Practical Tips to Choose the Best Camping Boots
While we take care of choosing everything else from our clothes, food and rucksack to tent, torch and hammock while preparing for camping, we hardly think about what to wear on our feet. The fact is that, it’s our feet that suffer the most on a camping trip because of the wilderness through which they have to take us further. Obviously it’s an important consideration to choose the right camping footwear. Here are some tips.
What are Camp Shoes For?
Camp shoes perform many important tasks to keep your feet comfortable in the unkind terrain. Just as you choose the best work boots, you should choose the best camping boots. Their tasks include:
Allow Your Feet to Breathe: After a long day of hiking, your feet may become steamy and probably blistered up. If your backpacking venture will be lasting for multiple nights, you need to allow your feet to air out for an hour or two at night before sliding them inside another steamy cover like socks etc.
Keep Your Feet Clean: Wilderness can easily make your feet dirty with mud, bug bites etc. Keep them clean with a hand sanitizer, tea tree oil or a wet wipe and slip them in your breathable camp shoes to let them dry out.
What to Look for?
You can enjoy your hiking and camping, only if you are feeling comfortable in your shoes. So, don’t underestimate this essential accessory. Don’t allow your boots to break on you. For this, you will have to remember to look for certain points.
Camping boots are of several styles and you should choose a style according to the type of activity you are going to do. For example, for a light hike, you should choose light hiking boots. They are quite similar to your typical running shoes but a bit more robust. Therefore they are popular among long-distance backpackers. If you will be dealing with a rocky terrain, you should opt for mountaineering boots. They are designed for tougher terrains and heavier loads.
Choosing a wrong material of your camping boots may make your feet feel hot and even cause blisters. Synthetic materials, like polyester and nylon, are lightweight. They dry out quickly and boots made from them are easier to break in. Another great choice is a cross between leather and synthetic offering you the best of both worlds. However, its drawback is that it is not totally water-resistant.
Your right cut will depend again on the type of activity you will take up. Low cut camping boots are the best for longer treks on a more plain terrain, whereas if you will be hiking on a potentially tough terrain, you should go for height cut boots.
By choosing the right size, you will provide adequate breathing room for your feet. Beware of getting carried away with various bells and whistles and focus on the most essential factor – comfort. While trying your camping boots, always wear your socks to get the right fit.
Before you wear your camping boots on your camping trip, it’s advisable to wear them on a regular basis in order to let them break in. By this, you can detect any possible trouble you might have to go through while wearing them on the actual trail and can remove it on time. By wearing the boots regularly, you can also get them softened and ready for the trail.
Try Your Work Boots
Consider wearing your best work boots on your camping trip if you have chosen them with all the above points in mind, e.g. right fit, size, cut, comfort etc. If they are sturdy enough, they may be right for wearing during camping.
Consider these points on a priority basis and you will praise yourself while roaming comfortably in the wilderness, enjoying the company of nature.