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    So I have very weak ankles and have lots of achilles tendon problems. I have always hiked with heavier boots. The one time I spent a few weeks in the White Mountains I tried using light sneaker boots and had bad achilles tendon problems and had to buy a new pair of heavier boots to solve the problem.

    As I am getting older I want to do everything I can to stay up with my 22 year old son and using low hikers was part of a multi-pronged assault on aging.

    After a year of weight lifting my legs (and arms and core) are stronger. I think all that work had toughed up my tendons so for fathers day I bought a pair of Oboz MEN'S CIRQUE LOW.

    We hiked Colden going from the Loj through Avalanche Pass.

    I loved the lightness on my feet and that advantage more than made up for having to be more careful with my foot placement.

    One time my foot slipped side ways and the side of my foot bashed a rock and boy that was painful. These shoes are not as forgiving as boots.

    The way up was pure joy and the way down was a little slower. Boots just rock the downhills there is no comparison.

    I took someone's advice from the forum and got them without goretex and my feet got wet and muddy inside the shoes by since I hike with wool socks they dried as I hiked and were not a problem. I took my shoes off on the summit and my feet were drier then usual!

    Overall I will be wearing these for all of my day hikes with my son in the future.

    I will still use my boots for backpacking.

    What really helped for keeping up with my son was the iron deposits embedded in the rock. Thank God my son is going to school for geology and kept stopping to examine the trail! "Oh yeah! Look at that! What do you think that is? Oh look! It's over here too! It does look like iron!"
    Leave No Trace!

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    I'm in the same boat. Trying to keep up with my 19 year old son. I've been wearing Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hikers but for summer hiking with a day pack they are a little much. I've been looking to buy a pair of Lowa Renegade mid hikers based on my brothers recommendations. After reading your post, I'm going to bite the bullet and purchase a pair.