What Features Should You Look For In Hiking Boots?

What Features Should You Look For In Hiking Boots?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Backpacking, Traveling |

You probably know that good hiking boots can make your hiking trips safer, more fun and last much longer than they would if you were wearing the wrong boots, but how do you know what to look for in boots for your hiking trips?  Do you know how to get the right fit and the most comfort from a boot?  Do you know what sort of features you should be looking for in your hiking footwear?

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Features

When you’re shopping for the right pair of hiking boots to meet your needs, all the features can get really confusing, but by looking for some basics, you might be able to simplify the search and not wind up frustrated in the process.   For instance, look at the waterproofing on the exterior of the boot.  Remember that this is your first barrier against sore an uncomfortably wet feet, so you are going to check for very waterproof hiking boots.   You might also want to look at the soles of 4the boot you’re interested in to see if it will offer you the traction you need, even on slippery surfaces.  Then look at the inside of the foot wear you’re considering to determine if your feet will sweat, if they will be comfortably cushioned or if you’ll feel as if you’re walking on rocks.

When you’re looking at all these features, you also need to try on the hiking boot to make sure that it’s a comfortable fit for you.  Use the same socks you would if you were hiking so you know exactly what boot will work and which ones will not.  Spend some time in them to make sure that you are making the right choice and if you can, check the same boots out online and see if you can’t get other customer reviews so you get a better idea of how they wear and how durable they are.

Where to Shop

This can be tricky, but if you’ve never purchased hiking boots, then you’re going to want to start shopping at a place where the sales staff know what they are talking about.  Make sure the store you’re shopping at can tell you about the features of all the boots you’re looking at and can help you to get a really good fit.  When you are shopping, it can be really hard to compare products, so let the sales staff do it for you. Once you have chosen a pair of hiking boots and you know all the pros and cons of them, you can consider shopping online to see if you can get a better deal on them.  Just make sure that you know what kind of boot you’ll be buying so that you know you’ll be getting footwear that will feel good to your feet.

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Shopping for hiking boots can be tricky, but if you do it the right way, you will likely find that the process is relatively simple and even fun.  Don’t cut pennies or time on this shopping process, though, because you need to take care of your feet.  Instead, take the time to look at your hiking boots and really consider each feature and choice available to you