How do you decide what you are honestly going to use the boots for!? I do not go walking as a hobby, and have only ever gone on a camping trip once in the last 10 years. However, I want a pair of hiking boots as an investment, as I am starting to go on bi-weekly day trips in the woods (on trails mostly) and I will probably go on the odd overnight camping trip within the coming years.
I went to an outdoor shop and tried on a cross hiking trail boot (class C) and a heavier more technical hiking boot (class D).
The price difference was only £20 GBP, and I ended up getting the more technical boots (HanWag Tatra GTX, instead of HanWag M Andulaz GTX), because they had better rubber toe protection and felt sturdier and more durable. Then I got home and realised how heavy they were and that for shorter day trips were probably overkill. Is my judgement correct?
I will *most likely* do more day trips on woodland trails, on rocky uneven surfaces with a light backpack, and will probably only do a few infrequent overnight trips/more advanced trips with a heavy backpack. Should I keep the sturdier "proper" hiking boots for the odd time I will go camping, or swap them for the lighter trail boot which I will most likely use more often? Will the trail boot be up for the job of a 1-3 day hike every now and again with a heavier backpack?
despite going to a true outdoor specialist, I did not get much help from the saleperson, even though I explained my probable usage.
Its so important to find the right hiking boot as it really makes a difference in your hiking enjoyment. In fact when you find the perfect fitting boot you just want to get out and start hiking immediately as it feels so good. I was very surprised to find such an excellent selection of including the full leather Norwegian welt hiking boot made by Alico at your website! You simply cannot find a boot like this in most sporting goods stores. In fact the selection I have seen lately in most stores for hiking boots has left me wondering. I certainly should have no problem finding the right boot at your site. Thanks-Jeff
Thanks so much for your kind words :) Good luck with your ever important search for the perfect pair of hiking boots!
i go on good camps with my dad and my sister normly we take boots but they give me a rash so we got hiking boots.naw we go ferther and farster
I have pigeintow so my shoes all ways go bad but hiking shoes helped me out (alot)
Great website, I''m new to hiking and outdoorsy activities but I''m going to hike a volcano (Type "Volcan Baru" on youtube) on new years day! I live in Panama (central America) and we do not have many stores that offer tough rugged boots. Therefore, I''m going to order boots online. I will have to go to one of these stores and fit on boots even if they''re not the name-brand i''m looking to buy, just to have a general idea of my foot length and width. Are those metal foot measurer''s a good reference point or is it crucial to actually try on a boot being that each one fits slightly different. I want to make this a possible hobby of mine and use them to travel the world! Would you recommended me invest in a (less expensive) starter pair and see how I like the experience or go for broke and get the best quality to ensure I have a good experience the first time and want to continue?
Thanks from Panama,
please sending address in shenzhen
I do quite a bit of day hikes out in the rockies and use only light trail shoes. I want to get into backpacking but hate the feel of the thick soles and rigidity of hiking boots. Is there any brand that you can recommend that allows you to feel the trail more and is a little more flexible than an ordinary hiking boot?
Hi Im a novice hiker training to do the kakoda trail and although the terrain is not the same at home as i will tackle on kakoda im just wondering what sort of brands to look for and $$$ isnt really a issue especially with my boots as its something i really dont wanna take short cuts with