Hiking Boots To Leather or Not Leather.

Author: JT   Date Posted:19 June 2015 

Choosing the correct style of hiking boots. Choosing the correct hiking boots is quite a task at the best of times,Brands, styles and price are always the main deciding factors in choosing the correct boot.

Choosing the correct hiking boots is quite a task at the best of times,Brands, styles and price are always the main deciding factors in choosing the correct boot.

Leather hiking boots

Leather hiking boots are an iconic style of boot/shoe and have been around in one form or another for hundreds of years.

Keeping with tradition the same style of manufacturing hasn’t really changed but the process has been refined and is much faster to meet the demand.

The main thing i would be looking for is a one piece leather hiking boot, this means that the leather will be joined and stitched at the heal to create only one seam. This means better performance of waterproofing and more durability and less places for problems with any stitching.

Pros

Warmer boot for a cold climate

Easier care and maintenance

Durability will double the life of synthetic hiking boot

Increased structure for hiking stability

Increased pricing

You will have the same boots for many years…

Cons

Heavier Boot

Increased price

You will have the same boots for many years…

Synthetic Hiking Boots

The synthetic hiking boots will be created from many pieces of materials or one piece of material normally a strong cordura or nylon.

They are manufactured in a similar way to a leather boot but able to make a far more closer fitted boot around the foot.

The seams and fabric on a synthetic hiking boot will always be of a concern when purchasing as this will create a different overall feel to the fitting of the hiking boot. The synthetic hiking boots will be a lot easier and much more comfortable when you first purchase the boots.

Pros

Fit

Feel

Comfort

Price

Cons

wear and tear, durability

visual

Popular Brands will be Scarpa

Scarpa manufactures cutting edge, innovative and high quality footwear for hiking, climbing, mountaineering and skiing. Established by Rupert Edward Cecil Lee Guiness, 2nd Earl of Iveagh in 1938 by bringing together leather craftsman from the Asolo region of Italy to form a single business entity to preserve the tradition and  craft he loved.. In 1942 Luigi Parisotto starts his apprenticeship with these craftsmen. In 1956 Luigi, Francesco and Antonio Parisotto take over the Scarpa business. Since then Scarpa has continued to grow due to the  fine craftsmanship, R & D, feedback from some of the world’s finest athletes, innovation and exacting standards to build the highest quality footwear. These products are now available all around the world and are trusted by outdoor enthusiasts everywhere.

Popular Scarpa models

SCARPA TERRA GTX MENS GORETEX WATERPROOF LEATHER

Scarpa Terra

Scarpa Terra

SCARPA KINESIS TECH GTX GORETEX WATERPROOF HIKING

8455657

SCARPA SL ACTIVE GORETEX WATERPROOF HIKING BOOTS

4612007

One Planet

One Planet design and manufacture a range of high quality packs, tents and sleeping bags for camping, trekking, bushwalking, ski touring, travelling and many other outdoor activities. They are based in Melbourne, Australia and have been manufacturing outdoor equipment for over 30 years. The company is owned by Andrew King  and is the culmination of mergers between Aiking equipment, Adventure Designs and One Planet. One Planet’s philosophy is “Make it good, make it work, make it last”. They are a relatively small company with everything from design to sales and much of their production taking place in their Melbourne factory giving them extremely good control over quality, customer service, product development and much more. They take care to reduce their impact on the environment by creating durable products that last, offering excellent repair services, and recycling. Their factory has been carbon neutral since 2005.

Popular One Planet Models

ONE PLANET – COBBLER WATERPROOF HIKING BOOT

OPCOBBLER


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