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Choosing the Best Hiking Boots

January 26, 2010

When it comes to choosing the best hiking boots to endure the type of outdoor adventure planned, it is of utmost importance to keep comfort and safety in mind.  This, inevitably, can make all the difference in the world for a long memorable hike or a short-lived disaster.

This is the single most valuable piece of hiking equipment and can set the tone for future hikes to come … or not.

Now it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go out and buy the latest and the best hiking boots around to outfit your family, for it can become quite pricy and we wouldn’t want to start you off on the wrong foot.  In fact, your best hiking boots may very well be found sitting right in your garage.  You just need to dust them off and inspect the soles to make sure the treads aren’t worn down or have gaping holes. You will also want to make sure there is enough support for your ankle.

In order to assist you better, we would like to share our expert opinions in helping you decide which are best hiking boots for your needs.  On that note, here are some things you should consider.  We feel that the best hiking boots are built with a sturdy sole which will allow for hiking on rough trails in the wilderness. A strong, solid bottom will protect your feet from getting stone bruises or thorn punctures, if you should happen to encounter such obstacles while hiking.

They should also have decent cushioning on the insole to reduce the possibility of blisters. Keeping this in mind, we recommend that you wear two pairs of socks, a thick wool outer layer along with a thin soft inner layer.  The sides of your best hiking boots should offer sufficient support to help protect your ankles from being twisted to one side or the other on uneven terrain.

Choosing the Best Hiking Boots for the Type of Trail and Time of Year

Trail Shoes – We recommend Trail Shoes for walking on well established, smooth trails and are usually the best hiking boots for short hikes or day walks in dry climate. These boots, under 2½ pounds, are more commonly known as lightweights. They resemble a combination running shoe/boot, and are generally constructed of suede, fabric, leather or nylon mesh, which make them ideal for summer hiking adventures.

Some lightweight hiking boots weigh in at barely more than a pound. These are less for protecting the feet and ankles from rocky terrain and more for providing protection to the bottom of the foot.  These are the best hiking boots for comfort, cushioning and breath-ability.  The casual hiker will love these as their best hiking boots, while the backpacker will limp into camp.

Trail Hikers – The best hiking boots for longer, more rugged trails, require something sturdier like Trail Hikers. They have the tread on the bottom, usually a vibram or lug sole, which is needed for rocky ground. This sole can provide better traction while ascending and descending inclines and even on muddy terrain.  These higher-cut boots will provide added stability and ankle protection against protruding branches and rocks, or even snakes that may be encountered in the wild.

Trail hikers, also called middleweights, weigh 2½ pounds or more and are usually made of all leather and have decent weatherproofing.  These are the best hiking boots suitable for most light to moderate backpacking loads and winter hiking conditions.

Happy Hiking …

Abruzzo Passion Walks

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