How to Break in Hiking Boots || REI

hey my name is live the number one question that I tend to get asked in store is how do I break in my hiking boots and about how long is that going to take it’s a really good question the answer is that it varies it depends on if you’ve got some lighter hikers that are just you know probably gonna feel really good right out of the box so some more rugged mountaineering boots that are gonna take a little bit of time and anything in between so first off I just want to let you know what not to do don’t resort to any kind of quick fixes don’t worry about soaking them in water going on really Lian long hikes or walks right right out of the box avoid that focus on this next series of steps here so what we’re gonna do is talk about the three things that you should do the process of going about breaking in your boots first off take your brand new boots take them home throw in whatever insoles and socks that you might have purchased and wear those around the house just as you’re walking around doing your normal daily thing after that go check the mail go run some errands around town give your boots some time on pavement to actually see how they feel in a stiffer environment after that what you’re gonna go ahead and do is what you’ve been waiting to do and you’re gonna hit the trail so throughout each of these steps I want you guys to be vigilant and kind of keep in mind any kind of pinches or problems that you might happen to be incurring if you happen to notice any kind of pinching going on in the toe box or any kind of hot spots around the ankles go ahead and maybe check out our links for lacing techniques so you can relay these and try to alleviate some of those small problems before they become big ones now once you’re out on the trail make sure you’ve got your day pack your ten essentials soft insoles and of course your boots here start off nice and slow go for an easy hike keep it steady you just want to give your boots some time to know what it feels like amongst rocks roots and all of that rugged environment that they’ll encounter on the trail so once you’ve got that period down kind of keep in mind what you’re going to be doing in the long term what’s your goal for the boots that you bought if you’re gonna go ahead and do a couple day climb on top of a mountain you’re gonna be carrying fifty pounds on your back you want to make sure that you’re gradually leaning into that distance that kind been finding that weight that you’re gonna be carrying there don’t carry 50 pounds right off your back right away for 4,000 feet of game just take it easy slowly and gradually increase the weight that you’ve gotten your back and the distance that you’re going that’ll be the most generous on your boots as well as on your feet and yourself if it turns out that the lacing techniques that we recommend it aren’t going to be the fix for the boots maybe it’s time to head back into the local area oh you got the boots at consult a fitness Footwear specialist and make sure that maybe the the boot stretcher that we’ve got in store might be able to help kind of buff out some of those problems and alleviate them if not chances are we couldn’t need to just start from scratch and get you a new pair of boots there if you guys are interested in learning some more about hiking boots or perhaps trail runners and seeing how they compare to hiking boots we’ve got a video that can kind of give you the differences there and help you decide which might be best for you and if you go ahead and head down in the description we’ve got the links for the placing techniques and any other kind of based information you guys might need to have have a good one

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