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??
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: http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=52550
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 ]
[b] Many thanks for your replies- not going to buy hiking boots-at leas now i will have more room for clothes!!
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.