When I’m working I always seem to forget about the non-camera related stuff and just take it all for granted. But the little details are only there because I’ve put the effort in at some point to make sure that I don’t have to worry about them. Take shoes for instance. When you’re going to hike up and down a reasonably treacherous mountain trail with a 30+ pound bag full of metal and glass on your back proper footwear is important. I’ve hiked 1000’s of feet in the past wearing only a pair of Teva’s with my snowboard boots strapped to my pack, but I don’t recommend it. A proper pair of hiking or light hiking shoes makes your whole day better. My last pair was with me for just over a year, they were an intermediate pair that I picked up when my last pair of good boots died after a good many years of service, or at least 2 or 3. The last pair were cheap, I found them on sale at a sports store when I was desperate, and they felt cheap. When they died a sad death after less than year of average use I was stuck with nothing but sneakers. They’re okay for walking around on the street, and maybe even a good walking trail, but they didn’t cut it when I had to hike up and down Plattekill Mtn in the Catskills of New York. Nope, sore knees, sore ankles, sore back even. Never thought shoes could affect that much. After that job I immediately went out and found a pair of good shoes, something that I hoped would work for me and last a while.
I’ve had these 5.10 Exum Guides for about 2 months now, and they’ve been worn hard. Rocks, sand, water, they’ve been through it all, and they still look and feel like they’re new. And they feel good, excellent support, reasonably lightweight, comfortable. All the things a pair of shoes should be. Granted at 2 months old they should still be looking new, but I’m still impressed, and mostly by how they feel. I’ll update this post in another 5 or 6 months, after they’ve been through UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and Finals and World Championships, as well as Red Bull Rampage. That should be a proper test for any pair of shoes.