Get ready to take a hike. On June 6, celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration of public trails, with a day of trekking.
When preparing to head for the great outdoors, plenty of water and the right hiking boots are must-haves. Whether you’re hitting the trail for the first time or are a veteran hiker, there’s a boot to fit your needs and level of expertise. Even kids can find a a pair to help them safely navigate any terrain.
Below, FN offers some guidelines to follow when shopping for a pair of technical boots or shoes.
First, match your footwear to your trail plans — light hiking requires less technical product than an overnight backpacking trip.
Since you’ll be on your feet all day, comfort’s a top priority. Many of today’s boots are lightweight, breathable and waterproof. And most come packed with plenty of insole cushioning as well as flexible outsoles.
Since hiking boots need to fit properly in order to perform well, a trip to your local outdoor specialty store is your best bet. There, experts on staff can help you find the boot with the right fit and features. And don’t forget that if taking a member of the younger generation along, a simple pair of sneakers won’t offer the protection of a performance hiking boot on trails.
But don’t think that because you’re wearing technical boots, you can’t look fashionable. A range of trend-driven looks are available that combine athletic styling with outdoor influences, as well as broad color and material options.
According to the American Hiking Society, the annual event was spearheaded in the late 1980s and early ’90s by trail advocates, outdoor industry leaders and political bodies to unlock the potential of America’s National Trails System, transforming it from a series of local paths into a national network of interconnected trails and trail organizations.
Today, the event also includes outdoor activities, such as biking, horseback riding, paddling trips and birdwatching. To find an event in your area, click on to http://www.nationaltrailsday.org/ntd-events/.