Choosing hiking equipment, especially hiking boots is an important deal. And not as easy as it may seem. Because good hiking boots are very important, here is a guide to give you an idea of what to choose.
Decide on a realistic budget because when boots are concerned, you get what you pay for. Try purchasing the best boots you can afford because these will be used for some time and quality must be a prime criteria.
Think of the type of hiking you will be doing. There is a big difference between a one-day hike with a light backpack and hiking for a few days carrying some 50 pounds. A tip is that the heavier a boot is, the more it is suited for heavy-duty use. Also, remember that the materials used in boots differ. The heavy boots have leather and plastic, providing extra support and can withstand heavy loads.
Types of boots:
• trail shoes
• trail hikers
Try on the boots with the socks you intend to wear when hiking. Trust what your body tells you regarding how comfortable they are. No matter how well-known the manufacturer may be, the boot may not be for you. If something’s wrong when trying on a pair of boots, change them. You can also try bringing a friend along to have another point of view.
Walk around the store, be patient and don’t jump on the best looking boot there. When you find boots to your liking, try them on and make a couple of steps or even better, if the store has a ramp (most of them do), go on it and even jump around. Make sure the boot fits your foot and is above all else comfortable to wear. Make sure the heel area is free of movement and it is a good idea to check the space between your toes and the end of the boot.
When you have narrowed the boots to a handful, take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each boot and look at the prices. After buying the boots, make sure to break them before hiking. Never go hiking with a new pair of boots without doing so. This will cause blisters.To break a pair of boots, wear them a couple of days. Wear the same type of socks used for hiking. During this time, the material will take note of your foot and will stretch accordingly. If the boots feel uncomfortable, you can always take them back and get another pair. Hopefully, that won’t be the case.
When hiking, in case a blister or hot spot appears, place some padding over the area or an adhesive bandage.
A pair of good, durable boots will last you for some time. But you must remember to take care of them. Clean and waterproof the boots, especially leather from time to time. Pay special attention to seams as with time can become porous.