Choosing a hiking shoe or boot is no joke. With the huge, wide range of varieties and options, it is pretty easy to make a mistake. A “painful and expensive mistake”. When hiking, wearing the incorrect kind of shoe or boot could end up in bloody painful blisters, caused by an expensive, but uncomfortable shoe.
Daily at Mile Hi Rafting we perform all kinds of hikes, from half day walks, up to multi-day camping trips. Therefore, we understand the importance of choosing the correct shoe, in order to avoid that your pleasant trip becomes an uncomfortable nightmare.
How to Choose a Hiking Shoe?
First of all, you need to consider what kind of hiking you plan to perform. Is it going to be long, short, heavy or light? Also, if the kind of weather and environment you are about to face is forest, desert, hot, cold, tropical, rainy, snowy, dry or muddy? Your hiking ambitions determine what footwear works best.
Going over these elements can help you define if you need heavy duty boots, light hiking shoes or mid range hiking boots. This is very important because, hiking shoes and boots are design according to the conditions it is going to be exposed.
Therefore, the selection of materials used to manufacture the shoe, is chosen in order to resist and perform well under the conditions it was meant to face. This impacts directly in the shoe’s weight and flexibility.
Types and Styles
The following are some of the most popular boots and shoes selection, between professional and amateur hikers:
Beginners and occasional hikers usually need more support. Therefore, high cut hiking boots are advised. These are ideal for carrying a moderately heavy load, when heading out on longer hikes over rough terrain.
Hiking boots flex easily and require little break-in time, but they lack the support and durability of stout backpacking boots.
For day hiking, low-cut models with flexible midsoles are excellent. Compared to boots, hiking shoes are lighter and more flexible, and they offer less support.
If you are going to be sticking to well-defined trails and shorter hikes and probably you are not going to carry a lot of weight, you might find hiking shoes a good option for your feet.
These boots are durable and supportive, with stiffer midsoles than lighter footwear; they are suitable for on- or off-trail travel. Most have a high cut that wraps above the ankles for excellent support.
Backpacking boots are designed to carry heavier loads on multiday trips deep into the backcountry. They are tough and able to cope with all kinds of terrain and weather conditions.
Step Up with Mile Hi Rafting
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