How to Select Hiking Boots
Hiking boots should be chosen based on the difficulty of a hike, and both weight and material should be taken into consideration. Learn about the importance of ankle support and water resistance in hiking boots with help from a recreational kayaking instructor and outdoor adventurer in this free video on hiking boots.
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When choosing hiking boots, doing a little bit of foresight and a little bit of planning is an important consideration so one of the things you want to do is consider where you are going to be using these hiking boots. Are you doing easygoing hiking? Are you going to be doing backpacking? Are you going to be crossing streams and crossing rivers, things like that? All of that helps you determine what type of weight the boots are going to be, what type of material they're going to be and therefore, how long it's going to take to break them in. A good pair of boots is one of those things that's really hard to come by and it takes a long time of research and breaking them in. So once you have done your research, get on line, go to maybe backpacking.com or some of the outdoor stores or something like that and see what they recommend, see what's kind of hot on the market. I've got here a full grain mid-weight leather hiking boot, provides ankle support. It's got a good lug sole. It's got a heavy shank in there so it's got good protection so when I'm backpacking with a heavy load I've got protection on the bottom of my feet so the bottom of my feet isn't going to get sore. In terms of its tongue, it's a one piece tongue which I really like. It keeps the scree out and this is a waterproof boot. Obviously it's in pretty rough shape right now but hey they get a lot of use. So you can waterproof this. It's got a Gortex lining so if I'm walking through water my foot is going to be dry as long as I don't go any deeper than the top. So once you have done your research and you have figured out the weight of the boot that you're going to want, how high up it's going to come, go and try it on. Hiking boots are a hard thing to order on line and if you're going to order them on line give yourself extra time because chances are it could be the wrong size. When you go to the store that you've chosen, bring the socks that you're going to be wearing. I recommend a two layer sock system for backpacking. One is a thin polypropylene lining and then the other is like a heavier rag sock and this is even true during the Summer. What this does is this provides cushioning, moisture management for your foot but also because you have two layers of sock inside your boot, that's where the friction will be, in between the socks instead of on the sock and on the skin because one of the things when you're considering your boot is friction, how well that it fits on your foot. If it doesn't fit well as you're hiking your foot is going to be slopping up and down in it and you're going to get blisters. Your backpacking trip just got worse. So once you get your boot wear it around with the socks that you're going to be wearing on your trip for at least a week, a month or two months is even better and that way you have a nice broken in boot. You know that it's comfortable. It's got some miles underneath it already, you know you're not going to get blisters. So do your research, break it in, get a comfortable boot and enjoy. Happy trails.