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How to choose the right hiking boots?

Having good hiking boots is a key element for any type of hiker, whether it is men's hiking boots or hiking shoe models especially for women. Whatever the activity you practice: walking in the forest, hiking in the mountains, walking in the countryside, going on treks... if your shoes make you suffer, you're not going to have a good time. That's why it's important to choose them carefully!

To begin with, you need to know your needs so that you can choose the right pair of hiking boots for you. You need to ask yourself the following questions:

Where are you going to practice?

Indeed, there are hiking boots adapted to each practice :

The walk

You like to walk in the forest, on fairly easy level trails for a few hours or for a day for a family picnic in the open air. The most suitable shoes for this type of walk are low or mid-range shoes, rather light and flexible. The advantage is that this type of shoe is often versatile and can even be worn on a daily basis, like the famous Mojito de Scarpa.

The approach walk

Climbers often need to walk before finding their climbing route. For this practice there are specific shoes with a sole that adheres well to the rocks like the TX2s from La Sportiva.

Active hiking

More and more people are doing so-called active hiking in plains or medium mountains, it is a mix between fast walking and trail. Running a little when it's rather flat and walking uphill. The most suitable shoes for this practice are low, flexible and adherent shoes such as the Challenger ATR 5 from Hoka One One . It is essential to choose well his hiking socks to avoid injuries and blisters

The 2 or 3 day hike

You are going to bivouac on a weekend in the middle of the mountains, so you have to take into account the carrying of the backpack. You need shoes with more support, which remains flexible but with a sole strong enough to support your backpack. Hiking boots with medium to high uppers are therefore recommended for this practice, such as the Asolo brand Drifter.

Trekking

If you're going to spend several days in the middle or high mountains, walking for a long time and sometimes over rough terrain, this is one of the most demanding practices. We recommend hiking boots that are high, sturdy, and give you really good foot support, such as La Sportiva's Trango Tower Extreme GTX .

There are also mountaineering boots that can be useful for high mountain trekking in difficult conditions!

In what weather conditions?

Weather conditions also have an impact on the choice of your hiking boots. In the summer, there are airy shoes with grip soles for hiking in hot weather. You can find them at Merrell and Columbia.

In the rain, it's a different story, there is no such thing as a totally waterproof hiking shoe as rain boots could be, there are always vents to allow the foot not to swell too much during your ascents and that guarantee your comfort. However, there are models that are a little more resistant in the rain: we talk about water-repellent boots and waterproof shoes. Water repellency will last less over time (after washing, use) than products with a waterproof membrane such as Gore-Tex or the brands' own membranes.

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