How to choose shoes for hiking? Part 3



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Winter shoes: They are mainly used for heavy winter conditions in combination with cats or snowshoes they could be your only salvation in the overcoming of certain areas. High mountain shoes are much more solid and are made of a combination of different materials such as Kevlar, Cordura, leather and often plastics. There are even models in which the primary top layer is completely plastic. They have a thick outer layer, which is the reason for the increased weight. In winter shoe the outsoles are completely solid. This is done in order to enable the foot not to bend and thus more surface area will contact with the place on which you step. So you will be more sustainable. Walking is a little more difficult from the perspective of comfort, but not from that of the sustainability. Often in icy areas and inclination precisely this hard sole will be beneficial for you. With winter shoes you can walk and through other terrains and in another season as long as it is fun and comfortable. The pros and cons of certain models you can learn from the advices of the corresponding manufacturer or a seller consultant.

Buying Tips: Spend more money for the purchase of better shoes for hiking. Choose ones that are lined with a membrane of the type Gore-tex, because in addition to that the probability of passing of moisture is small, their breathability is much greater. Choose a slightly larger number and always wear thick socks that are suitable for hiking. On the market there are very good summer socks that are thicker. Pay attention to the soles, because they are the area where the shoe contacts with the ground and there they wear out the most. The soles produced in the Vibram technology are qualitative and with them you will be more stable in slippery conditions. There are also others technologies from the various manufacturers that provide additional wear resistance of the sole. Many shoe models offered on the market are with the so called whole rubber board, edging the entire periphery at the bottom. It is located above the outsole and overlaps part of the base. It will protect you better from getting wet in a muddy terrain, snow slush or shallow water. The insoles of your shoes should allow a good breathability (usually they have a significant number of holes), they should be strong and mostly well anatomically designed. The latter is verified only after a practical test. The tongues of the shoes ​​must be one piece with the internal corpus, which prevents an additional penetration of water. There are also other supplementary details, which help the choice of the right shoes for hiking.

Read well all of the technical characteristics and listen to the advice of the consultant seller. Often you will find reviews for the various models on the web. We hope that our article will help you.




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