Each month I get a lot of emails from readers asking about my camera, my travel gear, and my blogging setup, so I thought it might be helpful to write about some of my favourite products here on my blog. In my new series Travel Gear Tuesday (#TGT) I will review travel or blogging related products that I genuinely love, so not just any odd product.
Since our Everest Base Camp trek people often ask me what kind of hiking gear I use, particularly what kind of hiking boots, so I thought it might be helpful if I publish a hiking boots review of my favourite boots. I am a fairly budget conscious buyer and shop around a lot to get the best deals. Hiking boots are notoriously expensive, but are also the single most important item for any trek. Hiking boots can make or break a trek, so I was a bit apprehensive when I had to buy a pair of boots before my first big hike of the Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador a few years ago.
When I tried on the the Atmosphere Women’s Waterproof Walking Boots from Mountain Warehouse I was in love immediately – a) because of their comfort and b) because of their price. I have notoriously difficult feet. They are quite wide and are also very sensitive, meaning I get blisters very easily. I didn’t even have to wear in these boots much, as they were comfortable immediately. To this day I have never had any blisters in these boots and I have worn them a fair bit.
I have had my boots since 2008 and have trekked with them in the Alps, Andes, Amazon, Himalayas, Asian jungles and the Lake District. They are waterproof and incredibly sturdy. They also provide very good ankle support, which is really important for rugged terrain. Even after five years of wearing them they are still in great shape. The shoe laces have only just broken after our recent Everest Base Camp trek. But I think the fact that they have lasted for 5 years is a sign of the overall quality. I bought the boots in the UK and they cost £80 (US$ 120). When you compare that to most other boots that usually cost between £100-300, I think these are very good value for money. For my male readers I’d like to point out that Mountain Warehouse also have a version of these boots for men.
I hope you found my hiking boots review useful. If there are any products you would be interested to read about please send me an email through this website.
PS: I have not been paid by Mountain Warehouse nor have I been provided with freebies to write a positive review. I am just really impressed with the quality of these hiking boots.