I went hiking in the Austrian Alps this summer with barefoot merrells. It was cold and windy, feet stayed warm. Good traction on steep terrain. So another +1 for the Merrell's.
Originally Posted by adamm
The Merrell's lace up around the arch of your foot, so there is NEVER any slippage, no toes ramming into the front of your shoe even when your standing on a sharp incline. The only thing is that you have to step differently. No balancing on the edge of rocks with your arch, you have to step on the ball of your foot.
Edit: I bought men's trail gloves, they worked just fine.
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