Having good hiking boots is a key element for all types of hikers. No matter what 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 ...
Having good hiking boots is a key element for all types of hikers. No matter what 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 start, you need to know your needs so that you can choose the right pair of hiking boots for you. You should ask yourself the following questions:
In fact, there are hiking boots adapted to each practice:
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, such as the famous Mojito from 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 rocks such as the TX2 from La Sportiva. You will also find some at MilletSalewa, Black Diamond, Scarpa...
More and more people are doing so-called active hiking in the 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.
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, as are the Drifter brand Asolo.
If you are going to spend several days in the middle or high mountains, walking for a long time and sometimes on uneven terrain, this is one of the most demanding practices. We recommend hiking boots that are high, sturdy, and give you really good support for your feet, such as the Trango Tower Extreme GTX from La Sportiva. You will also find models at Scarpa, Millet, Lowa, Salewa, Asolo…
Weather conditions also have an impact on your choice of hiking boots. In the summer, there are airy shoes with adherent soles for hiking in hot weather, you will find them in particular at Merrell and Columbia.
In the rain, it's another story, there is no such thing as a totally waterproof hiking boot 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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