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 OutdoorPlaces.Com Boot Buying Gear Guide


 Getting The Best Possible Boot - An Introduction

Your boots are the most important piece of equipment you will every buy for hiking, camping, or back country treks.  The reasons for this is no matter where you go or what you do, you will always have your boots on your feet.  You should treat them as your trusted friends.

This guide has been designed as a Boot 101 primarily to help you select the right boot for you feet.  OutdoorPlaces.Com makes a strong attempt at having an agnostic approach to our gear guides, and we do not endorse or recommend one particular style.

Hiking boots range from department store no-name brands, to custom manufactured delights that can cost hundreds of dollars.  You don't have to have a large budget to get a good boot, but you do need to use some common sense.

Before venturing out to buy your boots ask yourself a series of questions.

  • How much am I willing to spend?  A reasonable expectation would be between $90 to $150.  If your thrifty, you can find bargains on sale for less, and you can easily spend a lot more.

  • What kind of hiking will I be doing?  Do you plan to stroll on paved trails at the local park?  Do you plan to spend days in the backcountry in wet conditions with seventy pounds on your back?  The type of boot that is best suited for your planned usage can be very specific, and if you plan to do a wide range of activity, you may need to consider getting a couple of different styles to meet this need.

  • Do I have a history of problems with my feet?  Does your ankle twist easily?  Are you nursing an old injury?  Do your feet sweat a lot or are they prone to getting blisters?  If you have previous injuries to the joints in your feet, you should consider above ankle cut boots.  If your feet sweat a lot (or abnormally) you may want to consider synthetic or split grain leather.

When trying on your boots there is only one hard and fast rule, trust your feet.  Even if the magazines, the experts, the press, your friends, and the store clerk tell you that brand X in this style is the best, but it doesn't feel right on your foot, then don't get them.  Generally speaking, you can trust your feet and you will know when you found both a good match, and when they are properly broken in.

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