Exploring the Natural World

Hiking Skills Training

Understanding Hiking Boot Sole Delamination

While cleaning and conditioning my leather hiking boots, I discovered the Vibram sole “peeling apart” on one side of the left boot. Because I paid $250 for the pair, no more than half a decade ago, my heart sank with disappointment. I was completely surprised. How could it be possible to purchase quality boots from…

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How to Condition Your Leather Hiking Boots (with Nikwax)

No piece of hiking gear does heavier duty than boots, so I never skimp on quality. I prefer leather boots for their toughness and because when I take good care of them they last for years. But I’ve learned the hard way on maintenance. In my ignorant youth (as opposed to my ignorant present age),…

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