“The Pacific Crest Trail is not a trivial undertaking. Walking 2650 miles at 20+ miles per day for 148 days takes a toll on your body, especially when your body is 64 years old. When I set out on the PCT, I knew it would be tough, but I learned quickly that the first thing that will take most people off the trail early is feet problems.
I started my hike in a pair of softer trail shoes thinking the extra cushion would give me some protection from the rough and uneven trail tread. I quickly learned that the shape of the shoe and the lack of stability created more problems that it solved. Barely 100 miles into the hike I had terrible blisters and had lost four toenails.
I quickly noticed that most of the experienced through hikers were wearing the same unusual shoe, Altras. It was my first exposure to Altras, and I got a pair of Lone Peak 2.0. This was somewhere around mile 300, and all my foot problems instantly went away. The Zero Drop sole allowed my body to walk with a very natural stride and the wide toe-box gave my feet plenty of room to spread out comfortably which they will invariably do on a long hike. I found the cushion to be an ideal balance between flexibility and support, which kept my feet comfortable and moving all day long. Most days I walked nonstop for 13 hours at a time. The unique double mesh design on the uppers allowed the shoes to breathe so I didn’t have problems with sweaty feet causing blisters. In addition, they dried out quickly after it rained, which it did plenty of through Oregon and Washington. In total, I went through five pairs of Altras in the 2,300 miles that I wore them. They got me through really rough terrain, mud and snow and served me well in all conditions. I can say without question that I don’t think I would have completed this hike without my Altras” — Dean Paschall, Sun Valley, ID
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