Gear Closet: Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro – 2018 Edition.

A couple of years back I took a look at a product from Hillsound called the Trail Crampon Pro and found it to be an excellent add on to our hiking boots and shoes for use on icy and snowy trails. True to its name, the Trail Crampon acted much like traditional mountaineering crampons, attaching to your boot in a quick and efficient manner. But, since that time the company has updates its design, making it a lot more convenient and easy to use than the previous generation.

Unlike the previous generation, the updated model of the Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro uses a ratchet and buckle system to securely attach the spikes to your shoes. Previously hikers had to adjust the sizing of the crampon using a tool, which required setting it up ahead of time and made it challenging to adjust in the field. This latest iteration is about as simple as it gets however, and having used both models extensively, I haven’t noticed any change in performance whatsoever. Essentially, this product now offers the same level of grip as a mountaineering crampon, with the ease of something that is far less technical.

Designed for low and medium grade ascents – as opposed to ice climbing or truly taxing alpine pursuits – the Trail Crampon Pro features ten individual 1 inch spikes, with six found on the front and four at the rear. This allows hikers to not only get a solid grip on the ascents, but make descents with more control as well. I’ve used them over snow, ice, and slush on trails and over rocks, and have found them to be an excellent option for use in the backcountry during high impact winter pursuits.

The latest version of the Trail Crampon seems more comfortable on my foot as well, although I can’t tell if that is due to any change in design on Hillsound’s part or if it is the result of using them with different pairs of boots. Either way, they aren’t overly constraining or restrictive, even when ratchet on tightly, making it a breeze to wear them for long hikes and alpine approaches. And when you no longer need them, they slip right off and can be stashed inside or hung from a lashing point on your backpack until you need them again.

It is important to point out that these crampons tip the scales at 23.5 ounces (667 gram) per pair. That isn’t especially heavy, but its not the lightest we’ve seen either. But, the good news is that I feel that Hillsound has found an excellent middle ground in terms of weight, durability, and convenience, making these a good all around option for those who need a bit of extra traction on slick surfaces.

The Trail Crampon Pro is also fairly budget friendly, carrying a price tag of just $79. That makes them less expensive than most technical crampons that you’ll find, but also more expensive than some of the less technical options from competitors. Indeed, I feel like this product has found an excellent middle ground that offers a more durable and stable product for those who need it, without forcing them to purchase higher price crampons that exceed their needs. Chances are, they’ll like what they find in Trail Crampon Pro, and love the price and convenience that they bring.

Autor : Kraig Becker

* source: –  Gear Closet: Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro – 2018 Edition

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– Trekking – posts on my site :

Trekking in Nepal Himalaya : GOKYO, KALA PATTAR and EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK (19 days).

Everest Base Camp – CLASSIC treks. / Version polish and english /

Trekking in Nepal Himalaya : EVEREST HIGH VALLEY – Travel Guide. /Version english/

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Gear Closet: Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Boots Review.

In need of a new pair of technical hiking boots for your upcoming adventures? If so, you’ll want to add the new Mountain Trainer Mid GTX from Salewa to your list of potential options. This lightweight, yet sturdy and durable, boot offers excellent performance on a variety of terrains, and will keep your feet comfortable and dry no matter where the trail takes you.

Boasting a traditional suede upper, paired with a Gore-Tex lining, and a Vibram outsole, the Mountain Trainer has been built for alpine pursuits. The boot is perfect for scrambling over ice and snow, mud, rocks, and other surfaces you’re bound to run into on your treks, offering good stability and support in both dry and wet conditions.

Perhaps the most impressive element of the Mountain Trainer is their impressive fit. When I initially took them out of the box, my first reaction was that the boots felt a bit stiff, but after wearing them around the house for awhile, they loosened up nicely and were soon broken in for the trail. But, Salewa has taken great care to ensure that these boots are incredibly comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, and to that end the insoles not only offer great cushioning, but they actually mold themselves to fit the specific contours of your feet as you were them longer. The result is a shoe that gets increasingly comfortable as you hike. The lacing system even allows the wearer to dial in an even better fit, selecting the tension as needed.

The “Mid” version of the Mountain Trainer offers terrific ankle support as well, although if you prefer a low cut, Salewa does offer that version of the shoe too. Personally, I prefer having a bit of extra protection for my ankles when hiking more difficult and rocky trails, but the added support does come at the expense of extra weight. These boots tip the scales at 1.4 pounds, which means that they fall squarely into the average weight category. But when you consider the traction, comfort, and protection they provide, it feels like the Mountain Trainers actually perform above their weight class.

I’ve put these boots to the test in several different parts of the country this spring – including Idaho and California – and have found them to be an excellent boot in a variety of different conditions. On each hike, not only did my feet stay very comfortable, they also didn’t overheat when things started to get more active. That said, they may not be the best option for warm-weather adventures, but you don’t often run into those types of conditions at altitude, even during the summer. The Gore-Tex lining on the Mountain Trainer does a reasonably good job of remaining breathable while also keeping moisture out, but its very existence makes this a boot that is bested used in cooler temps for sure.

So far, durability has been quite good on the Mountain Trainers. I’ve seen one or two reviews online that have indicated that that wasn’t the case over the long haul, but I can honestly say that my pair of boots look none the worse for wear, even after putting them through their paces on mud, snow, and rocks. In fact, I’d be hard pressed to find a scuff mark or blemish on them anywhere at this point, which generally leads me to believe that they should hold up fine over the course of time.

The Mountain Trainer Mid GTX is a serious boot for serious hikers and peak baggers. It was built to go places where the average trekker probably won’t wander, and provide solid performance and protection along the way. As such, it carries a price tag of $249.95, which is on the pricer end of the scale for hiking boots. But those who push themselves to the limit on the trail will appreciate everything that this boot brings to the table, which easily separates itself from lesser boots that are designed for light hiking and a day in town, rather than alpine pursuits in remote backcountry. If you don’t need that kind of performance, you may be better served looking elsewhere. But if you’re an outdoor athlete who likes to explore far off the beaten path, this is a great boot for you. You won’t be disappointed in what you find here, as the Mountain Trainer is an amazing blend of comfort, security, and stability that isn’t found in just any piece of footwear.

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Autor : Kraig Becker

* source: – Gear Closet: Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Boots Review

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Womens Mountaineering Boots – Hiking Lady tip.

Mountaineering Boots

For those of you hikers who are like me, and enjoy hiking, backpacking, and climbing in the mountains, you are a “mountaineer” or an “alpinist”. Lowa Mountain Expert GTXWhile your hiking boots or backpacking boots may be sufficient for the length and difficultly of your trips, if you are in need of a good alpine climbing boot, you will want to invest in Mountaineering Boots.

Womens Mountaineering Boot Features:

As with your selection of hiking and backpacking boots, fit is the most important factor. To make sure the boots will withstand the challenging terrain you put them through, you’ll need to look for several important features when searching for womens mountaineering boots:

  • Very stiff shank. The sole should provide very stiff and rigid support, which will enable your feet to have better contact with footholds. Believe me, it may be more uncomfortable to wear such stiff boots, but you’ll be happy when you’re climbing up exposed rocky faces, traversing across a glacier, or kick stepping up a steep, snowy slope.
  • Crampon compatible. Why bother to own mountaineering boots if you can’t strap on a pair of crampons and wear them on winter hikes?
  • Durable material. As discussed in my list of terms you should know when buying backpacking boots, make sure that your mountaineering boots are full grain leather, nubuck, or synthetic materials.
  • Weight. Mountaineering boots tend to be quite heavy. If you are an iceclimber, there are slimmed down versions of mountaineering boots that can be used for ice climbing.
  • Insulation. One of the main benefits of mountaineering boots compared to backpacking or hiking boots is their warmth. Most mountaineers end up hiking in cold conditions, often to mountain peaks that are permanently covered in snow. You’re feet with thank you if buy well-insulated mountaineering boots. Mine sure did on a snow trip where I was snowshoeing and backpacking in -5°F temperatures.
  • Made from a women’s specific “last”. A shoe or boot “last” is what manufacturers use to design shoes or boots. Multiple styles can be constructed from the same last. The problem is, in the past, mountaineering boot manufacturers thought that it would be ok to use the same last for men’s and womens mountaineering boots! Most womens mountaineering boots today are made from women specific lasts, so they have a narrower heels, smaller volume, and more support in the instep.
  • FIT, FIT, FIT! I have already mentioned this before, but just to make sure you realize how important this is, blisters and unhappy feet can easily lead to a miserable mountaineering trip.

If you are a little less hardcore of a hiker and don’t think you need a pair of mountaineering boots, consider how cold your feet can get in hiking or backpacking boots when you’re hiking in the winter or snowshoeing… I now use my mountaineering boots for almost every winter time hike or snowshoe outing, and my feet are nice and warm (and well supported!).

Hiking Lady Tip:

Get Your Mountaineering Boots Ready for Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing

If you ever snowshoe, backpack in the snow, or climb to mountain peaks that are covered in snow, you’ll want to treat the leather on your mountaineering boots to make sure that your feet stay nice and dry. All good mountaineering boots will have a Gore-Tex or other waterproof lining that will keep your feet dry, however, that doesn’t prevent the leather on your boots from getting saturated and weighing you down. I highly recommend using a waterproofing product like Tectron Sno-Seal on the outside of your boots, before you head to the snow. It may darken the leather a bit, but snow and water will bead up on the outside of the boot and keep it away from the Gore-Tex liner.

Womens Mountaineering Boots Shopping Tips:

  • Get ready for sticker shock! Mountaineering boots are highly engineered, technical products with lots of features. While they aren’t Jimmy Choo designer pumps, the price tags are similar! You do get a lot of bang for your buck because they will last for decades. Plus, your feet are worth it! Blisters, broken ankles, black toenails, and frostbite are worth avoiding at any cost. To get a deal, shop around online, but never sacrifice comfort to get a lower price. You’ll have these boots for years so invest wisely.
  • Keep searching! Apparently traditional retailers don’t think that many women want mountaineering boots. I have found them difficult to shop for, and when I bought my pair I ended up ordering them online.
  • Find out what brands will fit your feet. As with hiking and backpacking boots, and even water shoes, some brands run wide, some are narrow, some are true to size. I have found mountaineering boots to generally run narrow, so if you have a wide foot, definitely try on multiple styles and brands.
  • Try them on with your insoles, liner sock, and mountaineering socks. You’re not likely going to wear your thinnest pair of hiking socks with mountaineering boots, are you?
  • Walk with them up and down stairs. Just like my tips for hiking and backpacking boot shopping, make sure that your toes can wiggle and that your heel is securely in place when walking up and down stairs. To keep the boot retailer happy in the event they don’t fit well, I’d suggest you try walking around with them on stairs at home or work rather than on a rocky mountain!
  • Check out Hiking Lady’s 10 Tips for Mastering Hiking Boot Shopping!

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Women’s Hiking Boots – Hiking Lady tip.

Boots are the most important purchase you’ll make, because they will determine how happy your feet are on the trail. Are you tired of getting blisters even though your boots are broken in? There are solutions!

Women’s Hiking Boots

There are several different types of hiking and backpacking boots, and they vary based on your intended use. What is important in all purchases is to get the right fit.

* Trail running: For trail running, there are many options of low tops
* Day hikes:
* Backpacking:
* Snow travel:
* Mountaineering:

Hiking Socks and Liners:

A lot more info coming soon!

Hiking Lady tip:  If you ever backpack in cold conditions (when the temperate drops to 50°F or below at night – which will happen on most backpacking trips!), buy yourself a pair of down booties. Your feet will be thanking you!  Down booties are super lightweight slippers that are filled with goose down, so they are (i) light enough to carry in your pack that you won’t notice they’re there, (ii) can pack down to a really small volume because they are goose down, which compresses easily, and (iii) offer loads of warmth!

Since women’s feet and hands are always colder than men’s, your male friends may forget to tell you how important down booties are for backpacking.  When you have to make a bathroom stop in the middle of the night, you won’t have to struggle anymore to put on your socks and heavy hiking boots.  Just slip on the down booties and you’re ready!

You should be able to find a pair for about $20-30, or even less if you can buy them in the summer or when they’re on sale.

Here are some to choose from:

Sierra Designs Women’s Down Booties

Sierra Designs Women’s Down Booties (Fall 06) This style is a couple of years old but does it really matter for down booties? Great price!

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La Sportiva Batura Boots: Comfort and Performance.

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