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Re: Questions on footwear

Postby emiller3 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:33 am

I got them half price last Spring at a Dick's Sporting Goods sidewalk sale. I got the orange/black/gray ones, must not have been a popular color.
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Re: Questions on footwear

Postby Timko » Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:42 am

Those same ones have been on SAC recenty at half price.

Personally, I prefer non GTX shoes and Sealskinz. The lining in shoes always wears out after a year.
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Re: Questions on footwear

Postby stoneman » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:57 pm

Same here. I love the Sealskins. I have 4 pair of Salomon XCRs that I rotate around...got them all on Steep & Cheap for at least half price. I don't get the whole gortex lined shoe...if you even walk through damp grass that's over the top of the shoe, you're getting wet. :lol:
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Re: Questions on footwear

Postby colombo117 » Tue Mar 23, 2010 1:41 pm

I have been eyeing these shoes for a while. Anybody on here have experience with them?
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Re: Questions on footwear

Postby Cavere » Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:34 pm

I've been wearing skate shoes, should I look for something with better ability to allow my plant foot to pivot? I've been working on shifting my weight forward and the pivot isn't coming around which was killing my knee the past few days.
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Re: Questions on footwear

Postby Jaysus » Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:10 am

Jaysus wrote:I picked up a pair of Garmont Vento on clearance at at local outfitter this week. About to take them out for a test drive, and a long rough course - I've heard good things about the brand - they look like great summer DG shoes.

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I have been real please with this shoe - and would definitely recommend the brand to anyone looking into a new pair of DG kicks.

Here is a pretty decent deal on a different pair of Garmonts that was posted on DGCR: http://www.extremeoutfitters.us/alias-2 ... erans.aspx
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Re: Questions on footwear

Postby jenb » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:09 am

I've been on a shoe quest for a while. The courses near me have some extremely steep "fairways," especially Veteran's park. I shattered an ankle many years ago, and it tends to turn under very easily. I have fallen several times on another course nearby in Grand Prairie, and wound up in the ER after one spill that landed my knee onto the sharp edge of a metal gas line. I got hiking boots specifically for playing Veterans, and I just avoid the Grand Prairie Course altogether now. But I find I have to adjust my technique switching back and forth between shoes and boots.

Anyway, I just ordered these Salomon mid cuts, and I hope they work out. Does anyone have any other suggestions for footwear I can try if the Salomon's don't do the trick?


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Re: Questions on footwear

Postby JR » Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:32 am

ihasadisc wrote:I've been on a shoe quest for a while. The courses near me have some extremely steep "fairways," especially Veteran's park. I shattered an ankle many years ago, and it tends to turn under very easily. I have fallen several times on another course nearby in Grand Prairie, and wound up in the ER after one spill that landed my knee onto the sharp edge of a metal gas line. I got hiking boots specifically for playing Veterans, and I just avoid the Grand Prairie Course altogether now. But I find I have to adjust my technique switching back and forth between shoes and boots.

Anyway, I just ordered these Salomon mid cuts, and I hope they work out. Does anyone have any other suggestions for footwear I can try if the Salomon's don't do the trick?


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Before trying out any more new shoes after you get the Salomons i'd try the cheaper and more versatile route. I've almost torn a ligament in two and have used ankle braces of different thicknesses based on the roughness of the course and how far i'm with healing. Heavy duty brace limited mobility and distance a lot and when the ankle was hurting more it was the only way i could play. I can't heel pivot with the heavy duty brace. My light brace was bought after the snow fell so i haven't been able to give it a normal try but i do get mobility out of it. It's too little for me at work but it seems to work in the snow. I can't tell how i'll fare with it in the summer until i go to Holland late in March.

I can't tell you how thick and stiff braces you need for different terrains because i don't know how easy it is to hurt your ankle. So you need to test different shoes with one brace in different terrains and decide if you need a different strength brace. Braces are great for support and they are immune to laces breaking and the shoes suddenly not supporting the ankle. If your ankle is really bad a stiffer brace may be better overall with the realization that it will cost you in distance and form. If you can swing it using just a light brace more power to you!

You're looking at good and expensive shoes and you can buy both light and heavy duty braces and save money compared to shoes. Braces don't wear that fast so you'll benefit from them longer than from the shoes. Probably. I use a brace at work daily and i got two years from a heavy brace. On top of using it while playing and religiously field practicing. Breaking thousand drives per week on many occasions.

Considering the low price of some models and your tendency of turning under the ankle it sounds your ligaments are too lose and that increases the chance of further injury a lot. That is why i think you'd be better off in the long run with at least a medium support brace. Ankles get worse and more easily breaking with each injury. Please don't take any chances that would cut your playing career short. Plus worsening your quality of life.
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Re: Questions on footwear

Postby jenb » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:48 pm

I've steered clear of ankle braces since my surgeon told me to avoid them 22 years ago after the cast was removed, and then again when he took the screw out of the bone. I think he didn't want me becoming dependent on them, and hampering the recovery. But I guess it won't hurt to wear one when playing disc golf, and my recovery is certainly as complete as it's going to get. I'll give it a try if the Salomons don't work out. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Re: Questions on footwear

Postby jenb » Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:08 pm

My Salomons arrived today. I was a bit concerned when I read, after placing the order, that they are not good for wide feet. But even though my feet are a little wide, these shoes fit really well. I've never had a shoe with this much arch support. They are really comfortable. I'm looking forward to wearing them out when it warms up.
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Re: Questions on footwear

Postby dgdave » Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:20 pm

I've got wide feet and love Salomons. I also wear 14s so they may widen out in larger sizes.

On a side note, I just got a pair of Lunarmx+ Nikes for my everyday tennis shoe and they are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes I've ever worn.
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Re: Questions on footwear

Postby stinlin » Wed May 11, 2011 9:25 am

Hi all - question! Pardon my ignorance, but I don't want to go through 13 pages of posts to get a quick answer. :) I think it's time I invest in some solid shoes for the sport. I've been using some nice running shoes for about a year, but they breathe super well and have a semi-permeable meshing covering a majority of the shoe (to help with breath-ability). This proves to be a WONDERFUL issue when it's wet. On top of that, the shoes have not held up too well - the meshing has started to open up and tear.

I've noticed a lot of recommendations for Merrel's (my dad suggested these as well when I was visiting family this past weekend), but I don't really know much about solid outdoor shoe shopping. Obviously, everyone wants something different or something more catered to their foot, but I think it's generally accepted that we all want a durable, waterproof/watertight shoe for the sport. My first question is this - are all Merrel outdoor/hiking shoes waterproof/watertight? And even more important - do most stores have a warranty or replacement plan in place for these nice shoes? Again, I'm not familiar at all with super-shoe shopping, so protips are welcome. Thanks!
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Re: Questions on footwear

Postby Apothecary » Wed May 11, 2011 9:37 am

stinlin wrote: My first question is this - are all Merrel outdoor/hiking shoes waterproof/watertight? And even more important - do most stores have a warranty or replacement plan in place for these nice shoes? Again, I'm not familiar at all with super-shoe shopping, so protips are welcome. Thanks!


i just got rid of my second pair of merril moab gtxs. great shoes...when its dry out. i play a lot of early morning golf and theres often dew on the grass and my shoes end up getting really wet.

my feet also would end up wet. $100 shoes with the best waterproof/breathable material on the planet and my feet still ended up wet. :evil:

besides that, they were great for golf for the short time that they lasted. both pairs were returned dye to the body starting to unglue from the sole.

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REI. best place to buy, hands down. you pay a little bit more, but you get a 100% satisfaction guarantee. theyre AWESOME with returns.

opted for the vasque breeze with gore-tex for my new pair. a bit taller with a little more ankle support. super aggressive vibram sole.

hoping they do what a nice light hiking boot should do: support the ankle and sole and keep ma tootsies dry!
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Re: Questions on footwear

Postby mark12b » Wed May 11, 2011 9:44 am

With Merrell, look for "GTX" as part of the name if you want waterproof. E.g. I like Moab Ventilators, which are non-waterproof and have a lot of that mesh you're talking about. The Moab Ventilator GTX model additionally has a Goretex lining to help keep water out. In most conditions I like the breathable shoes better since Goretex is hot and my feet get wet anyway due to sweat.

REI (not sure if you have one near you) has high prices but a great return policy and will take stuff back for just about any reason. I don't feel right returning shoes that just have normal wear and tear, but I have no problem returning things that break, turn out to be a bad fit, etc.
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Re: Questions on footwear

Postby emiller3 » Wed May 11, 2011 9:46 am

For most of the major brands, they'll carry waterproof and non-waterproof versions of the same shoe, so you'll have to do your homework from that regard. Waterproof isn't completely necessary, and despite what they say, I don't think waterproof material is typically very breathable, nor does it always work. You can get waterproof socks so you only have to go waterproof when necessary.

I bought my shoes from REI, they offer a full replacement if I'm not happy for any reason.

You really ought to try some shoes on and decide for yourself. I thought some of the Merrells looked cool, but when I tried them on in the store, they were extremely firm and lumpy, they didn't fit my feet well at all.

I bought the Teva Riva eVents and they are AWESOME. Hands down the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn and they have proven bullet-proof so far. The eVent is Teva's waterproof material, I would have rather gotten them in the standard mesh but couldn't find them locally to try on.

I bought the Riva's for mountain courses, which I play often. I prefer less grippy cross-trainer type shoes for courses with cement tee pads. I have two pairs of Salomon XT Wings that have been great in every respect, but even they some sole-separation going on. I wouldn't spend more than $70 on cross trainers, I haven't found a pair that's worth breaking the bank like some of the hiking shoes.
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