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EXPERT TIPS

CHOOSING YOUR GEAR

It's important to choose gear that is suited to your activity, climate, and intended use. Use our Buyer's Guides to help you find the right gear for your next adventure!

HOW TO GUIDES

Everything makes a bit more sense when it's explained to you, so grab some handy 'how to' tips for your next exploration.

CARE GUIDES

We've been making quality products for 40 years that built to stand the test of time. Learn how you can easily make these last like they're meant to! 

USEFUL KNOW HOW

There's a lot to know about outdoor gear, and even more to know about the outdoors. Check out our articles about random useful knowledge! 

GEAR LISTS

If you're heading off hiking, camping, travelling or more, we've got some gear lists to get you started so you can worry about less about what you've forgotten and more about all the things you're going to do!

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Destination guides for awesome places around the world. Written by Adventurers, for Adventurers covering adventure, hiking, climbing, travel and more!


Fitting Your Footwear

 

New footwear may feel a little stiff at first, but it should still be comfortable. Footwear can adjust to your foot’s width but has a fixed length, so a good fit for your toes and heels is what you’re looking for.  Shop for boots late in the day as your feet will be a little swollen, just like they will be after walking a long distance.

How to check a good fit:

 
  • Test the flex of the sole at the ball of the foot (allow for initial stiffness).
  • When trying on, wear the sock layering that you intend to be using later.
  • If one foot is larger than the other (which is not unusual), fit the larger one first. For the smaller foot you can later compensate with socks.
  • When laced firmly, the lace holes must be well separated.

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  • The heels should not rise in the boots during knee bends.
  • Your toes must be free to wriggle and should not touch the front of the boots.
  • No side movement of the ball of the foot should be noticeable.
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