What to Look For in Hiking Boots?

What to Look For in Hiking Boots?

If you are buying a new pair of hiking boots, here are some tips what to look for.

Hiking Boots
You’re going to spend hours on your feet in these boots so a good fit is crucial.

1 Perfect fit

You’re going to spend hours on your feet in these boots, burdened by a backpack and climbing up and down the hills, so a good fit is crucial.

2 Different outsoles are designed to be used in different conditions

Some hiking boots offer better grip in mud, others on rock, so first think well where you’ll be walking most and then decide for suitable boots.

3 Ankle height depends on personal preference

Mid-height boots are less restrictive and weight less, but they offer less support than higher boots. The heavier your backpack and the more uneven the terrain, the more you’ll need higher ankle.

4 Boots should be waterproof

A lot of people rely on a Gore-Tex membrane, but there are other similar proprietary lining available, to keep out the wet. Regular cleaning will help them repel water and remain breathable.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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