Health & Fitness

December 9, 2008

Finding the right hiking boot

Not all hiking boots are the same.

And finding boots designed for a specific type of hiking can go a long way toward making the experience pleasurable.

Here are some brief guidelines to the types of hiking boots available.

Trail shoes: Made for hiking in dry weather and on well-established paths. High quality trail shoes are best suited for day-hikes and carrying a light day pack.

Trail hikers: Designed for sturdiness, trail hikers are good for tackling inclines and muddy paths. Higher-cut waterproof boots offer further support and protection from unexpected surprises on a trail, such as protruding limbs and rocks.

Mountaineering: With rugged wear and tear in mind, this type of strong boot provides solid ankle support when taking on difficult terrain — whether vertical or horizontal.

Source: L.L. Bean

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