Limited Choice: Kids Hiking Boots
Kids hiking boots are often difficult to come by since the
demand for these boots is not as high as for men's and women's
hiking boots. There are different outdoor supply stores that
carry children's lines of outdoor clothing and equipment such
as kids hiking boots. Since children are more likely to step
into streams and puddles for the fun of it, waterproof hiking
boots are usually a great idea to prevent wet feet on a trip
from being an issue.
When looking for kids hiking boots or other hiking material
for toddlers and elementary students there are very few stores
that carry quality equipment. REI is one store that offers many
different choices in children's outdoor wear and equipment.
Patagonia also carries many different children's hiking
equipment, but both of these places are rather expensive unless
sales and off season sales are found.
Kids hiking boots mainly need to offer the young child
traction, comfort and support for their ankles. Since young
children will not usually be carrying a pack, a really stiff
boot is not needed, so a lightweight one should suffice. It is
a good idea to get young kids hiking boots in waterproof
material so that if they accidentally step in a puddle or
stream their feet still remain warm and dry. If the climate is
cooler, for hiking in the fall or winter, insulated kids hiking
boots will keep their feet warm without needing to have extra
socks that can be bulky and uncomfortable, sliding down into
the boots at times.
Older children, such as teenagers, can fit into women's or
men's hiking boots rather than having to stay with the limited
choices in kids' hiking boots. Teenagers are also able to carry
heavier packs which mean they have different needs in their
hiking boots. If they are only doing day hikes with small or no
backpacks, then they can choose a lightweight hiking boot or
hiking shoe which provides more traction than tennis shoes but
still maintains the flexibility of a tennis shoe. Lightweight
hiking boots are also flexible but also provide some ankle
support which is important in rockier terrain.
If the teen is carrying a heavier backpack, such as for an
overnight or week long camping trip, then he will need a
mid-weight hiking boot which is stiffer and provides more
support to the foot so that the additional weight and time on
his feet will be more comfortable and cause less fatigue.