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.
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.
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.
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.
"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!
"US Army jungle boots." where do you even buy them from? I was thinking about getting some new hiking boots but my feet being rubbish they always get messed up no matter how expensive and apparently good they are...
#11 bringit has been a member since 12/12/2014. Posts: 3
Any Army surplus store should carry them. Keep in mind you have break boots in, which is usually a little hard on the feet. I soak them, then go for a long walk with them, then let them dry to the contours of my feet. Lot of Army guys do this. Get a little mole skin to cover blisters when you're walking long distances.
I brought my hiking boots and I am happy I did. Even though I don't use them too often, but once you need good shoes you are happy you brought them. As Madmac already said, the thing with hiking boots is, you need to walk them in. Mine took 10 - 15 hikes until they really fit my feet and didn't hurt anymore. So no matter what you get, get them early and start hiking :)