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OutdoorPlaces.Com Boot Buying Gear Guide - Boot Cuts

 
     

 

Below Ankle

 

 
Below Ankle
Boots that are designed as below the ankle look like a conventional shoe or sneaker.  The cut of the boot around the ankle actually resides below the joint.  Some hikers prefer this style in all conditions due to the light, comfortable weight and easy break in period.  However, you greatly increase your risk of twisting an ankle with this style of boot.  Further, under heavy loads the boot will tend to wear out prematurely and you increase the chance of a material failure under a heavy load.
 

     

Ankle

 

 

 
Ankle
Boots that are designed as ankle cut come up to the ankle joint, and the base of the joint would just about sit at the top of the cut on the boot.  This is a good design for Trail Runners, Technical Scramblers, and On Trail boots.  They combine the lighter weight features of a below the ankle boot, while offering better ankle support and a better margin of protection against water and mud.
 

   

 

 

Above Ankle

 
Above Ankle
Boots that are designed as above the ankle look like what most people envision when you say the word, "boot."  The cut of the boot around the ankle resides about the ankle joint.  Some mountaineering boots can be cut a significant distance above the ankle offering superior water protection.  Above the ankle boots offer the best support and if you have prior joint injuries to your feet, are a must have when you hike.  They are also by design an excellent choice when carrying a pack or other heavy loads.
 

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