If you spend money and time buying just one bit of an outdoor kit, make it a good pair of hiking boots – they’re worth their weight in gold. We’ve tested out multiple pairs to bring you our nine favorite models, all ready to tackle any weather. When shopping for hiking boots you need to ensure they fit perfectly, so it’s worth trying lots of pairs on in person – a good outdoor shop will be able to suggest multiple models and check that the ones you buy really fit your feet. Look for a pair that feel snug and supportive but not too restrictive, without any tightness or rubbing anywhere on your foot but especially around the heel. Your toes should be able to wiggle freely but your foot shouldn’t slide in the boot. Lace the boots up tightly and check that your ankle feels supported. It’s worth taking along your usual hiking socks when trying on boots. A well-made hiking boot should be two things – waterproof and breathable. Most models are made with either leather or synthetic fabrics, or a mix of the two – leather offers more warmth in cold weather and is naturally waterproof, but can… Read full this story
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