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Choosing The Best Backpacking Boots For You
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Choosing the best backpacking boots for you

Summer will be swinging around again soon and the masses will be heading towards the hills and mountains for some serious walking and climbing but how many have taken the time to choose the best backpacking boots for their hobby.

Buying the best backpacking boots is essential for maximum comfort and safety when out walking or climbing.

So what type of boot is right for you?

This all depends on how long you are planning to be walking and the type of terrain you are likely to be covering.

  • Hiking shoes

These are very much like beefed up running shoes, built for a days hiking or sometimes used by ultralight weight backpackers.

  • Hiking boots

Offering more foot support these boots are designed for when your are carrying a bit more hiking equipment for one or two day hiking trips.

  • Backpacking boots

With a less flexible sole and heavier foot support these boots are constructed for more demanding and extended hiking trips carrying a fair amount of backpacking gear.

  • Mountaineering boots

Heavy boots made to be very rigid to deal with very heavy loads and specifically designed for use with mountain climbing gear.

Selecting the best backpacking boots is very important, it can be very tempting to go with a very heavy boot for strength or a very light boot for comfort and flexibility. Whichever boot you choose it must be fit for purpose, its no good when you are 3 days into a trip and your inappropriate footwear is causing you problems that may at best bring the hiking to a premature end or at worst put you in serious trouble.

It is recommended to break any new boots in as much as possible before any hike even if this means wearing them around the home for a few days beforehand. Get hold of some good walking socks as this will increase the comfort over longer trips and also wear these when breaking the boots in.

I believe you get what you pay for when you invest in a good quality pair of walking boots from my own experience of trying to save a bit of money and then trashing my "value" boots on the second day walking around Snowdonia. And this is an investment, purchasing the right and best backpacking boots that fit your type of outdoor pursuit means they should give you many years of faithful use.

The technology used in walking boot construction is always being updated with many improvements in ergonomics making the feel and efficiency better year on year, reading articles and reviews will give you up to date information before any purchase.

Making an informed choice on the footwear you buy will ultimately save money and make walking and climbing a much better experience.


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