Fat lugs? Zero drop? Minimalist profile? Everyone has a preference when it comes to the kicks they take on the trail. More and more, hikers are swapping out their heavy-duty boots for lighter options, such as trail runners. We know everyone's feet and preferences are different, so tell us in the comments why you voted the way you did.

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