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1. Posted by Pinkylee (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y


Just in the process of getting myself organised for my round the world trip departing Dublin 23rd of September, people keep recommending that i buy Hiking boots as i will do some treks etc but im not overly convinced i would get much use out of them and they would take up a lot of space in my ruck sack.

What do you guys recommend should i buy them or not??

Leanne x

2. Posted by nichuie2 (Budding Member 59 posts) 8y

Hey, I wouldn't bother, you can do pretty much everything in your runners, and they do take up so much extra weight and room! See this earlier thread:

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3736 posts) 8y

I wouldn't bother either, as long as you have some decent trainers. I went to an outdoor shop when I got to NZ and invested in some good, tough trainers for the purpose of walking in, and they have been great.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 19, 2008, at 10:32 PM by bex76 ]

4. Posted by Pinkylee (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

[b] Many thanks for your replies- not going to buy hiking boots-at leas now i will have more room for clothes!!

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y

I would say it depends on what kind of outdoor stuff you're planning. i brought my hiking boots and, admittedly, they were a bit cumbersome. I usually just wore them when I was on the move from place to place, or if it was super hot, I just tied them on to the outside of my pack.

I definitely was glad to have them for things like the Inca Trail and treks in Patagonia - if you're doing a lot of difficult hiking, your ankles will need support. But if you're planning less strenuous stuff, then I'd say a really good pair of TEVAs or something would probably do just as well :)

Hope that helps.