HIKING ON SNOW:BOOTS OR SHOES?

Depending on the weather conditions, difficulty of the route, state of the snow, etc., there are plenty of factors that you need to consider when choosing the right footwear for a snow hike. We give you all the advice you need for finding your feet!

Choosing between boots and shoes for snow hiking: decathlon tips

We go further when wearing the right footwear ... The choice of footwear is essential when hiking, especially on snow. Warmth, comfort, impermeability, grip will allow you to forget your feet and just think about enjoying yourself! Follow our guide on choosing between shoes and boots.

DID YOU KNOW ...?

When it is cold, the body gives priority to protecting vital organs such as the heart or the brain. The blood is therefore directed to these parts to the detriment of all the others. That means, other parts, such as feet or hands receive less blood. All the more so since the body, to keep its heat, constricts the arteries closest to the skin (this is called vasoconstriction): the blood has less contact with the outside and more easily maintains its temperature.

It is therefore important to protect your hands and feet when it is cold by equipping yourself with the appropriate equipment. Cover your head well, too, otherwise you may lose the heat your body produces to protect your brain, and you will cool down faster.

BOOTS OR SHOES:WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

BOOTS OR SHOES:COMFORT AND PERFORMANCE

Whether you choose shoes or boots for your winter hikes, the most important thing is to make sure that they are warm, waterproof, provide good grip and support your feet and ankles.

OUR TIP

A pair of poles will provide you with better balance and ensure you more on slippery ground. For hiking on snow, choose poles with a basket so you don't get stuck in the snow!

WEAR FOOTWEAR IN FUNCTION OF THE TERRAIN

BOOTS OR SHOES DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF HIKE

Are you more like a small beginner bear, an agile lynx or a skilful hare?
Depending on your athletic level, your experience, the planned route, your physiology, the weather conditions or the people accompanying you, you'll need to put on different footwear!

OUR TIP

Whether you wear boots or shoes, the choice of socks is very important. They need to be:

- Adapted to the weather (warm or rather breathable) all are breathable, but some are warmer than others.

- Adapted to the height of your footwear: nothing worse than a sock that slips down and gives you blisters!

- Suitable for boots or shoes, that is to say more or less thick so as not to compress your foot and prevent blood from circulating.

In short, get started and go hiking on the snow! In boots or shoes, in good weather or in the snow, with the children or in sport mode… take possession of the snowy nature to breath in the fresh air and serenity.

Discover snow hiking with Quechua by Decathlon

JESSICA

Quechua communication team

Mountain enthusiast, fan of hiking with or without snowshoes, lover of wide-open spaces, lakes and mountain peaks, occasional climber and part-time surfer.

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