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The value of a quality hiking boot cannot be overrated. Your feet will be taking a lot of abuse on your adventure into the mountains, along a country trail or traversing the Grand Canyon. Being prepared with the correct footwear will make your hiking experience a lot more pleasant and can benefit your health.
Are you backpacking? It would serve you well to check consumer reviews as to the amount of backpacking your shoe can withstand. This will greatly affect the amount your body can stand. Just as a house needs a good foundation, your body does too. Wearing lightweight hiking boots will ease the strain on your body by proper alignment and less stress on your feet.
How much support do you need? If you have weak ankles it would benefit you to purchase lightweight hiking boots that come above your ankles. Styles such as the Merrell’s Men’s Radius Mid Waterproof boot has some of the advantages you may be looking for. Online reviews have stated quite thorough waterproofing to leaks in the toes. One particular consumer review on the Merrell website raised some concerns with regards to the boots waterproofing. The deficits that were addressed in the review were answered by Merrell with a promise to correct them. The “mid” in the boot title refers to the height. There was a review that stated it did not offer enough ankle support to suit the buyer.
The Kayland Zephyr hiking boot is another choice for lightweight hiking boots. It was top-rated by Backpacker magazine in 2009. They weigh 2 pounds and cost in the $190 range. They are reportedly comfortable and have lightweight tops and over-injected bottoms. They are designed for light hiking and will provide the support you need on the light trails. Kayland has other boots that are lower in price that are also available. It is said that these boots are difficult to find at retailers but are readily available online at several different places. Another thing to consider is the width of the boot. They are not built for a very wide foot.
The Asolo Fugitive GTX has been rated higher recently than it has in the past. With a change in ownership, the Italian company that now owns them has researched the necessary technology to make a quality boot. Although most Italian shoe and boot makers assume everyone has a narrow foot, the Asolo does not and is quite comfortable for even wide feet. The lining is Goretex and they have been partnered with the company for many years. These three season boots are firm enough for support and flexible enough for comfort. They are among the higher rated leather boots with a sole that is good on grassy trails or some rocky trails. It’s continental styling appeals to some but not to all and if the style is you main criteria, look at them closely. Light hikers, trekkers and backpackers will enjoy the stability and the comfort of these boots.
It’s all the matter of your need and the type of hiking that you will be doing. Prices vary from the $70’s to the $300 range. Where will you be hiking, how much will you be carrying and what are your goals? Three questions that must be answered before you choose the boot to purchase. All of the brands mentioned here are available online.
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