When we consider buying a boot to do a mountain or hiking activity and we stand in front of that wall of the store, with that endless shelf, where a large number of different types of boots are exposed, we gulp down, look from left to right and ourselves ask, what now?
It is not a trivial decision, in the choice of our footwear lies an important part of the success of the company we want to undertake. The task is not going to be easy, because although the footwear industry is innovating day after day, there is no one boot that fits us for everything.
I will try to help you in this difficult task. I will do it as always, in a simple way, without getting tangled up in technical issues and above all with the best of intentions.
The sole, is composed of several elements such as:
The body, is composed of elements such as:
The cane has several parts, among them:
We have to be clear about the type of activity, which is going to be the terrain where we are going to walk and in which weather station this activity is going to take place, in this way we will be able to answer some questions that may arise concerning how rigid the sole should be, the heat that the boot should provide, the waterproofing and breathability that it should have and the material that it should be made of. We should also know what kind of crampon we can attach to our boot when ice and snow are the protagonists.
Let's get started:
If we are going to do hiking, or walks where we are going to move through simple terrain without any or little technical difficulty, at low levels and in summer, spring or autumn, ie without snow or ice conditions, the boots we choose should have the following characteristics:
While if our activity is going to develop by more complicated and varied land, with long ascents and descents, with technical difficulties, where we are going to have to deal possibly with rocks and small climbs in summer, spring or autumn.
When our approach is to make climbs in winter, where the snow is the protagonist, some ice climbing, get into corridors ...
Let's go with some advice, the first is that you try on the boot with the socks that you take to the mountain normally, the second try on the boots preferably at the end of the day, when the foot is warmer and more dilated, the third do not be in a hurry to choose, put on your boots and walk around the store for a while, going up and down stairs or if they have a ramp walking on it, and the fourth thing is that when you put on this footwear the feeling has to be good, without pain or squeezing if not, do not buy it and keep trying.
But above all remember that planning the activity with time will help us to equip ourselves correctly and choose the most suitable boot for the terrain we are going to tread.
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