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What Makes For a Great Hiking Boot?

When you get out on the trail, the most important piece of gear you can pack will not go in your backpack; they will be on your feet. When optimized properly, both synthetic and leather hiking boots offer the protection and enhanced capability you need to take on almost any trail. While traditional running or casual shoes may do just fine on the flat, even terrains, you never know when a large hill, muddy lowland, or rocky surface will come up, leaving you ill-prepared or stranded and forced to turn around. When looking for hiking boots, there are a few things to consider for choosing the best option possible.