Dead Man's Hollow located in the Allegheny Land Trust would seem to be a short day hike from looking at the trail map. When you couple the hilly topography and the leaf covering on its trails, Dead Man's Hollow becomes more challenging. The Ahnu Moraga OXT hiking shoe took on the challenges of the trail.
Ahnu is a small footwear company based in Alameda, Ca. that started in 2006. Ahnu's goal is to bring balance to their men's, women's, and children's footwear lines through style and sustainability. Many of Ahnu's footwear are versatile enough for the trails and a casual work environment. In early 2009, Ahnu became part of the Deckers family of companies.
The Moraga OXT is a lightweight hiking shoe – weighing just under 1 pound. The upper of the Moraga OXT consists of waterproofed leather. The shoe's waterproofing held up through the numerous stream crossings of Dead Man's Run on the trails. Ahnu's Neutral Position System (NPS) technology is used in the sole of the Moraga OXT. NPS stabilized the heel and helps to reduce pronation and supination.
The Moraga OXT had a comfortable fit from the time they were first worn. No blisters or rubbing were felt anywhere on either foot. Ahnu has placed loops on the shoe's tongue and heel tab to make it easier to put on and take off. The shoes have deeply-set lugs that made the hilly terrain of Dead Man's Hollow easier to ascend and descend.
The Ahnu Moraga OXT is a great choice for a lightweight hiker. It is comfortable to wear, performs highly, and is waterproof. The Moraga OXT comes in 2 color options – smokey brown and tarmac. Ahnu offers these in U.S. sizes from 7 to 14. It has an MSRP of $109.95 and carries Ahnu's 1-year warranty from defects in materials and workmanship.
Jason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.
Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.
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