GOING ON A “SOLE-STRETCHING” ADVENTURE?
How to choose the right hiking boot
Tired of slipping through the babbling brook, tripping over rocky terrain, or sliding through narrow gorges as you hang on for dear life? Are your soles worn out or are you new to hiking and your trainers are just not cutting it? Choosing the right hiking shoe is often based on personal preference and the type of terrain you will be embarking on. Before you make your footwear investment, you’ll want to consider a few things to ensure you select the perfect hiking companion for your feet.
What type of terrain are you trekking?
Your environment sets the scene for the type of shoe that you will be choosing.
There are 3 types of hiking terrain to consider:
These trails are typically located in large open spaces such as prairies or valley bottoms. These trails have stable and even surfaces with only a few slight hills.
These can be found in mountainous or undulating landscapes. Hikers should be cautious of rocks, roots, and mud along these technical trails. The terrain is often steep and slanted, which can put a strain on your legs and ankles.
These trails are characterized by uneven and often unstable surfaces with loose rocks. The trails are usually unmarked, requiring hikers to focus and move efficiently. Hikers may need to climb over obstacles, cross rivers, and even use their hands for short sections. Our Omni-Grip™ non-marking traction rubber helps you keep your balance and navigate difficult terrain with ease.
Flexible shoes are best for easy trails as they allow your feet to move naturally, these shoes are often lighter and as a result they reduce fatigue on shorter journeys, allowing you to trek through your terrain faster. Opt for our Drainmaker™, Capsule Hatana™ and Facet™ range if you are looking for a lighter shoe that offers you increased flexibility. Technical terrain will require hiking shoes with high stability rankings with a higher cut to allow ankle support. Features you’ll want on your hiking boot if you are off to tackle technical terrain include a rubber toe, heel protector, side and instep protection including thicker outsoles to increase the durability of your hiking shoes. It should be noted that this typically makes your shoes heavier but will offer better traction and protection compared to a lighter hiking shoe. Luckily, our RidgePlus™ and PeakFreak™ hiking boot range offers you Techlite® technology to offer you the ultimate protection while the lightweight midsole provides long lasting comfort, superior cushioning, and high energy return, keeping you fatigue free on the track when you need to opt for sturdier hiking shoes. If you are hiking in wet conditions, you’ll want to opt for water resistant shoes that protect your feet from dampness. Check out our Newton Ridge™ Plus waterproof Amped Hiking boot with a waterproof seam-sealed construction.
How heavy is your backpack?
If your backpack is light-weight, flexible hiking shoes will do the trick. If you have to carry a tent, a stove and food. Then you should look for more sturdy shoes with a high cut to give you extra stability on technical terrain.
Are you a beginner, a novice or a seasoned trail junkie?
If you have just started out on your hiking journey, you’ll want to opt for a light, low cut shoe that will give you free foot movement as you progress to lengthier hikes and more technical terrain. If you are an experienced hiker tackling very technical trains and mountain climbs, you’ll need to opt for stable, high cut shoes that will support your ankles.
We hope these tips and tricks will help you find your way to your feet’s best hiking buddy. Give tough terrain the boot and check out our range of hiking shoes here.