Are you a hiking shoe or a rain shoe person? When Dora first started climbing, I often heard people say that only really good climbers would wear rain shoes, but is that really true? Dora himself does not have climbing shoes, it is because I think climbing shoes are too expensive for me, so I only bought rain shoes inside and add a thick insole, shockproof insole. However, even if the rain shoes add an insole and tie an ankle guard, the coverage cannot be as perfect as hiking shoes, and they are not breathable. Every time I climb, Dora can't stand the feeling of stuffy feet, and across the many things into the shoes, although they can keep warm, but will be more stuffy. For Dora, I think both hiking shoes and rain shoes have their advantages and disadvantages, the most important thing is to choose the right shoes for yourself, and go up the mountain with a happy mood, and come down safely and happily! Let Dora tell the girls 3 important points to note before choosing shoes!
It doesn't matter what kind of shoes you wear, what matters is your persistence and love for hiking.
Are you a mountain climbing shoes or rain shoes faction?3 mountain climbing before the selection of shoes points!
Advantages of Rain Shoes
The price is cheaper
Rain shoes can be bought in a couple of hundred, and can be bought at ordinary hardware stores (Xiaobei Department Store). In contrast, a pair of more durable hiking shoes at least 3000 yuan, more expensive. So Dora suggests that girls who do not often climb, or have a budget, can choose to get rain shoes first, which can greatly reduce the burden of novice climbers!
When it rains heavily, you don't have to worry about the problem of water entering your shoes, and you can also wear them directly across the stream!
Easy to clean
Mountain shoes also need to be oiled and maintained in order to wear them for a longer period of time. Even if the rain shoes are covered with mud, it is more convenient to wash them with water, and you won't feel pain when they get dirty because they are cheap!
The shortcomings of rain shoes
Low wrap-around properties
Rain shoes can not be completely covered, the palm of the foot is easy to slide, the degree of protection for the ankle is also very poor. The heel will easily rub against the rain shoes, which may break the heel, and when going downhill, it is easy to top the toe, making it easy to hurt the toe.
The sole of the shoe is thin
It is recommended that insoles, ankle guards and woolen socks be used to help cover the foot to reduce the space between the foot and the shoe to reduce the chance of injury.
Material is not hardy
When it rains, the hiking trails are slippery and muddy everywhere. This time to wear rain shoes, although the feet are not easy to wet better, but rain shoes can not wear ice claws, the body quality is not hardy enough.
3 important points before choosing shoes
People who want to start climbing for the first time, but are not sure if they will continue to climb in the future: it is recommended to consider getting rain shoes or cheaper climbing shoes first.
People who want to start climbing but have a limited budget: Decano, MERRELL, Salomon, Keen, SIRIO
People who have decided to climb and want to buy better equipment: LOWA, Zamberlan, Mammut
Which mountain do you want to climb?
If the mountain you usually walk on is a suburban mountain in Taiwan (below 1000 m), either hiking shoes or rain shoes are generally OK, and if you like intermediate mountains (around 1500-2500 m), such as Songluo Lake, Garo Lake, Katai Vertical, High Island Vertical, and other popular intermediate mountains, many people would highly recommend rain shoes, but in fact both types of shoes are fine, depending on the characteristics of your own feet. If you want to climb Baekdu and the Central Mountain Range, you should consider warmth and support, and rain shoes are less friendly to broken terrain and sharp rocky paths, so we suggest girls consider getting hiking shoes.
Whether you choose hiking shoes or rain shoes, the most important thing is to "understand the characteristics of the foot", to understand their usual walking force point, the foot sole force situation is consistent, whether there is a skewed situation. Dora herself is flat-footed, and when walking will have a skewed, outward eight situation, so every time down the mountain when the knee is easily injured and painful trouble. Girls are advised to consider what kind of shoes are suitable for their feet when choosing shoes. A good pair of shoes can be of great help when climbing and can make it much easier for girls when climbing. If the ankle is often injured, or wear sports shoes will easily feel very sore legs girls, it is more recommended that you choose hiking shoes.
I hope that after reading this article, girls will be able to answer their questions about choosing hiking shoes. If you are thinking about buying shoes in the near future, whether you want to buy rain shoes or hiking shoes, we recommend that girls go to the stores directly to try them on, so that you can pick the shoes that are good to wear and that fit you best!