I’ve noticed a trend over the last few years. Where as before people donned their trainers and headed off to the gym to partake in various forms of high energy activities in sweaty smelly rooms eeeeeeeeuuuuuuuuuuuugggggggghhhhhhhh. Recently there has been a shift towards getting outside in the fresh air swapping trainers for hiking boots and going on long scenic walks.
Although you can clock up steps / burn calories faster in a gym it can be far more pleasurable to go outside and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and fresh air. In order to do this though you need the right footwear. Going to the gym can be costly unless you join one with basic facilities but going out hiking can cost far less although you need to consider the weather. Whichever you choose to do you still need to wear the right footwear so essentially going hiking can be far more cost effective and can ultimately save you money.
Choosing the right hiking boots is simple when you look at a good, well established company say for instance Hi-Tec. They have a varied range of products offering the support needed to prevent injury. I’ve searched through their site to show you my favourite 4 hiking boots. Wanting to be fair to both sexes I have chosen 2 pairs for each.
For the gents:
The Ottawa II Waterproof men’s boot is a durable, leather, light hiking boot. It has a Dri-Tec waterproof and breathable membrane keeping feet dry. It has a reinforced toe cap and heel counter providing support and protection, and rustproof metal hardware. The lacing allows for a secure fit and extra support.
The Multi-Directional Traction rubber outsole provides durability and improves grip on varied terrain. This is a great men’s hiking boot no matter what the weather and trail are like.
I also love the Storm Waterproof Men’s Light Hiking Boot. This is great for hiking novices again featuring a Dri-Tec waterproof and breathable membrane and a suede and mesh upper. The removable moulded insole keeps water away and provides cushioning and shock absorption to make the boot very comfortable to wear. Again there is a multi-directional traction rubber outsole for durability and grip.
There is a women’s version of both hiking boots shown above.
For the ladies:
The Altitude Ultra I Waterproof women’s hiking boots are lightweight. They also have the Dri-Tec waterproof and breathable membrane and in addition i-shield water and dirt repellent technology. This hiking boot offers the wearer great support and comfort and a secure fit making it a great ladies hiking boot. The sole has a great grip and as with the men’s boots provide great grip whatever the weather.
The Altitude V i is a great lightweight, waterproof, durable hiking boot. Not only do they look great but they also offer great support and has i-shield water and dirt repellent technology. The insole provides superior cushioning and the multi-directional traction rubber outsole will keep you grounded on varied terrains.
There are far more hiking boots available than those shown here as well as a large variety of walking shoes.
I hope you like my choices.
Have you ever been hiking before?