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Home > Gear Guides > How do I maintain the waterproofing on my backpacking hiking boots?

How do I maintain the waterproofing on my backpacking hiking boots?

For the serious backpacker or mountaineer, the right pair of boots is even more important than it is for the more casual day hiker.

Here are some features to keep in mind when choosing mountaineering hiking boots or backpacking hiking boots:

  • Ankle support: Ankle support is one of the most important features of hiking boots, especially if you are doing an extended trip or challenging day hike. Shoes with stiff ankle support help keep your feet from twisting on uneven surfaces.
  • Water resistance: Most mountaineering hiking boots are made of full-grain or nubuck leather for maximum durability as well as dirt and water resistance. To maintain the water resistance of your backpacking hiking boots, be sure to condition them once a season.

The North Face Men’s Dhualagiri GTX Backpacking Boots are an example of an excellent choice for mountaineering hiking boots. Special features include a medial and lateral X-frame roll control stabilizer, Gore-Tex lining, and oiled suede upper.

Visit your local Sun & Ski Sports shop for expert advice and a wide selection of mountaineering boots.

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