Buying lightweight boots

In March 2008, Backpacker Magazine reviewed a bunch of boots for different feet and different trails. For trekking, mid-duty boots will provide the comfort, support, and durability you need. The key is to make sure you get the right fit. Backpacker Magazine laid out six steps to ensure your boot is a good fit…

1. Shop in the p.m.: Your feet swell throughout the day, and they will get big when you’re hiking. So, try on boots in the afternoon when your feet are expanded.

2. Measure your feet: Ears and noses are not the only things that grow as we age; measure your feet each time you shop. If your feet are different sizes, go with the larger fit.

3. Shop around: There are so many different models of boots; make sure you find one that fits!

4. Take a 15-minute test drive. Walk up and down and all around. Pay attention to pressure points and any discomfort.

5. Wait for Perfection: The right boot should cradle you in comfort; you’ll know when you find it.

6. Add padding: If your feet get sore easily, think about adding a padded insole to reduce shock.

So what mid-duty shoes did Backpacker Magazine rate the best?

The overall best buy was the Keen Targhee II Mid. It had ample cushioning and comfort, and the raters were impressed with its waterproofing. Men, rate the North Face Smedge very highly. For women, the Asolo Attiva GTX and Garmont Sitka XCR received high marks for grip, comfort, durability, and design. Remember, there are a plethora of great shoes, but only a few will give you the right fit. So take your time and shop around. Click here to check out the entire Backpacker Magazine boot review.

Happy Trails!

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