Headed to the Backcountry? Bring Your Boots.

Backcountry hiking is one of the many great reasons why we travel, and having the proper gear can help make an experience enjoyable. Whether you’re an avid hiker or just learning the art of exploring, hiking boots are always a good idea.

Even though the favorite running shoe can be trusted for thousands of miles, their effectiveness is limited to hard pavements, so using them while hiking is a good way to get yourself on the fast track to the ER. The average running shoe lacks the grip needed to ensure proper footing on various terrain, nor do they have the needed ankle support for long distances.

Hiking boots allow each hiker to experience comfort and support on their journeys, so the focus stays on the beauty of nature, instead of the pain in their sole. Waterproof designs are also available at every major retailer for the hiker who enjoys keeping their feet dry and comfortable.  Blisters are also a common concern for hikers, so placing moleskin at the heel of the foot and knuckle of the toe can help prevent these painful sores.

The average cost of hiking boots can range from $50-$200, depending on the desired functionality. While those prices seem high, it’s important to remember that hiking boots are an investment. The average life span of a pair of hiking boots ranges between 500-900 miles, depending on the quality of the boot, which gives a hiker 2-4 years’ worth of outdoor enjoyment before making another investment is needed. 

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