It’s no secret that I’m a huge gear head. But of all the categories of outdoor equipment, none has a larger presence in my gear closet than shoes. Yet even with a higher than average amount of footwear to choose from, I tend to go back to the same ones over and over again. Once you’ve figured out how to keep your feet happy and comfortable on the trail, you don’t mess with the formula. My formula tends towards light and fast: trail runners, lightweight hikers, and scramblers/approach shoes.
Back at the winter Outdoor Retailer show, I had an opportunity to meet with Ahnu footwear. I hadn’t looked closely at them in the past, never having had a reason to branch out from my favorite trail shoes. I didn’t know a lot about their brand, and my first impression was simply “ooh, fun colors”. But we all know that colors do not make the gear, and the real test comes with performance.