I'll be cross posting this in the clothing section as it applies to footwear. Now recently I had to get a new pair of trail runners and while researching them found that many people used them for thru hikes on the AT, PCT etc. So when looking I kept that in mind for a test and so I picked up a pair of Altra Lone Peak 3.5s. Well today I did a long day hike at French Creek State Park with a 15-20lb load. For people that don't know it, the park has 35 miles of trails, many of them criss crossing, and much of it is made of of rock gardens and steep climbs. These things blew my mind. I felt the trail but my feet didn't get roughed up in the least. My feet hugged the rocks. It made me ask "is this how the trails felt to members of a Native American tribe when they wore moccasins in history?" The lightness was obvious and I even ran a mile or so with the load with little difficulty. Now I wouldn't wear these in colder conditions, or day hikes where I am expecting a lot of rain, there I would stick to my Danners. I also would stick to the boots if I was beating bush and not marked trails. However a multi-day hike on marked trails, 3 season, I might well be a convert because your boots are likely to get wet Gore Tex or not and those take A LOT longer to dry than these would. It's going to be an interesting decision on that mark.