Mariette Beaudoin. Hiking. April 28th , 2018.
Rucksack. Sounds obvious but you want a quality rucksack when hiking. There are different sizes of rucksack depending on the type of hiking you are planning. You also need to investigate how to pack a rucksack as this is also very important. This is really a subject of its own. However you need to concentrate on packing the heavy items at the top with easy access to the things you may need first (such as waterproof clothing etc).
Another very important piece of hiking gear that you should never forget to have is a pair of hiking boots or shoes. A lot of people do not realize that wearing hiking boots or shoes instead of the ordinary sneakers or sandals is not only comfortable but will also keep a hiker safer. Since hiking shoes are specially designed for hiking terrains they protect your feet and ankles from possible injuries in case the trail is slippery or a little rough for hiking. In case of a slight fall or slip the toughness and good design of these shoes or boots can keep you safe and make hiking on rough terrains much easier too.
So you want to go hiking and therefore you need to understand what hiking gear you will need to take with you. The stores are full of lots of gear for hiking that they want to sell you. However here are the main things you need to consider when deciding what hiking gear you need.
Hiking Boots and Equipment. Of all the hiking gear and equipment you need your hiking boots are probably the most important. Good boots give you traction and support throughout the hike. A good pair of boots need not be overly expensive even though you should not compromise on quality in the name of lower overall cost. It is advisable that you purchase your boots from a dealer who is conversant with the standards required of outdoor wear. Boots vary from lightweight for light hiking to heavy boots that are more durable and support the feet and ankles. The features you need to look out for when buying your hiking boots include water resistance weight of the boot the price the toe groove for crampons the width of toe box and the gusseted tongue.
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