“However, there’s a balance between lightweight and durability. So while some products may be ‘ultra’ light, they may also be sacrificial in terms of long-term usage – something that took a few years for customers to learn.” Chris Shaffer covers the outdoors for the Daily News. He can be reached at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The outdoor industry is constantly striving to design hiking shoes that offer the most comfortable, lightweight and sturdy boot available to outdoor adventurers. For the past several years, that trend is racing toward lightweight shoes. Although there’s still a need for heavy, durable boots, many hikers and manufactures are jumping on the bandwagon of creating light and fast hiking boots. Some question the durability, comfort and stability of these boots in adverse conditions, but they are guaranteed to treat you well anywhere in the mountains, hills and valleys of Southern California and on day hikes in the Sierra. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “After comfort and fit, consumers want support and protection and then durability in their products,” Sachs says. “These things add weight to a boot. When you add a more sturdy sole unit or upper material, it is thicker and therefore weighs more. But it can also protect the foot and ankle better and add to a better experience. If someone is day hiking, without a pack – on easy terrain like SoCal beaches – you do not need that.” Light and fast hiking boots are here to stay. “The heavy, built-up hiking boots and bulky multisport shoes are a thing of the past,” says Keith Anderson, director of marketing for Wolverine World Wide’s Outdoor Group, maker of the popular Merrell hiking shoes. “Consumers clearly want lighter, faster, high-performance footwear in this era of the fastpack and speed-hike. Merrell recognized this trend several years ago and has addressed the demand for lighter weight with durability in every shoe we make, whether for the trail or the street.” Lightweight hiking boots are becoming standard in Southern California. Nearly all day hikes in the region require only a lightweight shoe. It’s those who plan to head off the trail that might want to purchase a shoe with more stability. “The lightweight buzzword that permeated the outdoor world several years ago created a new and, arguably, refreshing spirit for outdoor products,” says Jason Stadler of Asolo. “Somewhat coinciding with the workforce’s inability to get out and play as much as previous generations, people wanted products that they were able to take on a variety of adventures while not compromising performance or support. This buzz quickly became the defining mentality behind product design. “The question is not one of advantage and disadvantage. It comes down to what the boots are going to be used for,” says Peter Sachs, general manager of LOWA. “What kind of terrain, how heavy a pack, etc. A lightweight hiking boot will not work with a 40-pound pack. At the same time, a lightweight hiking boot is not needed for walking on the beaches of Southern California.” Nonetheless, critics argue that a lightweight boot sacrifices many of the important facets of a hiking boot.
Mike Gundy on being clutch“I don’t know if I’ve ever been around a team, I’m sure I haven’t, that’s been as effective that this one has been on third downs.” (Oklahoman)Jordan Sterns on his favorite play (the game-sealing pick)“It’s probably my favorite play of mine so far, personally. Just because it’s been about 20 games and I’ve come close to a bunch of interceptions and I dropped them. I finally came up with one tonight … I was smiling. I felt like I was back in little league when I scored my first touchdown.” (Oklahoman)Gundy on TV“I’m sure TV loves us. It’s a good win by the team. As we all know, coming up here and playing is never really easy.” (AP)J.W. Walsh on being relentless“You don’t win without having some maturity and a relentless football team and we’ve been able to attain those things very well. There was not a doubt in anyone’s mind. You could see it in everybody’s eyes.” (AP)Gundy with some truth“Those [losses] never go away as a coach. Down 10 in the fourth quarter,  crossed my mind.” (ESPN)Walsh on Rudolph (this is awesome)“I walked up to Mason [before the fourth quarter] on the sideline and told him, ‘You do you.’ He’s shown that when it’s crunch time, he makes plays — every time.” (ESPN)David Glidden on the year“This is — I don’t want to say a dream season yet. Hopefully we can look back at the end and say that it was.” (ESPN)Mike Gundy on that first half“I said this all week long. I said it again last night, I said it again today, I said it in the locker room, [and] I said it before we left the hotel, you’re challenge this week is to come out with as much fire in your stomach as you did last week, and we didn’t. And that’s all we talked about. I just don’t understand why. We were just kinda flat.” (Go Pokes)Gundy on the false start“I thought, ‘That’s the best break we’ve got all day.’ We finally got a break. Somebody was kind of looking over us, and then, to convert.” (Tulsa World)Walsh summing it up for all of us“That’s crazy. Our team is unbelievable. It’s not just the leaders who say, ‘Hey, we’ve got a chance. We’re in this thing.’ It’s everybody. The whole team believes.” (Tulsa World)Paul Rhoads with some truth“Plenty of fight in our kids, and they showed it against a team ranked fifth in the country, (that) now sits 10-0 and has an opportunity to finish up to play in the playoffs and play for a national championship.” (Tulsa World)If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!