Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Burnaby (of course), , .
I love my Scarpa leather + goretex backpacking boots. They are way more comfortable for me on long hikes than light hikers or running shoes and they are very waterproof (although whether they would be equally so without the goretex, I don't know). I also recently bought a pair of fabric + goretex Salomon mid-height hikers and they're great too, although not nearly as comfortable as the Scarpas. The goretex in the Salomons works great to keep my feet dry, although I do admit they are a bit hot.
Regarding ankles, my experience doesn't jive with the argument that boots do not offer much better protection than low or mid-cut runners/hikers - they are much, much better, especially when I'm tired and going downhill.