Tuesday, March 21, 2017

These Boots Are Made For Walking

I am not the greatest advocate for the concept of "bugging out" (leaving your home with a maximum of equipment, relocating to a safe place). And unless a radioactive cloud is drifting our way, a horde of raiding Mongols is at the doorstep or we are under risk of being black bagged due to our political/religious views.......I do not see any reason to leave.

The whole "Bugging In VS. Bugging Out" topic is discussed with religious fervor, especially those who by default pack their family and run to the woods when the lights go out are fast calling those who disagrees "idiots" or "sheeple". 

One tries to explain that it takes several square kilometers of forest to feed one person, not to mention a family. Usually you get an ancestral anecdote at this point, about a grandfather who managed to feed a large family by birch bark, slugs and prayers.

This is usually meant to make you/me shut up and feel bad because I am such a "civilization cripple" and a "soft Scandinavian"".

But if you dig a bit deeper you will find out that those actually have no plan apart from posting impressive pictures of themselves in camo gear and "tactical" (as opposed to "practical") backpack on some forum.

But lets get back to the topic before I start an endless rant about "Facebook Preppers" .

You cant build a house without a strong foundation, and you can not walk longer distances without proper footwear..or at least be less comfortable (Yes, I used the word "comfortable" !).

I have been walking quite a lot lately and I will only let the best and most comfortable footwear touch my sensible feet..why make it harder on myself?

So, you need a pair of boots.  Since feet are as individual as thumbprints you should go to a professional and get some advise.

I strongly advise you to:

- not to buy a set of cool looking "tactical" boots because they are advocated for on some forum.

- do not go cheap...everyone I walked +20 km with over the last year regretted their purchase/use of outlet foot coffins.

You can cut corners on knife purchases but not on your boots:-)

Personally I like Ecco boots: I like the comfort and durability.
This is the pair I am using right now to prepare myself for the Dodentocht walk in August.
This picture is taken in 2013 right after I bought them.

And this picture shows them how they look now:
Bit scraped and dirty but still in good shape after 3 years of use/abuse.

The inside of the boot is still smooth and clean: No risk for blisters.

Hand on my heart: The Ecco BIOM Terrain are the best boots I ever owned.

So I went out and bought a similar pair!

This one is also made out of Yak leather which makes the boot virtually bulletproof.

So I have a pair of boots for everyday use / training and a set of "bugging out" boots.

Personally I do not hope that I/we have to bug out on foot, I prefer to use our bicycles and the trailers/bags we can use in connection with them.

See: Bugging Out By Bike

However, you should buy a set of boots suiting your individual needs (go to a Orthopedician and get some correctional inlets or soles if need be) and walk a 10 km distance at leastonce a week. Only then you will be sure that your boots will be ready when you need them.

1 comment:

  1. Saw your advert on Facebook and thought I'd check out your blog. Well-said and thoughtful. I even keep a pair of broken in boots as a part of my truck kit.