As you know, the average human being walks barefoot in at least two cases: in the summer on the beach or, much more prosaic, at home. At other times, a person needs shoes for comfortable movement.
How to choose and what shoes to buy for hiking, shoe covers, climbing and assault cats and other little things.
Not only the amount of pleasure received during walking depends on the quality and wear resistance of shoes, but also the health of its owner. Moreover, in extreme or close conditions, high-quality shoes become the key to survival. Moreover, the survival of not only an individual person, but the whole group of people caught in an extreme situation. For those who doubt the relevance of these arguments, I will explain.
Inconvenient or cramped shoes, within a few hours, will cause the formation of a painful callus, which in traveling conditions can easily develop into an open abscess. It is logical to conclude that the happy owner of such an injury will simply not be able to maintain a given pace of movement. In other words, it will slow down the whole group, since the speed with which it can move will be 2 3 times lower than the initial one, which is practically unacceptable in conditions of transition with a limited amount of water and food.
If events develop in a similar direction, then sooner or later, the group will find itself in a hungry extreme situation with all the ensuing consequences. For those who have not yet understood, I repeat: a tight boot is able to ruin an entire expedition. Experience and common sense show that hiking shoes must meet the conditions in which it is planned to be used. So, for example, you should not go to the mountains, wearing sneakers with a smooth sole. Everything is very simple: the sneaker does not sufficiently fix the ankle, which in the conditions of mountainous terrain can turn into various kinds of bruises and sprains, which in turn will make the victim’s movement extremely uncomfortable.
Also, do not wear rubber boots at sub-zero temperatures. This is due to the fact that rubber is a material with excellent heat-conducting qualities, which implies that it will be cold in winter and hot in summer. In addition, rubber does not allow air to pass through, which at low temperatures contributes to the formation of condensate, and wet feet, as you know, freeze much stronger than dry ones. Also, you should not wear fur shoes that are designed for use at extremely low temperatures, if the window has zero degrees. The fact is that in such shoes the foot will be hot, and it will sock, as in a steam bath. Generally speaking, it’s much more advisable to duplicate a set of shoes.
So, for example, during a winter transition, it makes sense to take a backup pair of ordinary boots with you. In case of warming, shoes with fur can be replaced with less hot boots. And setting off for the summer transition, you should still bring along a pair of lightweight cloth boots. This is due to the fact that in wet leather shoes to move around is quite problematic. Firstly, it becomes heavier, and secondly, it is slippery in it. In this case, a pair of cloth shoes, or, as they are also called jungles (from the English Jungle jungle) will allow you to quickly change shoes and continue on in dry shoes.
Moreover, a backup pair of boots is a kind of insurance in case of damage to the main one. Experience shows that there should be at least one spare pair of shoes per group. In addition, each member of the group must have at least one set of spare laces and insoles. Shoes in which a person goes camping must be reliable, otherwise, you can simply not return from such a trip. The fact is that in an extreme situation, when access to people becomes the only real chance of survival, damage to shoes is actually equivalent to death. And that means. that hiking shoes should be particularly durable and wear resistant.
The reader may have a completely justified question, but how, in fact, to distinguish a solid and high-quality product from a product that is unreasonably expensive. The fact is that today the market is simply oversaturated with expensive sports shoes, which are often mistakenly classified by sellers as tourist ones. Perhaps the only drawback of such products is that the seller is trying to pass it off for what it really is not. And as a result, the buyer, having paid a considerable amount, receives, to put it mildly, not quite what he needs. Experience shows that leather boots with high berets and embossed soles are best suited for hiking..
The sole in such shoes should be hermetically glued and firmly sewn to the boot. In addition, the metal arch support, which impedes the puncture of the sole and, as a result, the feet, with broken glass or barbed wire, must be mounted in the sole, without fail. It should be noted that the reliability of mounting the sole to the boot itself directly depends on the mounting material used. The best option is the use of Kevlar threads, which by their nature have a high margin of safety and are not subject to rot..
There are shoes, the soles of which are tied around the perimeter with iron. Such shoes are most suitable for mountainous areas, in addition, the use of such a design will provide good grip when moving on ice. At one time, the Germans equipped mountain rifle divisions with such shoes. Socks in hiking boots should be reinforced, which is achieved through the use of metal toes. The presence of the latter will not only protect the toes from bruises, which is especially important in the mountains, but also turns a pair of boots into a fairly serious means of self-defense.
A direct hit with such a shoe can be compared with the impact of a heavy hammer. Camping boots should be laced up and not fastened. The fact is that it is almost impossible to repair, and even more so replace, a broken lightning in field conditions. But to replace the torn lace is not a problem. There are models with a special valve that closes the lacing, which, in addition to preventing arbitrary loosening of the laces, also prevents dirt and burdock from sticking to them..
The inner surface of the boot should also be specially treated, it should breathe and absorb sweat well. This is achieved using special moisture-absorbing insoles, and breathable inner coatings. Of the natural materials used for the interior decoration of shoes, flax is optimal. There are also models where the inner liner is made of synthetic material such as GoreTex. Such shoes will be warm and dry in almost any circumstance. The fact is that such materials breathe, thereby preventing excessive sweating of the legs. In addition, due to their porous structure, they prevent the ingress of moisture from outside.
Hiking shoes should fit the size of the foot as much as possible. The fact is that tight or excessively loose shoes disrupt the normal functioning of the foot and lead to the formation of abrasions, corns, diaper rash of the skin, to the formation of inflamed mucous bags, to the bending of the fingers. Acceptable is the purchase of shoes 1 2 sizes larger than the size of the legs. This is done so that in the case of using an extra insole or several socks, the shoes are not stingy. New shoes need to be measured on the left foot, this is due to the fact that, due to the anatomical features of the human body, the left foot is slightly larger than the right. And therefore, if the boot sits abutting on the right foot, then on the left he may simply not fit.
It should also be remembered that it is unacceptable to go camping in brand new shoes. The fact is that new, unmatched shoes have the property of rubbing against the wearer’s foot for some time. Such grinding in is often accompanied by the formation of small scuffs, which is unacceptable in the condition of the transition. New shoes should be carried to such an extent that it was convenient not only to walk in it, but also to squat, run, and crawl. Experience shows that the purchase of tourist shoes should be taken very seriously. After all, it’s well known that it’s more expensive to save on your own health.
An excellent complement to a pair of boots will be shoe covers, put on top and provide protection from moisture, which is necessary when moving through swamps or deep snow. By and large, all shoe covers are divided into two types. They can be made of rubber, or from special waterproof fabrics. The first ones are much cheaper, but have one significant drawback, after a while my legs begin to shine in them, the reason for this is the lack of ventilation.
weighing 25-30 kg, the challenge is to overcome a rather steep climb. Naturally, it will be quite difficult for them to do this, in addition, such an ascent is fraught with various injuries. In this situation, it is advisable to use insurance, for which an assault cat is useful.
The technology of its application is extremely simple: we throw it so that it hooks on something, and begin the ascent, holding on to the rope and thus insuring itself. As for the ropes, for tourism the most appropriate acquisition will be a piece of rope with a diameter of 10 millimeters and a length of 20 meters. Naturally, if you are going to devote yourself to climbing or climbing, then you will need much longer ropes.