Hiking, regardless of season or terrain, stresses your most important asset, your feet. Most hikers will consider the best boots to support their ankles and provide traction in snow or gravel. Many hikers fail to consider the importance of keeping their feet and legs protected above the sole. The best way to keep your feet and legs safe is to keep them warm and dry.
Whether you are an ultralight day hiker or a long-distance backpacker keeping your feet dry is crucial to enjoying your adventure. There are two ways to keep your feet dry when hiking; the first is gear for inside the boot, and the other is outside the boot. Both options are carried by Pike Trail, designed with adventurers in mind to keep them on the trail as long as possible.
From a summer mud puddle to a stream you thought was frozen, there are times when your feet take a dunk. Most boots are not 100% waterproof, and even heavy rain can cause them to become waterlogged. Wet feet can create blisters and increase the risk of bacterial growth. Wet feet in winter can contribute to hypothermia and even frostbite. Having waterproof socks is always a good idea. Pike Trail’s Waterproof Breathable Socks are not only 100% waterproof but breathable. While this sounds impossible, the three-layer construction of the socks allows the water vapor from sweat to pass outwards from your foot while not allowing water back through the sock. The layers keep your feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer by wicking moisture away. Before putting your hiking boots on, wear a pair of waterproof socks.
Waterproof gaiters make excellent sense when you expect water, snow, and mud on your hike. Just like waterproof socks, keeping your feet dry is critical, especially when extra clothing is limited in ultralight hiking. The Pike Trail Hiking Gaiter is not only 100% waterproof but lightweight and adjustable for nearly any size hiker. The hiking gaiters are constructed using 900D ripstop nylon that not only keeps water out but serves as great protection from thorns, burrs, or sticks. Whatever wet weather or aggressive vegetation you hike through, the hiking gaiters will be there to protect you.
Waterproof gaiters aren't the only way to protect your feet when hiking. A snake-proof gaiter is needed for many hikers, especially those who go off the beaten path like fishermen, bird watchers, and hunters. Traditional snake gaiters are designed for short walks and are often heavy and awkward.. The Snake Gaiters Leg Guards are a featherweight option engineered to stand up to any snake on the trail. At just 19oz, these snake-proof gaiters won't slow you down if you are hiking one mile or ten miles.
Having the gear you need for a successful hike requires planning, but keeping your feet safe is a no-brainer. Investing in several pairs of waterproof breathable socks is the base for any adventure. Keeping your feet dry with leg gaiters will also keep them burdock and thorn free as you hike across snowy or wet conditions. Should you explore areas where snakes live, the lightweight snake-proof gaiters are a weight off your mind that you and your loved ones will be safe from whatever reptiles you may encounter. Each Pike Trail item has been tested and retested, so you can be sure it's the right product for you. From hiking gaiters to sleeping bag liners, Pike Trail is there with the gear you need for a fun and safe hike.