If you are new to survivalist training or living, you already know (or you will know soon enough) that there are certain items you simply must have on hand. These include items such as food, water, appropriate outdoor clothing, weapons and tools. But you will also need a really good pair of winter boots or cold-weather hiking boots. Because of the uncertainty of any future emergency, you may not know if you will be forced to take to the roads or hills on foot. You need to be prepared for this.
As we move into the cold-weather months, having the right boots is imperative and is something you should invest in now. Before you buy, spend a few minutes thinking about what you need for your individual climate and terrain. If you live way up north where deep snow and sub-freezing temps are normal, you will certainly want boots with insulation properties that can handle those conditions. On the other hand, if you live in the south of Texas, you will want boots that designed for rugged terrain. If you live in a mountainous area, consider heavy-duty mountaineering boots.
You will find as you shop for boots that there are literally hundreds of options available to you. As a former soldier and cross-county trekker, I suggest that you narrow your search down to either a quality pair of rugged hiking boots, or go with a pair of military boots. Good quality hiking boots are great for all types of walking – on paved roads or through the hills – but they are not always the best choice for those who have to trek through deep snow or a lot of water.
Buying a good-quality pair of military-style boots is a great way to get all-around protection (cold weather or hot) without having to buy more than one pair of boots. Note: today’s modern military-style boots are not just the old “combat” boots of yesterday.
Whether you opt for hiking boots or military boots, look for footwear that is waterproof or, at least, water-resistant. High-sides offer better ankle support than low-sided boots. And when buying winter boots, remember to size accordingly (you may be wearing two pairs of socks).
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