Hiking Boots and Outdoor Footwear Hilo HI

Hiking footwear requires finding the right pair to suite your needs. This section includes information on selecting hiking boots and shoes. Please read on for more detailed information in the following article.

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Hiking Boots and Outdoor Footwear

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Hiking Boots

These boots were made for hiking

No one would run a marathon without the proper footwear, yet each year thousands of people hit the trails in open-toed Birkenstocks or flimsy shoes more suited to mall walking than trailblazing. Hiking and climbing are more than a stroll in the national park, and without adequate footwear, you could spend more time tending to blisters and sprains than admiring the natural wonders you came to enjoy.

Like most camping and hiking gear, boots need to match the terrain, elements and type of outdoor adventure you're on. When looking for hiking boots, understand the difference the weight makes:

  • Lightweight boots : These flexible boots usually weigh less than three pounds per pair. Whether you choose sneaker-style low-cut models or mid-height boots that cover the ankle, these aren't for steep hills, mountains or rough terrain.
  • Mid-weight boots : Providing more support, traction and cushioning than their lightweight counterparts, these boots are ideal for longer hikes on rugged terrain. Not suitable for mountaineering, they can take you up the occasional rocky hill without trouble.
  • Mountaineering boots : These heavy-duty boots are designed to keep your feet warm, dry and in one piece while climbing icy mountains. Designed so you can attach crampons, these are for serious mountaineers, not laid-back day hikers.

Once you know what type of boot you're looking for, consider the following when narrowing your search:

  • Size: Your hiking boot size should be close to your shoe size, give or take a size or two. Be sure to try on the boots with the socks you'll wear hiking.
  • Material: Not only will the material affect the weight of the boot, but the comfort level as well, since it dictates breathability, durability and water resistance. Most hiking boots are made of
    • Nylon or split-grain leather: Lightweight and breathable, these are ideal for warm to moderate weather conditions and short- to me...

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