3 Ways to Keep Your Feet Happy this Year
Posted by abredl at Jan 25, 2018 10:30 AM | Permalink
Filed under: Hike Planning, Trail Smarts
Don't let yourself get cold feet this winter. Instead enjoy these helpful tips and tricks to keep your feet dancing down the trail.
Winter is here, and the snow covered trails are calling, but nothing kills a good time faster than cold toes. If a little rain or snow doesn’t scare you away from getting outside this winter, then welcome, you’ve come to the right place. Here are three ways to keep your feet happy this winter.
Keep 'Em Warm
- Wool socks: Your mom wasn’t wrong about this one. Wool socks are a necessity when facing the winter elements. Their ability to regulate temperature and absorb water ensures your feet stay warmer longer. Having the right socks makes your time on trail more enjoyable.
- Toe warmers: Toe warmers are an inexpensive way to keep your feet warm for the day. You can find them at your local outdoors store, and many other stores. Little Hotties is an easy-to-find brand.
- Insulated boots: Not as easy on the wallet, but if you get a solid pair of boots, they can last for years.
Keep 'Em Dry
- Extra socks: It's always a good idea to carry extra socks. Having a pair will come in handy if you have to cross a stream. They can also help prevent blistering. Wet feet are more likely to get a blister.
- Waterproof boots: Get yourself some waterproof hiking shoes or you're doomed to suffer wet feet.
- Waterproof boot protectant: Keep your boots in good condition by regularly applying a waterproof protection layer.
- Gaiters: Another fairly inexpensive way to keep dirt, water and snow out of your boots.
- Snowshoes: Snowshoes give you the ability to stay dry above deep snow. If you don’t have your own, renting is an affordable option.
Keep 'Em Moving
- Buy shoes that fit: Feet aren’t happy in boots that are too small. Give your feet some breathing room. It's also a good idea to break in your boots before taking them out for a long trip.
- Don’t be stagnant: Whether your activity of choice is on the trails or on the slopes this winter, get outside and get moving. There is no better way to lift your temperature or spirits than good-ol’-fashion exercise.