Tactical Hiking Boots & Hiking Shoes
When it comes to outdoors, your footwear needs to protect and support you from the terrain, weather conditions, and length of hike or excursion. There are three basic categories for hiking footwear: Trail Runners, Hiking Shoes, and Hiking Boots.
- Trail Runners- Trail runners are multi-purpose and lightweight. Some hikers wear these types of shoes for long hikes on a variety of terrains. When wearing trail runners, hikers are normally not carrying a heavy amount of weight, so they do not require the additional foot support that heavier hiking boots offer. These shoes typically have a thin rubber outsole and weigh less than 20 oz per pair.
- Hiking Shoes- Although trail runners are sometimes considered hiking shoes, there are differences between the two. A key difference is that hiking shoes have a thicker outsole designed with composite rubber and lugs so that they have improved traction. They also incorporate a shank combined with a thinner upper and weigh about 2-3 lbs. per pair.
- Hiking Boots- Hiking boots are more durable, they keep your feet dry and warm, plus they have an enhanced foot cushion with additional ankle support. Some tactical hiking boots have composite or steel toes for protection from heavy boulders or foreign objects. Hiking boots are heavier than hiking shoes or trail runners since they have added features to give the hiker insulation, a rigid outsole for traction, and waterproofing elements for cooler weather conditions. Depending on the additional support features, tactical hiking boots can weigh more than 5 lbs. per pair.
When determining what type of hiking boot to buy, you must consider some of your required features, which may include; the amount of traction, whether waterproof or not, how much ankle support you need, and what level of the sole is needed for the terrains hiked.
Popular Hiking Boots
The Merrell MOAB 2 Mid Boot gives hikers or adventurists the comfort they need right out of the box. With no break-in period, these waterproof hiking boots offer a durable leather construction, a supportive footbed, and the advanced technology of the Vibram traction sole. With only weighing a little over 2 lbs., these boots can take you through the woods and back with less foot fatigue.
Designed to travel fast, the LOWA Innox Pro GTX Mid TF Tactical Boots offer the traction and support you need. These hiking boots feature a DynaPU® midsole for rebound, durability, and cushioning, while the PU MONOWRAP® provides stability. The Gore-Tex lining is fully waterproof to keep the elements out and has closed lace hooks for security as well as toe and heel caps for added protection.
Additional Hiking Gear
Whether you are going on a 3-day excursion or just a leisurely day hike, additional supplies may be needed. Patriot Outfitters is proud to carry tactical backpacks, tactical shorts or pants, flashlights and more tactical gear. If you are going on a long trek, make sure you are prepared by shopping our large selection of tactical boots, eyewear, and knives & tools from some of the industry’s top brands like 5.11 Tactical, Salomon, Merrell, Galls, and more.
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