How to get the best hiking boots for the job

How to choose the best hiking boot

The best way to choose hiking boots that work well is to get footwear that are made for the job.
There is a multitude of fabulous boots out there, some designed for specific jobs such as lightweight, thru hikes, rough walking and and others ‘all rounders’.  It would take an age to go through all the pros and cons of the huge range available, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind when shopping for new boots. In this article, Georgie Bull shows how she did it!

Shorts and Gaiters and/or Shorts and Long Johns!

Even the Track marker is wearing gaiters!

Not sure if you have ever had a good look around Flickr. It is a huge community of people who love to share their photographs and enjoy the work of others.

Flickr also has a lot of “groups” where you can join like minded people and “pool” photographs on different subjects or topics. There are groups for Tasmania with 5000 plus photos, a group for Trangia’s (600 + images), Love of the Outdoors (30,000 + images) and Backpacking (9000+ images). There is even a group for Travelling Toys (21,000 + images)

So we shouldn’t be surprised there is a group that celebrates people who wear Shorts and Gaiters and/or Shorts and Long Johns, after all, it is our standard fashion wear when hitting the bush!

This combination is the perfect bushwalking outfit for your legs!

Practical, quick dry, protect your lower legs from scratches, keeps the mud out of your boots and means you don’t have to hike with wet pants clinging to your legs.

Hiking in a Skirt – one good reason

Heading into the Walls of Jerusalem - Tasmania - the one on the left is wearing the skirt (Hi Rhona & Simon)

Ok, it’s Frank here. I don’t usually hike in anything but shorts, no matter what the season.

I don’t walk in a skirt and neither does Sue. We’ve never found a good reason until a few days ago.
We came across an article at Dressed in Dirt.  This excellent site,  subtitled the tips and tales of a female backpacker is run by Adelaide Brown. Adelaide is a writer currently living in Portland, OR, she  runs the Portland Women’s Outdoor Club and has done “a good bit of travel” including  a few months on the Appalachian Trail.

Anyway, back to the story, what is the big advantage of wearing a shirt hiking?   Drumroll……

Blisters? – Not this time, Sue tries Injinji hiking socks with success

Tweet Blisters, hot spots and sore feet? Looking for socks that help reduce blisters on your feet? Have trouble hiking or bushwalking because of blisters? What are the best hiking socks? Ever since we have been hiking together Sue’s feet have caused her problems. She has an odd shaped little toe that curls under her […]

8 tips to make a good hiking trip, great

Tweet How can you make a multi day hiking trip great? What’s the best preparation before you leave on your next bushwalking trip? What are eight key ideas that will elevate your trip to “one of the best”? Reducing risk on your next trek, some ideas. We have put together our “Top 8″ list of […]