Video: Hiking Boots vs. Trail Runners –– Which is Best for You?

I get asked all the time whether I prefer trail running shoes or hiking boots when heading out for the trail. It turns out, the answer to that question isn’t easy, as it depends on the trail, the length of the trip, the terrain and weather conditions, and so on. There are advantages to both types of shoes, although I’d say that for the most part I prefer lightweight hikers that bring a bit of extra protection and support. The video below comes our way courtesy of REI and attempt to help sort out the differences in these types of shoes. As you’ll see, it often comes down to personal preference, although there are some good arguments in both directions.