Backpacking Gear & Tips : Good Boots for Camping & Backpacking

Backpacking Gear & Tips : Good Boots for Camping & Backpacking


I’m going to talk a little bit about boots
now. Got three different classifications of boots. This one is one that a friend of mine
actually used to start off on his trek of the Appalachian Trail. And he said it was
a big mistake. Why was it a big mistake? Because this is the quintessential day-hiking boot.
It’s very flexible, and every single rock he stepped on, he felt it. This one here is
probably the one we sell the most at Bill Jackson’s. It’s quite a bit more rigid. You
step on the rocks, it gives you something relatively flat to stand on, but it’s still
light. This right here, we don’t sell quite so much. This is more traditional backpacking:
pack weights of 40 pounds plus. The hard-core masochist is the one to get out there and
carry really heavy packs. It is very rigid and very supportive. Sometimes I have people
go toward this, even if they’re carrying a light pack, if they’re worried about their
ankle, because it’s so supportive. So that’s an individual decision for the person to make.
But when you grab hold of the boots, you go to an outfitter and pick one up, give it a
twist, flex it, feel it. Because your feet have to fit this boot, and it has to be supportive
enough for you. And definitely try it on, because — I don’t care how much it costs
— if it doesn’t fit your foot, it’s not worth a dime. If you have any questions, give
your local outfitter a holler.

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