I have been using my Hoka One One trail runners in all seasons for hiking, and like the Altras, they work great for traction, comfort, blister avoidance, and general foot protection. I was up on a portion of the PCT last summer and nearly 100% of the through-hikers were wearing Altras, so the performance hiker/trail runner seems to be the vote from the the PCT though-hikers. I always say wear what feels best to you and make sure to use your boots/shoes/sandals for several shorter hikes to break them in and acclimate your feet before taking them out on a big hike. If you are going for longer distances, I also like to have my sandals in my pack, if I can afford the weight, for end of day breaks from my hiking shoes and so I can wade through the creek or stream and have my hiking shoes dry for the next day. Happy hiking!