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How To Find The Perfect Hiking Boots For Your Active Lifestyle

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How can you ensure each hiking session is a successful one? With hiking one of the most popular recreational and physical activities in the United States, this is a question that sees quite a wealth of different answers. One hiker might emphasize the need to stretch thoroughly before hitting the open trail, while another hiker may find sunscreen the number one element toward a successful walk. Whatever your personal regimen is, there’s one factor that unites all hikers together — a pair of high-quality trail walking boots.

How Expensive Are Trail Walking Shoes?

A common concern among many is that of pricing. We all want to save money, after all, and casual hiking boots are often more expensive than their more mundane counterparts. The average retail price of walking shoes back in 2014 was around $50, though this number can fluctuate depending on your personal brand preference and just how high quality you want to go. The same year saw consumers spending more than $1 billion on camping equipment, with a significant portion of this expenditure veering toward bags, backpacks and shoes.

How Common Are Hiking Boots?

Worried about your options? It’s time to put those fears to rest. America is a hiking culture and all that entails is easily reflected in the clothing departments of countless outlets, malls and specialty stores. It’s estimated over 20 billion pairs of shoes are produced every single year — however, nearly 300 million are thrown away at around the same time. Whether or not you find yourself throwing out your pair of shoes depends heavily on the quality you buy and how well you take care of them throughout the week.

How Do Shoes Affect Your Health?

Did you know a good pair of shoes can actually bolster your physical health? Likewise, a worn out pair of trail walking shoes can actually worsen your overall physical state and contribute to frustrating, short-term problems. Carrying an amount of weight on your feet takes anywhere from four to six times more energy than carrying the same weight on your back — this means you should find lightweight shoes that support you rather than drag you down. Factor in how much time you spend hiking every week and you’ll have a better idea what to expect from your unique pair.

How Often Should I Hike?

Hiking is a fantastic way of enjoying the great outdoors and getting physically fit all at once. Only 20% of American adults meet the standard public health recommendations for physical activity through walking or jogging, that of which is suggested five times per week for at least 20 to 30 minutes. The number of calories required for hikers to maintain their body weight during a typical backpacking day is around 5,500, to boot, so keep this in mind if you’re interested in shedding a few pounds while you’re at it.

How Do I Find The Right Shoes?

Hiking boots for men, hiking sandals and waterproof hiking boots for women all have one major feature in common — they should be comfortable, lightweight and snugly fit. Allow 1/2 inch (or the width of your index finger) between the end of your longest toe and the very end of the shoe for maximum comfort. It’s also recommended by the American Academy Of Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation that you replace your shoes every 350 to 400 miles. In other words, every six to seven months to keep you at your physical best. With a pair of good trail walking shoes on your side, there’s nowhere you can’t go.

30 Jan 2017

Finding the Toughest Boots for the Toughest Jobs

Hobnail boots

Work and tactical boots have many things in common. First, they must be tough and comfortable at the same time. Protective and lightweight. Waterproof, breathable and skid resistant. Versatile enough to take on all kinds of difficult conditions and to help the wearer breeze past them. And finally, good quality boots can help to prevent accidents and injuries.

Tough boots for tough jobs
Comfortable work boots are essential for people who work in difficult and dangerous jobs. They are necessary to getting the job done. Construction workers walk three times more each day than the average person, taking about 30,000 steps a day. A active job that keeps a person moving all day mean that the feet will perspire, producing as much as 200 ml of moisture in a day.
Then there are slippery and uneven floors, heavy loads to move, and machinery with moving parts. All of which means that having the right footwear can be crucial to workplace safety. This is why at the present time, the industrial market for safety shoes and boots, rubber or plastic boots, and foot and leg guards in the U.S. is around $1 billion.

Work boots prevent injuries
Steel toe boots are a requirement in many workplaces, and for a good reason. In workplaces with slippery floors and heavy loads being moved in close proximity with workers, the chances of an accident or injury are legion. Slips and falls are the most common types of workplace injuries, and can cause serious damage.
High traction work boots help to prevent serious injury, and studies have shown that among workers who sustained foot injuries, only 23% were wearing the requisite safety shoes or boots. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has developed standards for workplace safety. In particular ASTM F2413-11 lists details about the measurement of the safety performance of work boots.

Consequences of work place Injuries
The United States Department of Labor reports that in 2012, there were 666 fatal injuries due to falls, slips and trips. This is about 15% of the total number of fatal workplace injuries.
Even when injuries are non-fatal, they lead to the loss of seven days of work on average for each injury, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
It is to prevent injuries like these that OSHA requires all employers to conduct a hazard assessment. According to 29 CFR 1910.132(d), the hazard assessment is used to identify risks in the workplace, which includes foot injury hazards.

Finding good heavy duty work boots
As for all footwear, the fit matters when it comes to work and tactical boots. A proper fit leaves room for toes. There should be about 12.5mm of space between the toes and the front of the boot. Boots can be made of composite or steel materials but they must have a protective toe cap that is permanently fixed inside the boot.

Well designed work and tactical boots are a prerequisite for people working in some of the toughest conditions. They provide comfort and safety to allow the workers to get the job done.

25 Jan 2017