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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!


How to Prevent Blisters

One blister, the product of friction that rubs skin back and forth in a concentrated area, can mar an otherwise wonderful hiking trip.

Breaking in your footwear

No matter what boot or shoe you’re wearing, we all know that they become more comfortable after you’ve worn them in with your own foot.  Until you’ve worn them in a few times, they may cause some discomfort in the first days – but don’t worry, they are just softening and adjusting to your feet. If you are not used to wearing boots, your feet will need to adjust as well, so give them some time.

It is very useful to wear your new footwear at home before taking on the outdoors - this will reduce the chance of blisters later on.  Break in your footwear while wearing walking socks, and make sure they are firmly laced up.  A lot of simple, short walks will get the job done and prepare your feet and footwear for the things to come.

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On the trail

It is best to prevent blisters before they even appear. If you feel that a sock has slipped or you have a stone in your shoe – stop and take care of it. If your boot is rubbing your foot, try taping the affected area. Be sure your feet are dry, get the spot covered and smooth out any bumps or ridges.  If you are hiking with a new pair of shoes, consider bringing along a blister kit for unexpected friction.

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