Another great guest post from Tina Mancini from Delivering Customers. This time about Hiking Boots.
Footwear, Are Hiking Boots The Best Choice Of A Survivalist?
One of the main things you need to be able to survive is mobility. Whether you walk, swim, run or drive, if you can’t get around or are not with someone who can get around, you will not survive very long. You will be unable to get food, water or defend yourself if needed. So if the time comes when you need to survive, particularly in the wild, you will need proper and durable footwear.
Hiking boots and shoes are good for rougher terrain in general, however there are different types and it’s important to pick the right one for you. The debate isn’t about which hiking boot is the best quality but more about which is best for you and your situation. It depends on many different things such as where you will be wearing them, when, the expected weather and terrain. And of course how far you expect to walk in them. Don’t forget that even the best and most expensive boot or shoe is useless if it doesn’t fit right. If you are having trouble finding the proper fitting footwear visit a foot clinic. As a hiking enthusiast with problematic feet, trust me when I tell you that issues such as high arches, flat feet and other foot problems can make finding the right boot or shoe especially difficult. Often a custom orthotic or insert can make a huge difference in the fit and comfort.
To properly understand the importance of footwear to a survivalist consider the following scenario;
Have you ever had to walk 20 miles with over 40lbs on your back? Even in the best of situations your feet are going to hurt and that’s a lot of steps to take where something could go wrong such as a twisted ankle.
Hiking boots, specifically ones that are lightweight, with ankle support and suspension are better than typical running shoes. This is because hiking boots with the aforementioned traits stabilize your ankles making rolling them less likely and the suspension helps absorb the pressure per step, which equals less joint pain.
Lightweight hiking boots are key if you plan to walk over a large distance because the heavier they are the more cumbersome they are. That makes them less comfortable and more likely to trip you up. Plus, if they are weighing down your feet, you will get worn out much quicker and cover less ground.
Choosing a hiking boot over a hiking shoe is a good idea when planning on doing your walking in overgrown areas. A good sturdy boot will not only protect your feet and ankles from nasty snakes or rash causing plants, but also give you the “weapon” to stamp out the offender! However, don’t forget that a boot will be heavier so you are probably better with a good quality hiking shoe if you don’t need the extra protection of a boot.
Keep in mind however that hiking boots are not the greatest for landscapes where you will be crossing rivers and streams because while some are water-resistant or waterproof, when they get wet, they take days to fully dry. If you are stuck walking in wet hiking boots, that will open another set of issues such as blisters and callouses, which can put a quick end to your walking. A hiking shoe will dry quicker, and since they are less cumbersome, it will also be easier to carry a back-up pair.
So you can see, for the survivalist, it’s important to do your research, and try on plenty of different types and styles of boots. Make sure you take your time, walk around in the store, even test them at home (not outside so you can return them if needed) to be sure they will be comfortable and supportive over a long term. Don’t make a rush decision, remember to wear socks when shopping for your boots or shoes and consider more than just the name brand or price tag.
Thanks again Tina.
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