5. Find comfortable boots
Back in the day, you had to break in leather boots for weeks, so when you finally hit the trail, a blister didn’t pop up within the first few miles. Today’s lightweight boots fit and feel great right out of the box, no break-in required. Try the Ultra Flex Mid GTX boots by Salewa ($189.95, backcountry.com). For those just starting out, make sure you get at least a mid-height boot to ward off any sprains over rocky ground. Make sure they have a breathable, waterproof liner like Gore-Tex, too. Mid-weight boots like Lowa’s Renegade GTX Mid boots ($230, lowaboots.com) are also great for beginners, as they offer more support than the fast and light brands, but are still nice for long treks.
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