Any non-waterproof mids?

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Shewie, Nov 19, 2020.

  1. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I quite like a mid boot for rough terrain, are there any non-lined non-waterproof mids about these days that are worth a look?
  2. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Would you count the Inov8 Roclite G 370 as a mid? To be honest, I'm not sure how well it would stand up to rough ground with the way the mesh comes right down to the sole unit. The Roclite G 335 looks better that way, but it's insulated.
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  3. Robert P

    Robert P Ultralighter

    The Salomon X-Ultra mid 3 Aero has no liner; I've used the lined version on many rough routes in the Scottish Highlands so it may be an option (if they fit)
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  4. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

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  5. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    The reviews on the 370's are pretty poor unfortunately William, which is a shame because Inov8 fit me well. Is the 335 the one with Primaloft? I 'll have a look.


    Thanks Robert, I'll have a look at those. My Trek Ultra boots were brilliant and the SC3's I had were very comfy


    Thanks Robin, not seen those before
  6. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Primaloft, yes. As @Chiseller will tell you, it means they're slower to dry. I find them roomy and comfortable but only use them when we're walking in snow.
  7. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Nailed it... They're great for drying quick in warm weather or when there is a few miles of dry trail to be had between soaking... Otherwise a nightmare on prolonged wet sections like bog, Meadows and such. I'd have another pair, even though I destroyed them. They'd be a strictly cold and dry weather boot this time.
    I did wear them in warm and. Cold. And. Often as daily footwear.
    Super comfy, but the longevity of. The g grip soles was questionable.
  8. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    HOKA SKY ARKALI
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  9. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    They're a bit different... Crazy stack height, yet don't appear to be. Only a 5mm drop sounds good.
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  10. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Don't Altra do a mid version of the Lone Peak?
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  11. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Have you got a link Phil? I can only find eVent waterproof models
  12. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Section Hiker

    Meindl do several traditional style leather models, as well as non-GoreTex with modern soles. Quality is excellent, downside is the price!
  13. Robert P

    Robert P Ultralighter

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  14. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Do they dry out fairly quickly Helen? I've worn unlined Lundhags before for multi-day trips and they were pretty miserable after a couple of river crossings
  15. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    There's not many about is there

    I've managed to find one pair in a size 9, on Amazon, French seller and they want £258 a pair :eek:
  16. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member


    I used some unlined Ecco Biom leather boots for a trip on Dartmoor a while ago. Lovely boots but never dried out. Reluctantly ditched them. Always fancied Lundhags but v. expensive and worried about not drying out.
  17. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Sorry @Shewie I was talking from memory. I once quite fancied a pair, didn't realise they have stopped making them.
  18. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Section Hiker

    I used to have a pair about 30 years ago for field trips in Scottish bogs. They needed a good overnight in a warm boot room stuffed with paper, felt like lead on the feet 'cos the leather soaked up water like a sponge!! I converted to GoreTex about 20 years ago with my first pair of Salomons - felt positively featherweight!! I've used Salomon or Salewa ever since with GoreTex, apart from a pair of Meindl Lady Vakuums for a couple of years. Meindl are excellent quality, hence the big price tag. They do last well, but they're not light, however if you like a leather boot, they probably have the widest range I've seen.
  19. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    What's you interest in bogs @Heltrekker ?
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  20. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

  21. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

  22. Lemming

    Lemming Trekker

    They can be a bit difficult to find, but Salomon have a few non GTX models in their Forces range.

    I had a pair of the Quest 4D which worked well in the Cairngorms, including in winter.
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  23. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Section Hiker

    We were doing geophysical surveys using electromag and Vibrasize equipment. You have to do it an a grid pattern, so if your grid goes through a bog, so do you!! Spending two weeks at a time up to my elbows and knees in peat clags converted me to gold exploration in Africa - no bloody peat in the jungle!!!! (But strangely, I missed it.....:wink:)
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  24. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Mixed reviews.....

    The altlight is a near perfect pack hiker, it dries fast, is incredibly light even when wet, and has great grip even on thos rainy slick days. That being said the shoe has one flaw, every pair both I and my girlfriend have had, has seen the Vibram sole start to separate from the rest of the shoole within the first few hundred miles. Whatever the glue is which they are using is inferior to other soles of theirs, fix the glue you've got the perfect shoe.

    Mid Sole Issues
    This is a comfortable lightweight boot that is cheaply designed. The midsole can not stand up to a single days hike in the High Sierra's. I had asked and got my first pair replaced because of this deterioration of the mid sole. I was assured that I was the only person to have had this issue. Well, I guess I am now the only person to have the issue with 2 pairs. The Mid Sole simply breaks away from the sole when it comes in contact with any rock or hard surface. I was able to finish my 5 day hike with them but will never use again.

    Product Usage Backpacking trips

    Not a Good Start......
    Have been a lifetime buyer of the MOAB shoes and decided to try the new Altralight. Received them today and while putting them on, I pulled "Slightly" on the tongue and ribbon and it came right off. I hope this is not a sign of the quality and how the shoe will perform. Because this ribbon thing doesn't provide any functional purpose other than straightening the tongue up, I will keep them and start putting some miles on them.

    The Shoe does fit slightly smaller than size but is very comfortable out of the box. I hope they feel the same after a few miles are put on them.
  25. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Sounds like most of the footwear I've bought for years. :laugh:

    A few hundred miles? That whips most of their lifespan.
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