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Donnerstag, 24. März 2016

Short review of Lizard Moro Mid stalking shoes

 I recently got some new shoes. I have long considered making my own mocassins, but wasn´t able to get decent aftermarket soles. Of course you could use shoe goo, but then you get no traction profiles. Cutting it out is not that much of an option. Why mocassins in the first place, I hear you asking? Yeah. If you have ever tried them in the woods, you will not want anything else period. Of course, there might be better shoes for extreme alpine terrain, but that remains to be discussed... in my opinion, mocassins offer way more surefootedness than "normal" trekking shoes due to the better terrain feedback on your soles. Of course you need to train your feet to their use, but that´s a matter of time. Even Nessmuk his very own self;-) was a high advocate for soft soles or even walking barefooted. Some laid hunters I knew were walking barefoot when stalking in ´em days. But that´s not always an option. Ticks can molest you, and not everyone´s all for ants between your toes. I used to use Neoprene shoes with good success or my own mocassins, but, having a thin sole, they tend to wear out quite fast.

Enter the Lizard "barefoot" lineup. The shoes are constructed around a Vibram multidirectional traction sole with a "barefoot footprint". The sole appears to be quite flexible at first, but, as far as I can say, they have a relatively hard rubber compound. The fit is snug, and they come with an aluminium insole that proved to be a bit too warm for my liking, so I replaced it with a common Coolmax insole.
 The fit is tight and glove-like. The leather shaft is very soft and comfy. To facilitate access, there is a zipper in addition to the laces. There is a Neoprene interior which keeps your feet warm and nice while providing - in combination with a Drytex membrane - dry feet even when traversing creeks. It was then that I noticed that the soles is not actually at its best when wet.
While the shoes really inspire confidence and encourage even some parcours-like running endeavour when dry or even in moist forest ground environment, balancing over wet logs, rocks or even hardpack terrain can send you arse over teacup in no time, which is not THAT great. But then it is one of the first shoes developed for this kind of endeavour, and all in all it is a huge step in the right direction. For Skóggángr dynamic hiking, running and martial arts techniques, they are really cool. They sell at roundabout 138,00 €. We´ll see how long they last in the woods, and then I will know if they are worth the bucks...;-) I´ll keep you posted!

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  1. Those do look comfy. I've also been wanting to make moccasins, but haven't summoned up the inspiration yet. Instead I bought a pair of dirt-cheap Patagonia shoes that were probably intended as around-the-camp shoes. The outside is leather except for the soft foam-rubber sole, but the synthetic lining may end up being too warm. The soles were nearly worn through, but I bought them anyway thinking I'll someday replace the soles with leather. I only need shoes for the occasional thorn patch on the trails I walk, so I may just make simple sandals instead. I've been doing barefoot for a couple years and also conditioning the feet to cold. Other than seriously thorny areas and sub-freezing temps, barefoot really is the way to go.

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  2. In Skóggángr however, I find myself often careening down a debris-filled slope... no conditioning can prevent your feet from being torn open by some sharp rocks, so these quite do the trick... They just could do with more traction, but other than that, they´re cool. Walking barefoot indeed has really enriched my life and my connection to the earth and myself!

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    1. That's true enough. I do find that I can't go everywhere I'd like barefooted, or not as far. Today I did some hiking in an area much rougher than I'm used to, and even flimsy sandals would have been nice to have; I walked and climbed slowly and with diminished confidence. Someday I hope to get close to not needing shoes at all, but a pair of moccasins could be a good bit of emergency gear anyway.

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    2. Don´t get me wrong, barefoot rules, and if the farmer can´t swim properly it´s always the swimming pants...;-) as is, my feet are still not hard enough. But shoes like these do the trick of training your muscles (for as we all know it´s a common misconception you need hard and calloused skin, but hard and flexible muscles...). In fact it is amazing how little you use your muscles when using stiff boots... so these go a long way in preparing you NOT to need them, if I am making any sense.

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    3. Makes perfect sense. Looking at the pics, it looks like your Lizards have a bit of arch support from the side. Arch support is the archenemy of the foot, I believe, but if you go barefoot sometimes anyway then your feet are strong enough to not be adversely affected when wearing shoes. And a supportive shoe can be quite useful for rehabilitation if you happen to injure your foot.

      If you can find the American best-seller Born to Run, read chapter 25. The rest of the book may or may not be worth a read, but that chapter confirms much of what I've been suspecting, and really is common sense if you don't buy into the hype (very lucrative) surrounding shoes.

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    1. http://www.amazon.de/Lizard-Kross-Urban-Mid-Women/dp/B00NLIZN4G


      ...think that should do...;-)

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Now go on, discuss and rant and push my ego;-). As long as it´s a respectful message, every comment is welcome!

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