What Makes a Hiking Boot Great?

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Full-grain leather and Nubuck suede take water repellant products well but keep in mind that they won't waterproof a hiking boot NOT designed to be waterproof inrepparttar first place. The repellant will help shed water but if you're walking through streams or deep puddles you're going to get wet.

Waterproofing

You may or may not need waterproof hiking boots. Considerrepparttar 136804 environment you usually hike in and how long your trips are. If you do a lot of short desert hiking trips you probably don't need waterproof boots. Actually in a dry environment they'll only make it harder for your feet to breathe (more numerous or heavy layers mean less breathability). Nylon mesh fabric breathes better than leather, but remember you're making tradeoffs for durability, support, and protection.

If you would like to learn more about selecting your next pair of hiking boots and what's important regarding fit and construction click here. Or take a look at this related article to help say goodbye to blisters caused by poor quality hiking socks.

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How to Pick Your Next Camping Tent.

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My 4 man tent with 2 vestibules is perfect for 2 people and plenty of gear. Dry equipment is a good thing. This is still true with kids becauserepparttar smaller they arerepparttar 136803 more room they take up with "kid stuff". Something else to keep in mind is that more room makes extended trips easier.

Considerrepparttar 136804 length and width ofrepparttar 136805 camping tents you're looking at. If you're 6 feet tall you'll want at least 7 feet to stretch out length-wise and 2-3 feet of width depending on how much you move in your sleep.

Another thing to consider is to make sure you have enough space for an inflatable air mattress. While it's not mandatory I'll have to say it makes camping much more comfortable than lying on a cold pad. When I wake up I feel 300% better than when I slept on a pad onrepparttar 136806 floor getting stiff and cold. No it's not a king-size pillow-top, but hey this is camping. ;-)

Since we're onrepparttar 136807 subject of size, make sure that you'll have enough height to kneel, partially-stand, or...

If you would like to learn more about how to pick a great camping tent, click here.

Marc learned about quality gear when his pup tent flooded forcing him to sleep in his tiny 2-seat Honda CRX. His hiking equipment & camping gear guides & reviews save you time & money. Subscribe to his camping & hiking newsletter & get the most usable info. FREE! Marc Wiltse. Reprint permission if author, copyright, links & this notice are intact.


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