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Hiking Boots - 5 Most Essential Features Of Hiking Boots

Jan 12, 2008
Choosing the right hiking boots are as important as choosing the right backpack equipment for your hiking adventure. After all you are going out to get yourself some exercise and fun at the same time. So, comfort is the first criterion for choosing your boots then comes the durability part and of course the type of hiking boots you weak depends where you will be wearing them - the terrain I mean.

There are probably no boots that can be described as 'All-terrain' hiking boots. You cannot have a pair of hiking boots that will suit all kinds of terrain without compromising on quality and comfort to some extent. So, the best way to have your boots last a long time and not hamper your comfort level is to have a few pairs that suit different terrain.

1) Snake bite protection: if you are going to be trekking in are that are known to be inhabited by poisonous snakes you will do yourself a favor by choosing boots that protest your ankles and are made of material that is difficult for the poison fangs to penetrate.

2) Boots designed for snow and ice: if you are going to be trudging through areas that are wet with ice and snow you will need boots that can withstand moisture and keep your feet warm as well. These hiking boots usually have spikes built into them as they assist the hiker to climb slippery slopes and prevent injury.

3) Prevent blisters and shoe bites: whatever the kind of hiking boots you may choose, the design of the shoe to prevent the wearer from getting shoe bites and blisters is of greatest importance. You don't want to cut your fun-filled adventure short because of a pair of uncomfortable shoes do you?

4) Shoe liners: When you are deciding on the type of shoe liners to use with your hiking shoes, to make them fit more snugly and comfortable, you have a choice of liners to choose from. However, the best liners are moldable hiking boot liners. Here too, it is advisable to use the liners that are manufactured by the same company that made your hiking boots.

Incompatible shoe liners will not insulate the shoes well enough, will not fit the inner of the shoe and lead to discomfort and will definitely allow moisture and cold into the shoe. Polyethylene and Alveolit liners are known to work very well with hiking boots.

5) Water resistant boots: The importance to keep moisture out of hiking boots is of prime importance, both from a comfort point of view as well as a durability point of view. Leather boots are good for this purpose and can stay dry while you jump through a stream, a few stomps on dry ground and you are ready to go again.

Just ensure the water does not get in over the top of the boots. There is another option, and that is to wear a pair of water resistant covers over your hiking boots, called 'booties' these are not made entirely of waterproof material but are resistant enough to keep moisture, mud, ice and snow out of your boots.
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