Who ever said Virginia is easy hasn't done the first 100 miles of the state in a long time. Every mile is hard earned. The first while is a teaser with rolling hills and flowing springs. The trail after Pearisburg is brutal. The trail lacked much maintenance. The trail is over grown, rocky, and blow downs numerous. Many of the water sources now are drying up which is harsh on the pack. I've got to carry more even when the guide book says there is.
These shoes gave me indications that their days are numbered. I've felt every stone and root today. From the outside they are in great shape. The tread gives plenty of traction over the step rocks. They still look good when clean.
Soon I'll put these into a new box and send 'em on.