Going through the process of finding the perfect hiking boots for your needs does not have to be overwhelming. Whether you're a casual or serious hiker you need the right pair of boots to get you through your hiking trips.
Here are a number of tips to follow when you're deciding on your next pair of shoes for hiking:
1. Do you have a clear idea for how you'll be using these boots? This is an important question to ask yourself. There are boots that serve all types of purposes. You have to keep in mind the weather and the ruggedness and length of the trails you plan to travel. Also, the weight of the gear you'll be carrying is an important factor to consider.
There are four types of footwear from which to choose:
The casual boot. There are casual shoes that include sandals, running or cross trainers. If you're considering sandals, keep in mind that these are good for softer terrains where the weather is dry. A trail runner or cross trainer is very similar to a good pair of running sneakers but with the support a hiker needs for comfort and safety.
Cross hikers or mid-weight hiking boots. These are the classic hiking boots. They are made for trails that are less smooth and for some lighter off trail terrain. They have increased support.
Need heavy duty support? If so, consider off-trail boots. These are made with heavy wear and tear in mind. Their soles are cemented and they offer extra toe cap support.
Mountaineering boots: Mountaineering boots are made for mountain climbing.
2. Consider your skills. There are boots to accomodate all levels of skill. If you're a new hiker, there is a boot that offers strong support for your foot. This is great because it helps keep your feet more stable on the ground. As you gain experience you can shift to a lighter book.
3. Quality is just more important than price in this matter. If you're a serious hiker, you'll need to think about investing in a good quality boot. There are popular brands used throughout the hiking field, but brand is not all that matters either. Check out the stitching of the boot, as well as material connections. Check out the overall sturdiness of the material used through the boot as well.
4. Consider which boot will offer the best performance for your skill and needs. The characteristics of a boot will help you determine its performance. What does this mean? Well, for one it means that the weight of the boot matters. Overall, the lighter the boot, the easier it is to hike. Is the boot water resistant? Can it provide the support you need for your feet and ankles? These are all very important questions to ask when you're considering a new pair of hiking boots.
5. A good fit is essential to finding an effective boot. Here are a few pointers on making sure you've got the perfect fit:
Go later in the day to try on hiking boots and be sure you have been walking for at least 15 minutes beforehand.
Make sure to wear the socks you'll be wearing when you're actually hiking.
Avoid pressure points, and make sure you've got a snug fit that surrounds your foot and ankle.
Try on both boots of the pair, lace them up completely, and walk around in them.
Serious hikers know just how important it is to have hiking shoes be the best product and fit for their particular needs. When you have the right pair of boots on your feet, your experience on and off the trail becomes all the more exciting and enjoyable.