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Tactical Hiking Boots & Hiking Shoes
When it comes to being outdoors, your footwear needs to protect and support you from the terrain, weather conditions and length of hike or excursion. There are three basic categories for hiking footwear: Trail Runners, Hiking Shoes and Hiking Boots.
- Trail Runners- Trail runners are multi-purpose and lightweight. Some hikers wear these types of shoes for long hikes on a variety of terrains. When wearing trail runners, hikers are normally not carrying a heavy amount of weight, so they do not require the additional foot support that a heavier hiking boots offers. These shoes typically have a thin rubber outsole and weigh less than 20 oz. per pair.
- Hiking Shoes- Although trail runners are sometimes considered to be hiking shoes, there are differences between the tow. A key difference is that hiking shoes have a thicker outsole designed with composite rubber and lugs so that they have improved traction. They also incorporate a shank that is combined with a thinner upper and weigh about 2-3 lbs. per pair.
- Hiking Boots- Hiking boots are more durable, they keep your feet dry and warm, plus they have an enhanced foot cushion with additional ankle support. Some tactical hiking boots have composite or steel toes for protection from heavy boulders or foreign objects. Hiking boots are heavier than hiking shoes or trail runners since they have added features to give the hiker insulation, a rigid outsole for traction and waterproofing elements for the cooler weather conditions. Depending on the additional support features, tactical hiking boots can weigh more than 5 lbs. per pair.
When determining what type of hiking boot to buy, you must consider some of your required features which may include; the amount of traction, waterproof or not, how much ankle support you need and what level of sole needed for the terrains hiked.
Popular Hiking Boots
The Merrell MOAB 2 Mid Boot gives hikers or adventurist the comfort they need right out of the box. With no break-in period, these waterproof hiking boots offer a durable leather construction, supportive footbed and the advanced technology of the Vibram traction sole. With only weighing a little over 2 lbs., these boots can take you through the woods and back with less foot fatigue.
When in carrying heavy loads and experiencing cooler environments with rough terrains, the Salomon Quest 4D3 Hiking Boot is the expert’s choice. This trail hiking boot is designed with the newest technology; it reduces fatigue, allows your feet to breathe and gives you the traction you need when facing wet, loose, or dry surfaces.
Additional Hiking Gear
Whether you are going on a 3-day excursion or just a leisurely day hike, additional supplies may be needed. Patriot Outfitters is proud to carry tactical backpacks, tactical shorts or pants, flashlights and more tactical gear. If you are going on a long trek, make sure you are prepared by shopping our large selection of tactical boots, eyewear and knives & tools from some of the industry’s top brand like 5.11 Tactical, Salomon, Merrell, Galls and more.
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