Trekking Shoes / Hiking Shoes For Tropical Rainforest
In tropical rainforest you need to have your feet dry most of the time. You will get wet some of the time. If you are on lost and survive mode like Bear Grylls finding way out of rainforest you will be wet most of the time at least that was presented by his show - to survive you need to be near with water point. Wet and damp shoes could lead to foot fungal infection. Damp and humidity in rainforest allow bacteria and fungus grow faster. If your trekking will going to get your trekking shoes wet through stream, river crossing or muddy path, choose light trekking shoes that can easily be drained. Trekking Boot clumber some to unlace, good to have waterproof system but no need for Gore-Tex, bear in mind that and once it inside get wet it will be very uncomfortable, with more day to complete the rainforest trail ahead, wet shoes is the last thing you would want. That is why having shoes that could dry up quickly and easily drained is very important. You won’t want to stop every time after crossing stream as that would disturb your team rhythm, been able to continue trekking even after saving your self from mud pit is luxury. That why I myself would prefer for a low cut light trekking shoes from high cut heavy trekking boot, even that would mean safety aspect is compromise a little. Some Trekking shoes have drainage system like North Face Crusade, but this function comes with quite expensive price. If cost is your determinant factor then rubber shoes is just perfect choose. No bother to get it wet hundred time just dab with tissue or cloth then it will be dry again. Rubber shoes was used widely as shoes for hiking in rainforest by villagger and natives, one clear reason is that this shoes is cheap and it perform well relative to its low price.
Sole - Cushioning, Hard Middle Sole, Soft Outer Rubber Sole, Pattern & Design
Rubber shoes is light and easy to dry, but it sole can quite be on soft side that you could almost feel root and rock you steep on to just like foot reflexology path , Tropical Rainforest floor full with maze of root that steeping on it with rubber shoes almost like steeping on reflexology stone barefoot. Foot massage is good, but having to walk on foot reflexology for 6-7 hours is arduous. Having moderate hard middle sole is good to protect your foot, too hard would reduce flexibility and making climbing difficult. Soft outer sole of trekking shoes is important for grip especially like on flat granite surface at Mount Kinabalu. Soft and flexible sole would help to climb slippery boulder. I’ve see many of hiker with knee pain and problem; they share a common habit – running while descending a mountain trail. They maybe fan of downhill racing. If you want a fast downhill take a mountain bike not by running with 10kg++ heavy backpack which will ruin your knee. If you can’t live with adrenalin rush of downhill running then invest for a pair of good cushioning trekking shoes, you will appreciate it next time you have chat with old timer hiker with knee pain. To venture into rainforest choose sole pattern / design for mud and slippery earth trail not your shopping sneaker and futsal shoes.
|Good Outsole With Mud Release System|
Know Your Trail To Choose Your Shoes
Knowing in advance condition and kind of trail that you going to trek is very much helpful in deciding which kind of hiking shoes to wear. What kind of question to ask? These key points would give you some idea of what to expect when hiking through rainforest trail
1-Is the trail rarely used or traffic jam used to occur there (not really)? or you will gonna open totally new trail - wow
2-Do you have to cross stream and wet your shoes? or you going to follow along the stream, Mountain stream normally bank with a lot of round big slippery rock that could give you hell of crawling torture. Is the trek muddy or dry?.. bear in mind that some trek is mostly muddy all year round like Trek to Mount Irau Cameron Highland... and some trek would be just wet and slippery (not muddy) even after torrent of monsoon like Gunung Tebu in Terengganu.
3-Type of the trail - Is it hard granite, rocky porous limestone or sharp small rock like you can find on Ulu Klang Quartz Ridge, or red / yellow earth that could be very slippery when wet.
Based on information from the questions you could more or less decide which shoes for hiking is suitable for your trekking activities. I will go into detail into which kind of hiking shoes suitable for kind of trail in the questions, or more accurate say is kind of hiking shoes of my choice in case you got different views - reserve it to the comment section pleasee ..
Question 1 - Shoes For Hiking In Rainforest For Rarely Used Trail & Safety Issues
Question 2 - Shoes For Hiking In Rainforest For Wet Condition
It’s raining all night and You know it gonna be wet and slippery, then opt for your mud fighting sole shoes like Adidas Adizero XT and Adidas Kanadia Trail. If you opt for your gore-tex boot, ensure you won’t wet it inside. If you love your boot or your new adidas kanadia trail2 so much then just wear your rubber shoes, it will serve you fine.
Question 3-Type of the trail - Is it hard granite, rocky porous limestone or sharp small rock like you can found on Ulu Klang Quartz Ridge, or red / yellow earth that could be very slippery when wet.
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|This Hi Tech Magnum may look big but it is exceptionally light. Used by a lot of Armed Units. My friend have one and satisfied with it to use on trail and urban. Myself would prefer a lower cut|
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