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Waterproof trekking boots: The best models and what to look out for!

waterproof trekking boots


1. introduction

2. the best trekking shoe

3. advantages disadvantages

4. trekking shoes or boots

5. buying advice

6. breaking in trekking shoes properly

7. shoe care

8. conclusion

Long trekking tour, then please waterproof!

Most shoes are designed to meet the demands of the challenging environments of hiking and trekking tours. If the hiking shoes are waterproof or water-resistant, the feet can stay dry for hours in light rain and mud. In heavier rain and when crossing waterholes, the more expensive trekking shoes made of special materials are particularly robust. With them, wearing comfort is maintained despite soaking. Even when trekking on nice days, the shoes should be suitable for terrain such as grass, mud, mud, sand, rocks or scree.

Most trekking shoes are made of GORE-TEX or other durable materials or synthetic fabrics that are extremely resistant to the harsh conditions on trekking tours.
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The best waterproof trekking boots

Brief overview: What trekking shoes should do!

  • Good traction on all surfaces

  • Firm fit of the feet even on descents over scree

  • Comfortable to wear

  • Waterproof or water-resistant outer material

  • Low weight

  • Durability

Here you will find the top waterproof hiking and trekking boots:

These shoes are suitable for any trekking adventure of any kind. Whether on flat trails or off the beaten track, these waterproof trekking shoes promise a secure grip on grass, mud, slush, sand, rocks or scree and impress with top durability. Only the weight is a problem with all of them! However, you will certainly quickly get used to heavier shoes. In my opinion, the advantages of these shoes clearly outweigh the disadvantages.

Here you will find the middle class among waterproof hiking and trekking boots:

These shoes are also suitable for any trekking adventure. Whether on flat trails or off-trail, these waterproof trekking shoes promise a secure grip on grass, mud, slush, sand, rocks or scree and convince with top durability. Here, too, weight is an issue with almost all of them! My favorite is the Salewa Ms Alp Trainer Mid GTX Trekking-& hiking boots

Here you will find hiking and trekking shoes that are cheap but still halfway acceptable:

I've tried a few cheap trekking shoes and I have to say that, in my opinion, they are not suitable for every trekking adventure. Either they weren't always waterproof, I sweated too much or they wore out quickly. However, the low weight is an advantage for the cheap ones! My favorite is the CMP Moon MID trekking boots

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Advantages and disadvantages

Here are some reasons why waterproof trekking shoes are beneficial.

Firstly, waterproof trekking shoes offer you protection from wetness and humidity. One of the biggest challenges of trekking is dealing with wet and muddy conditions. Getting your feet wet can cause friction and blistering, which is ultimately uncomfortable and painful for you. Good waterproof trekking shoes will keep your feet dry, comfortable and help you avoid blistering and other injuries.

Secondly, waterproof trekking shoes are sturdy and durable. Most shoes are made of durable materials such as leather or synthetic fabrics that are extremely resistant to the harsh conditions of trekking. Good waterproof shoes are usually equipped with a special membrane that keeps moisture out but is still breathable. This technology ensures that the shoes last a long time and provide you with the protection you need.

Thirdly, you can use waterproof trekking shoes in many ways. You can use them not only for trekking, but also for other outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, mountaineering or snowshoeing. Moreover, they are also suitable for everyday use, as they are durable and comfortable.

However, there are some disadvantages of waterproof trekking shoes that you should be aware of. For example, they are usually heavier and stiffer than normal shoes. This can affect your mobility and make it difficult to walk on flat terrain, such as asphalt. They are also unfortunately much more expensive than normal hiking or trekking shoes.

However, the advantages of waterproof trekking shoes clearly outweigh the disadvantages, which is why you should invest wisely here.

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Trekking shoes or boots

Trekking shoes and trekking boots are both shoes designed specifically for trekking. Trekking boots are usually higher cut than trekking shoes and extend above the ankle to give you extra stability and support. This is particularly important on difficult and uneven terrain as it reduces the risk of sprains or injuries. Trekking boots also often have a sturdy sole, which gives you more grip on difficult terrain. Therefore, trekking boots are also great for a trekking adventure through sand or mud. You can also use them without any problems for hikes in the snow, e.g. with snowshoes.

Trekking shoes, on the other hand, are usually lower cut and offer less ankle support than trekking boots. However, they are lighter and more flexible. This gives you greater freedom of movement. They are therefore ideal for fast and easy hikes or trekking tours where speed and agility are more important. They also work well on asphalt or gravel roads and are much more comfortable than trekking boots.

Another difference between trekking shoes and trekking boots is their construction and the materials used. Trekking boots are usually made of robust leather or synthetic materials, while trekking shoes are often made of lighter and more breathable materials. However, both types of footwear can be waterproof and have a GORE-TEX membrane or similar technology to protect your feet from the wet.

So which footwear is best for you depends on the type of trek and your personal preferences. For long and difficult treks, where stability and protection are important, I think trekking boots are the better choice. For faster and easier tours, where speed and agility are more important and there is a lot of asphalt or dirt roads, I think trekking shoes are a good option.

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Buying advice

So what makes the difference in price? In short, not only the brand, but also the workmanship and the materials used.

I also started out with inexpensive trekking shoes, but switched to expensive first-class trekking boots right after my first big tour. I can therefore only unreservedly recommend mid-range and high-end trekking boots. In general, I always wear trekking boots. So also for day hikes.

To help you make the right purchase decision, I have listed the most important aspects that you should consider when deciding which waterproof trekking boots to buy:

Waterproofness: The most important factor when choosing waterproof trekking shoes is, of course, waterproofness. Look for shoes that have waterproof membranes such as GORE-TEX to ensure your feet stay dry in the rain or drenched terrain.

Fit: Another important factor is fit. Trekking shoes should fit well to minimise the risk of blisters and injuries. I advise you to try them on before you buy them so that they fit your feet well and don't slip.

Stability: Stability is an important aspect for safety on demanding tours. Look for shoes with good ankle support to minimise injuries.

Traction: Trekking shoes should offer good traction on different terrains so that you can avoid slipping. Look for shoes with a sturdy sole and a deep tread for better grip.

Breathability: Even though waterproof shoes are designed for wet terrain, it is important that your feet can breathe. It helps reduce moisture and heat. So look for shoes with breathable materials to minimise sweating.

Weight: For me, weight is not important. However, if you plan to run the Pacific test trail, with its 3000km, I advise you to pay attention to weight. You can minimise signs of fatigue.

Durability: Trekking shoes are a good investment and should therefore be durable. Look for high-quality materials with reinforced stitching and soles so that they can withstand the rigours of your adventure.

By considering these factors, you can ensure that you choose waterproof trekking shoes that are suitable for your needs and will provide you with protection and comfort during your trekking or hiking adventure.

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Break in trekking shoes properly

It is important to break in your trekking shoes properly before a long hike or trekking adventure. You can avoid blisters and injuries and get the best results from your shoes. Below I have listed some general tips on how to break in your trekking shoes properly:

Wear your shoes indoors first: This will allow you to get used to the fit and feel of the new shoes without putting too much pressure on them.

Then start taking shorter walks: This will allow you to slowly get used to wearing the new shoes. Do this every day and a little at a time.

Wear the right walking socks: These will protect your feet from blisters and help you gradually get used to your new shoes. Choose breathable, seamless socks made of synthetic material or merino wool that can wick moisture away from your feet.

Use special insoles: They can help you improve comfort. Therefore, choose an insole that is suitable for your foot shape and footwear. You can get a better fit and cushioning. I even have medical insoles from a podiatrist that also stabilise my back: Cost approx. 300 euros. I can recommend the insoles from Footactive:

Repeat the steps: Repeat these steps and wear the shoes regularly so that your feet and your shoes get used to each other.

Note: I also occasionally wet the shoes before wearing them. However, I cannot answer with certainty whether it actually helps. However, it helps me to get used to the new shoe. I then have more of a feeling of sweat in the shoe, which is there when you are hiking, but is constantly being wicked away.

By following these steps to break in your new trekking shoes, you can ensure that your shoes are comfortable, functional and supportive on your next trek.

The best way to break in new trekking shoes is to wear them in everyday life immediately after purchase.

The right hiking socks

Proper Hiking socks are an important part of your equipment for hiking and trekking tours. They offer you more comfort, protection and stability than normal socks and are specially designed for the demands of hiking.

One of the most important functions of hiking socks is that they wick away moisture and keep the foot dry. This is especially important as damp socks can cause blistering and friction, which can cause you pain and discomfort. Hiking socks are often made of special materials such as merino wool or synthetic fibres that dry quickly and wick away moisture. In addition, hiking socks also provide extra padding and support to your foot, especially in high-wear areas such as the heel, toes and sole. The padding helps to protect your foot from shock and impact, while the support helps to support the arch and improve stability. It's important to choose the right fit for your hiking socks. It's best to wear them snugly to avoid blisters and friction. Most hiking socks are available in different sizes and fits.

I highly recommend the inexpensive hiking socks.

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Shoe care

Shoe care of trekking shoes is important to maintain the life and function of the shoe. First of all, you should always follow the shoe manufacturer's instructions for use. Otherwise, here are some general tips for the correct care of trekking shoes:

Cleaning: After each hike, you should clean the shoes thoroughly and remove coarse dirt and debris. Use a soft brush or cloth.

Drying: After cleaning, leave the shoes to dry in a well-ventilated place. Avoid exposing the shoes to direct sunlight. Heat sources such as an oven or dryer are also not recommended as they can damage the material.

Waterproofing: After the shoes have been cleaned and dried, you should treat them with a water-repellent impregnation. Use a waterproofing agent that is specially suited to the material of your shoe. This is the best way to maintain waterproofness. (Follow the manufacturer's instructions)

Storage: When you are not using your shoes, store them in a dry place to avoid mould or odours. Also avoid storing your shoes in plastic bags or confined spaces as this can affect the breathability of the shoes.

Sole care: Regularly check the soles of your shoes for wear and tears. Replace shoes when they become worn to ensure optimal traction.

By following these shoe care tips, you can ensure that your trekking shoes stay in good condition and provide you with protection and comfort during your adventures.

Trekking shoes of different materials and manufacturers require different care.

Impregnation of waterproof shoes made of GORE-TEX

GORE-TEX hiking boots are already waterproof at the factory. You don't usually need to treat them to make them more waterproof. Always follow the shoe manufacturer's instructions for use. The package inserts usually contain specific care instructions for the respective models.

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Overall, waterproof trekking shoes offer many advantages for hiking and trekking enthusiasts. They offer you protection from wetness and humidity, are robust and durable and versatile. Although they are slightly more expensive and heavier than regular shoes, the benefits are usually greater and make them a good investment.

As always, I would love to hear your feedback through any of my channels.

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Hello, I am Christian, the chief globetrotter of this Site and an enthusiastic adventurer, hiker and filmmaker. I love to explore new paths and inspire people with them, and I love to share my hiking knowledge with you! You can also find my videos on YouTube! On my blog you can find tips for beginners and professionals on the greatest and most beautiful hiking tours there are. I want to encourage people to explore the world as a hiker, whether in the countryside, through the forest or in the mountains. True to the motto: If you haven't hiked, you haven't seen the world,

On my blog, I also write about hiking gear, the right summit training and nature conservation, as well as tips and information about hiking.

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