Monday, October 15, 2018

Let's Go Hiking!

Warning: if you're looking for motivation to get into shape, this is probably not the article for you.
"I had this aha moment while hiking the other day. Aha moments while hiking are usually great, and occasionally even life changing. Sometimes hiking helps me get crystal clear on what I want for dinner. Other times, step by step I chart different paths forward in my life through difficult circumstances. Hiking is cathartic. But what I realized this time is that hiking is also difficult. It always has been, and so I suppose it always will be."  

Read the entire article at this link. Steep climbs, profuse sweat, plodding pace — let’s go hiking!
If you're still motivated to hike, you'll need good hiking footwear.  You may want to checkout my footwear recommendations below.

BOOTS
My favorite boots are the Zamberlan Vioz GT Hiking Boots.  They come in men's and women's and I have tried both. I have a narrow to average heel, but need more room in the toe box. I find these boots have enough room in the toe box but fit well in the heel. I also find I need a waterproof boot in Alaska and have used these boots in all seasons including winter for years and they have never let me down. Zamberlan Vioz Gortex hiking boots can be ordered from Amazon at the links below.

What I like about them:
-good fit
-waterproof with a gortex liner
-good support without being too stiff or heavy
-no break-in needed right out of the box and no blisters
-all leather construction for better wear
-good traction

Zamberlan Women's 996 Vioz GT Hiking Boot,Dark Brown,39 M EU/7 M US
Zamberlan VIOZ GTX Backpacking Boot - Wide - Men's Dark Grey/Red, 10.5

INSOLES are also an importance piece of equipment to have in your outdoor equipment arsenal. They can breathe new life into an old pair of boots, but I also use them in new boots.I have tried many types of insoles over the years, and have found Superfeet to be the best. I use the orange (men's) or berry (women's) Superfeet because they have some cushioning as well as a good heel cup.
Superfeet - Women's Berry

For more gear recommendations, check the "Pages" section on this blog (right side.)

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