Walking Shoes and Zip off Trousers for the Great Outdoors

Walking shoes are an essential part of everyday use for hikers and ramblers and simply anyone that gets out there walking! Walking shoes are a lightweight and varied alternative to traditional walking boots. Technically speaking there is very little difference between walking shoes and walking boots; the main difference is pretty much the height of the heel.

Walking shoes are an integral part of everyday use for hikers and ramblers and simply anyone that gets out there walking! Walking shoes are a lightweight and practical alternative to traditional walking boots. Technically speaking there is very little difference between walking shoes and walking boots; the main difference is pretty much the height of the heel. Because of this, walking shoes don’t give as much ankle support so if you’re planning on going on long walks and hikes then a hiking boot would be advisible. However, on short walks, due to their lightweight composition walking shoes help to increase flexibility and movement.

Comfortable walking shoes

The soles of walking shoes vary hugely. A Phylon midsole aids cushioning, comfort and flexibility while walking or running. A rubber midsole is very hard and sturdy and will provide you with an incredibly durable piece of footwear, however it may not be the most comfortable when out walking and hiking for hours! A walking shoe with a rubber midsole is ideal for everyday use including walking the dog across commons and parks or even going about your day to day activities. A moulded foot bed is also popular as this will curve with the natural line of your foot giving you cushioning and comfort. Great walking shoes have a varied range of attributes to them including waterproofing, breathability, being lightweight and comfortable whilst being stylish too! Walking shoes should also offer great grip and shock absorbers making them ideal for varied terrain both in the countryside and about town in the city!

Walking shoes technicality

A Frame flex midsole provides 3 dimensional support, rigidity and flex throughout the natural cycle of movement whilst walking or running. This is an great feature for walking shoes and offers extra support and comfort. A Vibram upper sole provides strength and durability as well as additional support. Lacing is often a key factor with walking shoes; metal eyelets offer a way of quick lacing and tightening the walking shoes. Whether you are walking and hiking in the mountains or strolling through the park, a toe rand is an important element with the aim of protecting the material at the front of the shoe from debris such as mud and stones.

Zip Off Trousers

I’m a great fan of the zip off trousers and if you’re a keen walker, hiker or trekker and aren’t in the know with these fantastic garments then you need to get involved! Zip off trousers pretty much are what they claim to be – they’re a pair of trousers that you can literally zip off; usually around the knee area, to create a pair of shorts. Zip off trousers are fantastic for walking and hiking in the summer months and during milder weather as you can start your hike in trousers when it’s cooler and then simply zip off to shorts to remain comfortable and warm.

Due to the fact that zip off trousers are for walking, hiking and the like it makes sense that they are created out of lightweight fabrics, many of which make them fast drying. There are some good rip stop fabrics out there which are perfect for walking through thorn ridden areas and forests where your zip off trousers may be prone to nicks and tears from shrubs. Rip stop fabric will catch the tear and prevent it from spreading – something you don’t always consider when you’re hiking through densely forested areas.

Many zip off trousers are designed for either trek, terrain and travel – simply varying on the style and fit that you require and prefer. The difference between trek trousers, terrain trousers and travel trousers is defined through the various lightweight fabrics and quick drying materials used to make the zip off trousers.

Well designed zip off trousers usually offer lots of pockets for hiking and walking accessories. Pockets on zip off trousers usually include large cargo pockets – perfect for maps, small water bottles and other larger items. These cargo pockets tend to be above the knee so continue to provide the extra storage that these pockets provide if you choose to zip off and wear in the shorts style. Other pockets can often include back security zipped pockets and the standard hip pockets that most trousers offer.

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