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Tips for buying the best hiking shoes

by on Nov.07, 2011, under Adventures

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There are various points to take into account when planning for a trek but one of the most crucial aspects to contemplate is the hiking shoes. Selecting the right footwear is going to make or break the success of your trip so it is vital that you match the correct set of hiking shoes with your hike.

A lightweight and versatile shoe is wonderful for a short and easy day trip over a well trodden and easy route but is likely to leave your feet hurting and you could trip or twist an ankle if hiking through difficult and unpredictable land over a prolonged time, however a robust and well supportive pair of boots can be overkill on a light and easy day trip but is going to supply you all-day comfort and support on a hike up the side of a mountain.

Here are some of the many questions you have to contemplate when searching for hiking shoes:

What environment will I be hiking on? Will you be hiking well-worn trails, bushwalking, mountain or gorge walking or rough uncetain ground? Will there be steep hills or mountains, and could you need to have waterproofing when it comes to crossing streams?Are you likely to be hiking through rough dry desert, or will you be climbing through deep damp jungle?

How long is my expedition? Are you organizing a day trip or perhaps an overnight trek with camping?

What will the weather do? Will it be hot, dry and dusty or are you trekking through wet soggy pastures? This particularly will determine whether you will require light-weight and breathable hiking shoes or a set that will keep one’s feet dry!

How much weight will I be carrying? Will you require extra support from your hiking shoes for the heavy rucksack and other gear you will be carrying or are you travelling light with just a daypack?Heavier, more steadfast hiking boots will provide extra support for you when compared with light-weight hiking shoes when you’re moving heavy backpacks loaded with all your camping gear.

Will i need to have good ankle support? Hard loose terrain or flat easy paths? Hiking shoes with insufficient ankle joint support can easily leave you with an injury if the terrain is rocky and volatile yet a highly supportive boot may well be overkill and be unnecessarily heavy if you don’t plan on going off the beaten track.

How frequently will I use my new hiking shoes? Do you plan only one or two hikes per year or are you an avid trekker who should have very long lasting durability from your hiking shoes or boots? Whilst a solid pair of hiking boots will be with you for quite a time no matter your level, it’s important to consider the amount of use you will get from your new set prior to over-spending on a massively enduring boot if you are only going to use them twice a year but on the other hand, if you underspend on a more economical and less reliable pair then these can deteriorate rather rapidly if you take them out on an overnight hike each weekend.

Choosing the best hiking shoes is an important step when planning your hike. Follow these tips for choosing the best hiking shoes and make your next hike a success.

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