Gear Guides - Footwear Features
A boot's front to back flexibility determines the ease with which the boot bends with the foot during each step. It is certainly true that a softer boot allows a more natural walking action, though stiffer models often introduce some curvature to the sole to compensate for the rigidity. The need for good lateral stiffness is greater on rough terrain (or when traversing a slope). A laterally stiff boot allows the foot to remain flat, leaving the ankle aligned correctly beneath the leg, so giving better support and reducing the stress on joints.
Overall, boots for hill walking and trekking should flex fairly easily toe to heel but remain stiff from side to side.
Waterproof & Breathable Linings
To make boots more water resistant or waterproof they may be lined with a waterproof/breathable membrane such as eVENT or Gore-Tex. The membrane lining is like a sock or bootie and is seam-sealed, positioned between the outer and an inner lining in order to protect it from scuffing and abrasion damage.
The midsole is sandwiched between the outer sole and its junction with the uppers.
The midsole supports and cushions the foot, offering some rebound quality
The midsole thickness varies along its length to define differing flex characteristics.
Stiffer or rigid midsoles are used in mountaineering boots, more flexible midsoles in walking and multi-terrain models. Some stiffer models will also include a separate metal or carbon fibre shank, giving the boot sufficient rigidity for use with step-in crampons. Some footbed systems (e.g. Comform'able) will also position and hold the foot more accurately within the boot, maximising comfort and minimising fatigue.
An effective tread is essential for safe, secure travel. Most serious slips occur when traversing or descending. As well as a deep tread, two features that improve downhill security are the heel breast (the step across the arch) and the rear heel block.
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