What Makes Good Hiking Boots?

30 August 2018

Any choice of clothing should come with some considerations. Size, colours, materials used, price, and how often you will use it. However, these considerations become more important when you take them and use them in high-intensity use like hiking the North Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Suddenly, they need to be extremely durable, waterproof, or lightweight, and any issues with the design must be exacerbated.

As a result, one of the deal breakers when it comes to a serious walking or hiking trip is your choice of footwear. Too tight or loose, and you’ll be feeling blisters developing within an hour. Designs that are lightweight may not be protected from the elements, and spending a long time in soaked shoes can cause serious health problems. On the other hand, heavy-duty hiking boots may not be necessary on certain trails and may cause you to lag behind the rest of the pack.

So, when choosing your shoes, make sure that they’ll meet all your requirements for long-term use, as the difference between an unpleasant trek and a nice day out can depend entirely on your boots.

Choosing the perfect pair of hiking boots largely depends on the type of trek you are going to carry out. If you only expect to complete a short walk under dry conditions within a timeframe of up to two hours, you will need to invest in a sturdy and comfortable set of shoes. In contrast, if you expect to walk over more difficult terrain, in harsh weather conditions or for a long period, hiking shoes will be needed.

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Hiking shoes can be divided into 3 types:

  • Hiking shoes, which are just tougher versions of normal shoes and can be used in milder conditions.
  • Day hiking boots, with a stronger sole and some protection from the elements, are a better choice for long hikes or muddy conditions.
  • Backpacker boots, which are heavier and sturdier than hiking boots, are suited to virtually any conditions and keep you comfy with a much stronger sole and a high cut that wraps around the ankle.

All three come with their benefits and drawbacks: hiking shoes are generally more comfortable due to being lighter and are easier to ‘break in’, but they may not be able to withstand the elements. Making sure you’re able to break in your shoes before you set off is vital to enjoying your walk, as there’s nothing worse than stiff shoes on a hiking trip.

Ultimately, a good hiking boot is a matter of personal preference, but you should consider these basic requirements before making the splash on shoes that can make or break a hiking trip. The North Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is dedicated to giving both novice and experienced hikers a challenge through the North Yorkshire 3 Peaks Route: Taking you over 3 of the highest peaks in Yorkshire – Pen-Y-Ghent, Ingleborough & Whernside – in the space of a single day. 24 miles in 12 hours