Mountain routes or trekking routes are some of the most rewarding activities in the natural environment. The problem of the mountain is that you have to know how to choose the equipment well. Choosing the right sneakers for the mountain is vital, the feet are the most important body part. So today we are going to give you a review of three types of sneakers that are available for trekking, their characteristics and when to use them.
Soft footwear for easy mountain routes
When we are going to make a day route on easy terrain without many complications it is best to use a soft footwear, that is to say, a shoe whose sole does not present much opposition to the twist. The soft-soled mountain footwear closely resembles a running shoe sole, with the difference that the sole has more grip and is more technical.
Using a soft shoe for simple routes we avoid the discomfort of carrying excess weight on the feet and that more technical elements of a shoe like the hard protection will not serve us anything.
Another question is whether the route will have areas of mud or moisture or if at certain times there are areas of stones where we must have protected our ankles. In these cases we must choose, in addition to the soft sole, a goretex type material to protect us from the water and play with the height of the cane.
Semi-rigid footwear for complicated and technical routes
When the trekking route gets complicated and we are talking about stony areas, medium-high Mountains and greater protection for feet and ankles, the best is a semi-rigid footwear. This type of footwear helps support difficult areas such as rocks and prevents all foot strength, but part of the
Structure of the boot support
This footwear allows a certain degree of twisting but does not bend completely or easily, which will give much security to the ankle area and prevent continuous sprains. It is a heavier foot than the previous one and that is why it is necessary to have some physical form to take it, since to be a few hours kicking with these sneakers requires of an extra effort.
One thing to keep in mind with the semi-rigid shoes is that you have to try to have them “tamed” before using them for a long route. Being a rigid structure there will be more chafing and having the shoes previously tested and some threshed minimizes such damages.
Rigid footwear for extreme routes
With rigid footwear we are already talking about high mountain routes and very technical routes. Keep in mind that the sole of this footwear does not yield only to torsion or flex, so it is not easy task to walk with these shoes. It is similar to riding with ski boots, where movement is something of a robot.
The good thing about these shoes is that they are very safe and the foot goes totally subject. The normal thing is to use these boots when we have to go in snowy areas and also in areas where we must go on ice, since the rigid shoes are usually prepared for the use of champions.
The worst thing about rigid sneakers is that if you choose them for a route that is not appropriate you will have a bad time because they are very heavy sneakers that hardly allow the comfortable movement of the foot, so its use in normal trekking routes is discarded. Let’s say they are slippers for special situations and for people prepared.
In short, most of us will use rigid or semi-rigid sole shoes depending on the hardness of the route and the conditions. The rigid ones are already for very technical zones and prepared people, they are not to say to walk any day by the mountain. Choosing the right shoe is very important, imagine making a 3-4 day route with the wrong shoe … there is no one to put up with it, hence the insistence on trying on the shoes weeks or months before the route.