking and ultra-fitness have undergone a fusion. (hiking and nature-loving are for us geezers). We will see more and more people looking like they are heading to yoga class and wearing packs that look like jackets as they do sub 10-hour Great Range Traverses in late October. Will this cause an uptick in rescues?
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