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I travel with a pair of hiking boots. Many people decide not to. The choice on traveling with boots should be based on what kind of adventures you plan on getting yourself into.
Simple day hikes can easily be done in a pair of sneakers – they are comfortable & lightweight. But if you plan on doing a lot of serious hiking & multi-day trekking while you travel, I believe a pair of strong, comfortable, and lightweight boots is essential.
They provide greater support and protection while stumbling over volcanic boulder fields, sloshing through jungle mud, and maneuvering your way across a river.
I’m actually a big fan of the barefoot running movement, and travel with a pair of Luna Sandals. But trying to attempt a barefoot 4 day snake-infested jungle trek with 40 lb. of food, water, and camera gear on my back is not a realistic option for me at this point.
Because I frequently do these kinds of trips, I need rugged footwear with good ankle support.
Strong, Comfortable, Lightweight
I’ve owned many pairs of hiking boots over the years. The Zamberlan Ridge Mid GTX hiking boots are definitely the most comfortable boots I’ve ever used.
The first time I tried on a pair of Zamberlans, I was hooked!
I’ve never used a more comfortable pair of boots right out of the box. These things require almost zero break-in time. They are made in Italy, a country with a well deserved reputation for quality footwear going back hundreds of years.
Zamberlans are waterproof and moisture wicking with a thin lining of Goretex. But even with the lining, the model I use is surprisingly comfortable to wear in the summer heat.
These Boots Are Made For Walking
My hiking boots are about a year old, and still going strong. They’ve powered me up ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico, climbed onto exploding volcanoes in Guatemala, survived wild drug plane expeditions in the Honduran jungle, sloshed through muddy salt marshes in Nicaragua, and have withstood multiple river crossings deep inside the Costa Rican rainforest.
I’ve NEVER had a blister using these boots, and I’ve put a lot of hard miles on them.
By the looks of things, I think they’ll last me at least another year with the prolonged travel torture I put them through.
The only modifications I’ve made to them is to replace the laces with 550 parachute cord and replace the stock insoles with Premium Superfeet Greens (also highly recommended). They’re practically as comfortable as a pair of sneakers now!
While sneakers may be fine for some people, I know I can count on my trusty pair of boots to safely take me into some pretty remote locations on my travels. They work great on sidewalks too.
Cost: $112 USD
Useful Notes: These are the most comfortable boots out of the box I’ve ever used, and I’ve used a lot of hiking boots. Until I find something better, these will always be on my feet.
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