Today we will talk about boots mountain, essential for our walks through the countryside, and that are that are going to allow access with security and comfort, to all those wonderful places that we recommend when we go on the road.
Many people makes me the same question: which boots should I buy? And reply the same and “la gallega”, with another question: what is what are you going to do? And it is that depending on the type of raids we do by the mount we have different variety of footwear, but basically they have common elements. We must bear in mind also, the type of terrain and the time of year there is the crux of the matter since those three issues makers are based to offer different models.
It is clear that footwear for the mount must have “cane”, and I don’t mean this to be supermolon or that already come with a few kilometers, but that should be high. This is going to save more than one scare if by mistake, or by bad luck, slip, since our ankle will be more protected.
If we are who we make small inroads into the mountain and we move along paths, forest roads or sidewalks post should choose hiking boots. Normally this type of boots do not have to have much cane, with some medium it will be more than enough, unless you make breaks in winter, where it will be easier that we find a puddle or snow accumulation. Obviously for that case, a slightly higher cane will prevent water between us in the foot and we finish with soaked feet.
If, in addition, we are a little explorers and went out of the smoother roads, entering more rugged terrain, we should choose trekking boots. And finally, if we like to get to the top, where you will find snow and ice, so we will have to use crampons, we would have to choose mountaineering or expedition boots. This last type of boots have the highest cane to hold firmly to our ankles in these areas so insecure and to prevent stalling us foot with water.
Okay, great, and is now? Maybe not quite. I would lend special attention to the sole of the boot. It is clear that it must be tacos and non-slip, because we’re going out to the field, not a mall shopping. I also would assess the flexibility of the same, and would think if he could put crampons to my boots, who knows, in two months you bored go walk with Heidi and Peter, and want more action, which is not life as to go buying boots each month.
The rest of issues logic and are things that we all looked when we buy shoes: template, the last, and aesthetics. This point I love, because truth be told, Mountain boots, they are… rare. Yes, they are rare, they are not as football boots, stylised and aerodynamic, nor as a basketball, with its air chambers that it seems that they have removed them from the Discovery. No, the boots of mountains are very bastorras, very brutotas. Recently I accompanied my sister to boots and after looking for quite some time and try two or three… did not carry any, I don’t know if you would expect to find a few all-star or something. It should be to the idea that we are going to the field and in the field nobody cares how are your shoes. In addition, Mountain boots are so rare by the trot that is going to give, have to endure much abrasion, continuous rods, have to secure our standing, have to sweat but not Jigsaw, etc, which makes them to be as I say: bastorras.
I’ve seen the models and I know what I want to do now how I adjust them?
We have to continue to have several things in mind. First of all, that the heel is us firmly subject inside the boot and the toes, still subject, should be able to move with a bit of freedom.
Boots cannot be us fair since it may lead us poor circulation of blood; This is a detail to take into account if we are to make mountain trips, because it would increase the risk of freezing. “Amateur” level, I remember a trip with some friends which one wore a pair of boots one size smaller; contrary to what may seem, how appreciated rises!, because on the slopes below it is crushing fingers and, indeed, ended with the nails torn after 12 kilometers. But the remedy is not to boots to get us a little more loose, because that would lead us to chafing, blisters and other foot mess, and the truth is between mangle fingers and suffer blisters, I do not know well what I prefer…
To finally decide between the different models there is something that is said in all the manuals of mountain and almost nobody complies by doing pruebecitas in front of all the rock, but my duty is to comment on it. The best thing is to go into the store with a few socks similar to them that they take when using us boots to have a fair measure of our foot size, and theirs would be plundering a backpack and fill it with some weight to perform tests in a realistic way. With boots attached properly, we must assess the stability and robustness of the boot, controlled on both sides; We will also if there is any seam, any crease or something that can subtract us comfort, testing the boots at least for a couple of minutes, and best would carry out this examination of stitching both inside as outside.