Shoes for Difficult Level Treks

"By Wanderers India"


Trekking shoes for difficult treks:

If you are attempting a difficult level trek, that means you are aware of the fact that trekking shoe is the most important part of your gear. It is okay to trek with a shoe meant for a moderate level trek, however it is not wise to wear a basic trekking shoe (meant for basic hiking & beginner level trekking) for a difficult level trek. We have suggested some shoes suitable for difficult level trek in this article. These shoes can be rented as well however we suggest you have your own and break-in well. These shoes are expensive compared to the other shoes but are absolutely worth it.

Shoes for Difficult Level Treks  

1) Quechua Forclaz 600 high waterproof boots:

Cost: INR 6,500 – 7,000 (approx.)
Treks worthy:high altitude treks
Performance: muddy trails, forest patches, scree, stones, boulders, ankle high water crossings.
Water proofing & breathability: Water proof for the first 350-450kms, will start to wear-out post that.
Life of the shoe: 700 – 800kms
Maintenance/ cleaning: washing with water and use a soft brush on the outer part. Nu-buck leather polish required after 2 to 3 treks. Avoid drying in direct sunlight. Store in a box or a bag.
Comfort: 4.5/5

     
Shoes for Difficult Level Treks  

2) Forclaz 700

Cost: INR 9,500 –10,000 (approx.)
Treks worthy:high altitude treks with glacier patches
Performance:muddy trails, forest patches, scree, stones, boulders, ankle high water crossings. Vibram sole provides better gripping on stones and boulders.
Water proofing & breathability: Water proof for the first 400-500kms, will wear-out going forward.
Life of the shoe: 900 – 1000kms
Maintenance/ cleaning: washing with water and use a soft brush with soap lather for the outer part. Avoid drying in direct sunlight. Store in a box or a bag. Could polish on the leather patch for better maintenance, not mandatory though.
Comfort: 5/5

     
Shoes for Difficult Level Treks  

3) Salomon Quest GTX- 4D

Cost: INR 12,000 –13,000 (approx.)
Treks worthy:high altitude treks with glacier patches
Performance:muddy trails, forest patches, scree, stones, boulders, ankle high water crossing.
Water proofing & breathability: Water proof for the first 600-700kms, will wear-out going forward.
Life of the shoe: 1200 – 1400kms
Maintenance/ cleaning: washing with water and use a soft brush with soap lather for the outer part. Avoid drying in direct sunlight. Store in a box or a bag. Could polish on the leather patch for better maintenance.
Comfort: 5/5


   

Other boots in a similar range are mentioned below

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Merrel Vego mid LTR Asolo TPS GV 520 Asolo Bajura
     
Shoes for Difficult Level Treks  

4) Scarpa Vega mountaineering boots (technical)"


Cost: INR 18,000 –20,000 (approx.)
Summit climbs:Himalayas, 6,000 meter peaks and above
Performance: Technical climbs on boulders, glaciers, rocky terrains, ice patches, soft snow patches.
Water proofing & breathability:Completely water proof at the outer/ hard shell. The skin (inner layer) is warm and well padded for comfort and is breathable.
Life of the shoe: 1800 – 2000kms
Maintenance/ cleaning:washing with water and use a soft brush with soap lather for the outer. Avoid drying in direct sunlight. Store in a box or a bag.

Comfort: 5/5

The above shared shoes options are suggestions on the basis of our experience and market evaluation in terms of pricing and availability.

     

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