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Own­ing a com­fort­able pair of hiking boots or shoes is an es­sen­tial part of mak­ing sure your out­door ad­ven­ture is the best it can be. But with so many op­tions avail­able, it can be a chal­lenge to know what to look for. This guide will out­line some of the choices you have, and hope­fully help you to nar­row down your se­lec­tion. Note – to some, there is a ma­jor dif­fer­ence be­tween hiking, trekking, and tramp­ing. To oth­ers, all three words can be used in­ter­change­ably. For the pur­pose of this ar­ti­cle, we’re go­ing to re­fer to all forms of non-ur­ban walk­ing as ‘hiking’. TYPES: Hiking shoes are best suited for short hikes with a light pack load. Com­pared to typ­i­cal run­ning shoes, they have a stiffer sole, more sta­bil­ity, and bet­ter trac­tion. They are very light­weight, but gen­er­ally too un­sta­ble for any­thing other than smooth trails. Hiking boots, with a higher cut around the an­kle, of­fer more sup­port and pro­tec­tion then hiking shoes. A higher-cut also helps with keep­ing any wa­ter or de­tri­tus from get­ting in­side of the boot. Hiking boots are good for day and multi-day hikes with light loads on rougher trails or ter­rain. Back­pack­ing boots are de­signed for multi-day trips in the back­coun­try, car­ry­ing a heav­ier load. Most are high-cut around the an­kle, pro­vid­ing exce l len t sup­port, and have a much stiffer sole than hiking boots. They are durable and suit­able for rough ter­rain and off­trail treks. Moun­taineer­ing boots are very heavy and have very stiff soles. They are de­signed for heavy loads and are ex­tremely durable, tough, and sup­port­ive. They rise well above the an­kle and most suit­able for an alpine en­vi­ron­ment, and while moun­taineer­ing. MA­TE­RI­ALS: Boots and shoes made with ny­lon and split-grain leather or suede are light­weight and have ex­cel­lent

breatha­bil­ity, es­pe­cially if there are ad­di­tional mesh pan­els. They are gen­er­ally lighter, less ex­pen­sive, and take less time to break in than full-grain leather shoes. How­ever, they have less dura­bil­ity and re­sis­tance to wa­ter and abra­sion. Boots made from full-grain leather of­fer ex­cel­lent dura­bil­ity, as well as wa­ter and abra­sion re­sis­tance. But they are also heav­ier, less breath­able and re­quire more time to prop­erly break in. WA­TER PRO­TEC­TION: If you are go­ing to be hiking in clear, mild con­di­tions, stan­dard footwear is per­fect. How­ever, if you plan on be­ing in the rain or snow, con­sider footwear that of­fers wa­ter­proof pro­tec­tion, made with: a wa­ter­proof/breath­able lin­ing to pre­vent wa­ter per­me­at­ing to your feet, an ex­ter­nal wa­ter­proof coat­ing such as wax, oil or a durable wa­ter re­pel­lent (DWR), SOLES: Boots and shoes con­structed with a soft sole are best on longer hikes that aren’t go­ing to be very stren­u­ous. Soft-soled shoes are light and flex­i­ble, gen­er­ally made with thin­ner shanks and soft plates, and un­suit­able for sup­port­ing heav­ier loads or travers­ing rugged ter­rain. Hard sole shoes are used in back­pack­ing and moun­taineer­ing boots. They are de­signed for load bear­ing sit­u­a­tions and hilly hikes, rather than ex­tended flat ground. They are less flex­i­ble be­cause of their stiffer plates and stronger shanks, and are best suited for steep ter­rain where sup­port is more im­por­tant than flex­i­bil­ity.

The MEINDL IS­LAND MFS AC­TIvE is the flag­ship of the Meindl trekking range. Avail­able in a va­ri­ety of ver­sions with the main ones be­ing the Is­land Lady, Mens Stan­dard, Wide and Com­fort Fit. Orig­i­nally de­signed for sol­diers car­ry­ing ex­treme loads in Alpine re­gions these boots have been con­tin­u­ally de­vel­oped with cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy for thirty years. Meindl Mem­ory Foam Sys­tem cups the an­kle for a per­fect fit and pro­vides an­kle sup­port to pre­vent in­jury. This 100% wa­ter­proof, Gore-Tex lined boot has in­te­grated prona­tion and supina­tion zones which pro­mote cor­rect posture and sup­port. The air pump­ing and mois­ture drainage sys­tem is ac­ti­vated by the mo­tion of the boot when flexed. With the ‘flexi-hinge’ sewn into the boots at the heel al­lows for more free­dom of move­ment for gen­eral heel and toe walk­ing. In­side the boot MFS mould­able foam lin­ing en­sures the per­fect fit for ev­ery foot shape and re­duces foot move­ment which re­duces fric­tion and blis­ters. Above the Vi­bram® Multi Grip sole is a 2cm wide rub­ber bumper strip (rand) which pro­tects the leather up­per at its widest point from dam­age from sharp rocks.

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