5 Hiking Boots Reviewed

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Nobody wants to embark on a healthful hike with the family only to have to call a halt early due to a foot full of blisters or a sprained ankle. Proper hiking shoes or boots are of particular importance to anybody that enjoys walking the hills and trails, because protecting the feet is paramount to having an enjoyable experience. Consumers keen to pick up a pair of quality hiking boots so they can walk in comfort can choose from five pairs that are sure to perform.
Hiking boot benefits
Trainers are very comfortable for general urban use, but provide little or no ankle protection to the wearer. Hiking boots are slightly heavier, thanks to the additional support that is provided to the user. The grip is also more tactile, providing a sure footed platform on uneven ground. Even less expensive hiking boots that eschew modern materials such as Gore-Tex usually provide a measure of water resistance that is not provided by trainers, which is something of particular importance on all but the shortest excursions.
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Scarpa Terra Gore-Tex

Scarpa Terra Gore-Tex Scarpa boots are provided to elite military formations across the world, including the British Royal Marines. The Scarpa Terra Gore-Tex boot offers water resistant protection thanks to a performance lining that encases the entire foot. Despite being almost totally waterproof, the material is very breathable and allows perspiration to exit from the boot, meaning the feet remain comfortable for long periods of time. Weighing only 600 grams each, the boots are extremely tough and supply the user with plenty of support and protection when out on the trails.


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Keen Gypsum

Keen Gypsum A popular American brand, Keen hiking boots have a reputation for comfort and reliability. The Keen Gypsum hiking boot is a lighter option than the Scarpa Terra boot, weighing only 482 grams. It does not ride as high over the ankles as a result, but still provides ample support and protection for a moderate hike. The Gypsum boots come with patented Keen.Dry waterproof breathable membrane to keep the feet dry, and a rigid heel support structure to help prevent injuries to the feet on uneven terrain.


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Columbia Bugaboot Plus II

Columbia Bugaboot Plus II Columbia has created quality footwear for decades and the Bugaboot Plus II is an addition to the popular Bugaboot line. Available in black leather or with a disruptive pattern material print, the insulated and waterproof winter boot sports an extra tall collar to provide exceptional protection for the ankles and support for the lower calves. The Bugaboot Plus II is a particularly well-insulated boot, providing additional protection for the feet in extremely cold conditions. The extra insulation does come at a cost, and the boots are heavier than the Keen Gypsum weighing around 600 grams.


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Nike Lunarstorm

Nike Lunarstorm Intended for more casual hikers, the Nike Lunarstorm boot is a lightweight option sold as part of the Nike ACG range. Featuring patented Nike Lunarlon technology, the boot provides the wearer with a large amount of cushioning that is more reminiscent of a quality running shoe than a hiking boot. Springy and comfortable, the boot has a soft rubber outsole with plenty of grip. However, the flexibility of the boot hinders some of the support aspects. As such, it is an excellent choice for casual walkers but is not always suitable for lengthier hikers or particularly inclement weather.


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Merrell Proterra

Merrell Proterra The Merrell Proterra is a hiking boot better suited for casual walks than aggressive excursions into the wild. The Proterra is a lightweight, minimalist lace-up hiking option incorporating Merrell Stratafuse technology that allows the synthetic midsole and mesh uppers to mould to the feet better than heavier leather options, allowing for almost no "breaking in" period. Despite being light and comfortable, the shoe manages to fit protective toe and heel caps as to provide a measure of protection.


How to buy hiking boots on eBay

Whether you are a fanatical hiker seeking the best hiking boots that money can buy, or simply a novice looking to take a little scenic exercise, you can find a vast range of hiking boots, shoes, and apparel on eBay. Simply find the search box located on any page, then type in the name of the boot you have decided upon such as "Scarpa Terra" or "Keen Gypsum", depending on the brand you are looking for. With the easy to use filters you can quickly find the right pair for you with just a few clicks of your mouse.
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