[EDIT] Repost: OR Nike Shoes - Rick
- Hey Rick!
Very nice, well written owner review. Thank you for submitting it. You
have done an excellent job, and made the editing easy. I do have a few
things for you to consider below. There are a few typos, and several
edits which may impinge on your style, so feel free to oppose my
suggestions. You may repost to the list (adding the word REPOST to the
subject line) when you have made all the changes you deem appropriate.
Your html in the test folder looks very pleasing, and I see that the Nike
link works there.
Thanks again for this excellent review.
BGT Edit Moderator.
Over the last 24 months, I have gone from being a heavy-weight (2 Duluth
Pack) canoe camper to a three-season base pack weight of about 11 lb (5
kg) and skin out weight of 20 lb (9 kg).
[EDIT/COMMENT] As this is a "from / to" sentence I am having difficult
finding the "to". You have gone from being a "canoe camper" to a what? I
think it would read better you ended the sentence with "lightweight
backpacker" or something similar.
I have completed many section hikes on the AT in all four seasons...
[EDIT] I generally ask people to spell out Appalachian Trail (and other
abbreviated trail names).
Manufacturer's Link: Nike (link)
Looking for a light waterproof shoe, practical for hiking I ran into this
shoe at the local outfitter. These shoes are light, have good traction,
and are reasonably waterproof/breathable with a GORE-TEX XCR membrane
[EDIT] The second sentence here sounds like a summary more than an intro.
If you are talking about your selection process you might say "These
shoes appeared to have good traction...", or "were advertised as
Lavishing nearly an hour on trying the shoes was the right thing to do.
[EDIT] This may be a style issue, but this reads better to me if the 'on'
is on the other side of 'trying': Lavishing nearly an hour trying on the
shoes was the right thing to do.
They seem do do well on wet stream rocks, green rock gardens on AT
[EDIT] Please, no "do do"... :-)
The traction is very good on steep uphills, steep downhills, and on the
transverse slopes found on hillside traverses.
[EDIT] The second "traverses" seems redundant. Maybe: "...on the
transverse slopes found on hillsides" or "...on the transverse slopes
found on hillside switchbacks"
The Achilles tendon cut-out allows me to keep my toes downhill on very
[EDIT] Consider adding the word 'pointing' as follows: The Achilles
tendon cut-out allows me to keep my toes pointing downhill on very steep
Generally, a stop for 5 or 10 minutes allows the worst of a storm to pass
over, leaving the path with less deep puddles, and with my feet
considerably drier than on instances when I walked through the maelstrom.
[EDIT] I would change 'for' to 'of'... "Generally, a stop of 5 or 10
When rain lasts this long, the stitching where the tongue is joined to the
body of the shoe eventually leaks.
[EDIT] Consider removing the comma.
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>Thanks for the edit. All edits taken on board. Just one clarification: Is it
> Very nice, well written owner review. Thank you for submitting it. You
> have done an excellent job, and made the editing easy.
acceptable to spell out Appalachian Trail (AT) with its abbreviation the first
time in the review, and then refer to the AT from there on? I must admit to
borrowing this from technical writing, but it seems appropriate here too.
Thanks for the comments on my Background. It need a bath anyway. I will be
reposting the other OR in the queue that only changes the background.
Nike ACG Yahats XCR Trail Shoes
Owner Review by Rick Allnutt
After a 185-mile Appalachian Trail Section Hike
PERSONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
51 Year old male
6' 0'' (183 cm) in height
190 lbs (86 kg) in weight
US shoe size: 11 1/2
Email address: ra1 (at) imrisk (dot) com
I live in Dayton, Ohio
Over the last several years, I have become an ultralight camper with a
three-season base pack weight of about 11 lb (5 kg) and skin out weight of 20
lb (9 kg). I have completed many section hikes on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in
all four seasons, with a total mileage of nearly 450 miles (725 km). I am a
gearhead, a hammock camper, and make much of my own equipment.
Year Manufactured: January 2003
Manufacturer's Link: Nike
Size: US11 1/2
Listed Weight: n/a
Measured Weight (pair): 32.7 oz (927 g)
Review Date: 14 June 2004
I have used these Nike trail shoes on several section hikes on the AT, for a
total of about two full weeks of hikes; in rain, sun, heat, and cold. Actual
backpacking trail mileage exceeds 250 mi (400 km). They continue to look great
and work very well. Temperatures have ranged from below freezing to about 90 F
(32 C). I have worn it them in snow, sun, in thunderstorms and in all day rain.
I have used them to slog for hours through wet knee high grass. They have been
used with and without gaiters.
Looking for a light waterproof shoe, practical for hiking I ran into this shoe
at the local outfitter. These shoes appeared to be light, have good traction,
and be reasonably waterproof/breathable with a GORE-TEX XCR membrane layer.
The main reason I chose these shoes from the wall of lightweight hiking shoes
was simple comfort. After trying on about 8 different shoe styles, these Nike
shoes were far and away the most comfortable on my feet.
The uppers of these shoes are mainly a medium gray color which stays scuff free
and good looking. Some portions of the upper made of cloth, are black in color.
Unlike many pairs of white running shoes the uppers do not show dirt.
The sole has an aggressive pattern of medium soft lugs and a deep groove between
the heel and forefoot. I have had no problem with slipping in these shoes. They
seem to do well on wet stream rocks, green rock gardens on AT hillsides, and on
root infested paths. The traction is very good on steep uphills, steep
downhills, and on the side-ways slanted pathways found on hillside traverses.
The support of the shoe allows me to walk up 45 degree slopes without rotating
my toes out to a "pigeon-toed" position. The Achilles tendon cut-out allows me
to keep my toes pointing downhill on very steep descents.
The ankle is not well supported by the low-cut design, but this does allow my
ankle to comfortably rotate so my foot can stay in contact with paths with
slope from one side to the other. In a similar way, I can place each foot on
the surface of individual rocks in the jumble of trail rock gardens.
The interior of the shoe is lined with foam and cloth. This has lasted well
during 6 months of hiking use. There is a removable/washable foam insert.
I have used the shoes with and without gaiters. Without gaiters, the shoes are
comfortable for street or camp use. However, on the trail I find the use of
gaiters essential to keep sand, dirt, leaves, and sticks out of these low
shoes. Also, the gaiters keep most rain and water out of the shoes. The shoes
are very "gaiter friendly" with the deep groove between the heel and forefoot
on the sole. This groove protects the string used to hold the two sides of a
gaiter down. I have not needed to replace the gaiter lace under either shoe.
The shoes do an excellent job of keeping shallow water from wetting the inside
of the shoe when crossing small streams or getting water from springs.
The GORE-TEX does a fantastic job of letting sweat evaporate and keeping
moisture from building up. This is especially true when a portion of the front
of the gaiter can be kept open to promote air movement in and out of the shoe.
With the low sides of the shoes, I have found it important to not go splashing
through deep puddles, even with the gaiters on. Stepping into deep puddles
eventually leads to a shoe full of water as the water cascades over the top of
the side of the shoe. For this reason, I have adopted a strategy of stopping
for a few minutes during the heaviest portion of a thunderstorm cell passage.
Generally, a stop of 5 or 10 minutes allows the worst of a storm to pass over,
leaving the path with fewer deep puddles, and with my feet considerably drier
than on instances when I walked through the maelstrom.
Unfortunately, the shoes have failed to keep my feet dry in two circumstances.
The first is during a moderate rain that lasts for more than an hour. When rain
lasts this long the stitching where the tongue is joined to the body of the
shoe eventually leaks. The same spot leaks when slogging through wet grass
which overhangs the trail. This leak first feels like a slight wetness on the
top of my foot, near my toes, but goes on to the uncomfortable feeling of
sloshing inside the shoe before long.
When the shoes do get wet, they dry in a couple hours of dry hiking, or sitting
out in warm summer sun. They dry much faster when two pairs of socks can be
alternated, one drying on the outside of the pack, while the other is worn
inside the shoes.
What I really like:
-Very "water resistant"
What could be improved:
-Fix the leaks at the tongue stitching
- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, rick@b... wrote:
> >it. You
> > Very nice, well written owner review. Thank you for submitting
> >clarification: Is it
> > have done an excellent job, and made the editing easy.
> Thanks for the edit. All edits taken on board. Just one
> acceptable to spell out Appalachian Trail (AT) with itsabbreviation the first
> time in the review, and then refer to the AT from there on?JET-> As far as I'm concerned this is the PERFECT way to do it.
I'll re-proff your review now. Expect a response shortly.
- At 10:45 PM 30/06/2004, you wrote:
>Thanks for the edit. All edits taken on board. Just oneHi Rick
>clarification: Is it
>acceptable to spell out Appalachian Trail (AT) with its abbreviation the first
>time in the review, and then refer to the AT from there on?
With well known abbreviations such as AT I wouldn't have a problem with this.
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