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Hiking Boots in SE Asia. I know that these are not generally recommend, however, It seems like I might need them. I have intentions of going to Nepal eventually and would need to buy some more gear (warmer stuff probably), I also want to go up a few Chinese mountains, as well as Borneo I would like to walk up MT. Kinabalu.
However, I am debating whether I should buy them before I go or when I'm there (in KL, for example). It is likely I could make do with TEVA's for the first 2 or maybe 3 months anyway, apart from MT. Kinabalu which would be in the first week.
Any other warmer clothing I would just buy out there but it just seems like your boots will be invaluable for any trekking. I would also add I wouldn't be doing anything to crazy, I am in good physical shape but I would look at Treks/Walks suitable for a beginner/intermediate when in Asia.
Any input appreciated.
#1 Posted: 5/7/2011 - 19:59
US Army jungle boots. They were made for SEA. They breath. They dry quickly. Perfect boot for this climate.
#2 Posted: 5/7/2011 - 21:02
...bet they're not to lightweight though?
#3 Posted: 5/7/2011 - 23:22
I took a pair of Merrell Vibram (shoes) and they were perfect: because they're shoes rather than boots they don't take up too much space; they are lightweight; they provide support and enough grip; and they dry quickly. They got me comfortably up Mt Kinabalu and up / along Tiger Leaping Gorge - so similar level to the type of walking you're planning. We needed warm clothes for Mt Kinabalu (don't underestimate how freezing it is up there!) so bought cheap stuff in KK and hired jackets.
#4 Posted: 6/7/2011 - 09:16
7th January, 2010
A pair of lo-cut hiking shoes will be fine, preferably waterproof. I am assuming that you are hiking through established trails and that you will only be carrying a daypack. Ankle boots are ok if you prefer them to lo-cut shoes. I am also assuming that you won't face winter weather conditions in Nepal and the mountains of China.
Jungle boots, IMHO, are overkill. They will weigh more and they are bulky.
#5 Posted: 6/7/2011 - 09:24
Christay - they're definitely lightweight. They have a porous canvass legging and a fairly thin rubber soul. Like I said, they were specifically made for hiking in this environment. A great boot, I use the desert version now when I work construction here.
#6 Posted: 6/7/2011 - 10:40
"They got me comfortably up Mt Kinabalu and up / along Tiger Leaping Gorge - so similar level to the type of walking you're planning. "
Travellingsarah - This is good to hear as it is what I plan on doing at some point! I have heard about how cold it is at the top! I will already have a light weight fleece, shell and probably a merino wool top so hopefully I would be ok. I will probably try to find a wooly hat in KK!
Goonistik - I currently have a pair of north face walking trainers but they aren't waterproof. Having a look online, very briefly, I might just upgrade to a pair of walking trainers that are goretex/waterproof. The ones I have currently are rain proof but only to an extent (they have mesh), also, I've been using them as running trainers so they are looking a bit tired. I will avoid winter conditions as I don't think I really see the fun in hiking around when it's freezing. I wouldn't be opposed to it being "a bit cold" though.
I guess If I ended up trekking in Nepal I would be carrying more than a day pack, right? I have a 65lt pack at the moment and plan on buying a 30lt day pack. I was hoping the 30lt would be more than adequate for going up Kinabalu and doing other short treks (so I can leave my big one in the guesthouse etc).
I think it might be best to stick to the good walking shoes as you say. If I get to Nepal it will probably be last/before I go home so I can always get some boots for that. Let me know what you think
Mac - I will drop by Muk and take a look!
#7 Posted: 6/7/2011 - 15:37
Anytime Chris, anytime.
#8 Posted: 6/7/2011 - 16:04
Mac, message me your email and I'll let you know when I pass through/near Muk?!
#9 Posted: 8/7/2011 - 19:04
Just email me at:
#10 Posted: 8/7/2011 - 19:46
8th July, 2011
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I recommend these:
The Malay trekkers swear by them, and they are cheap as chips from markets in Kuala Lumpur. They wont do for the himalaya but hey they are so cheap it doesn't matter. You can pick up a pair for the equivalent of 2 british pounds. Also recommended in Lonely Planet. Have a good one.
#11 Posted: 8/7/2011 - 20:15
17th May, 2012
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#12 Posted: 17/5/2012 - 06:21
13th September, 2012
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According to my view, One of my cousin said about the safety measures while traveling in long distance areas and Hiking boots such as constructed to provide comfort for miles of walking over rough terrains and protect the hiker's feet against water, mud, rocks and other wilderness obstacles.
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#13 Posted: 13/9/2012 - 01:52
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