Feel good with every step – the perfect hiking shoe
For which season are you looking for a new shoe? And what types of tours do you do the most? Do you wear insoles, or do you have a misaligned foot? This information is important when choosing the perfect hiking shoe. For example, if you bend slightly inwards with every step, an orthopaedic insert helps prevent this. The best thing to do is to tell your problems and hiking preferences to the sales staff first.
Our tip: go shopping for hiking shoes in the afternoon! Feet swell up during the day, and a shoe that fits perfectly in the morning could feel uncomfortable in the afternoon. The best thing to do is to visit a sports retailer, where you can test going uphill and downhill in your new shoes. Speciality shops often offer such tests, including measuring the foot. Are you a complete novice and only started hiking? Do a running analysis in the speciality shop. There you will immediately see where you put the greatest strain on your feet.
It is also advisable to take hiking socks with you to buy shoes. Because only then can you find the right shoe size. The best are socks that reach the lower calf and are made from a blend of merino wool and synthetic fibres. So the moisture is not held on the foot, but absorbed by the material. The effect: there is no friction and the feet are spared from blisters.
If you have observed these points, it depends on the fit of the hiking shoe. If the rolling behaviour feels smooth, the shoe is perfect. We do not recommend ordering online when buying hiking shoes. It is better to take a few minutes of fitting time in store so that there are no nasty surprises during the tour.
Read more details about finding the right hiking shoes here!
Protection from wind and weather – clothing
“There is no such thing as bad weather – only the wrong clothing,” is the popular saying. And it’s correct! Of course, you shouldn’t go hiking in a thunderstorm.
With a surprising gentle drizzle or a little wind on the tour, good protective clothing can work wonders. If the hiking clothing also looks good, nothing can stand in the way of a Eurohike tour.
Functional shirts are ideal for hiking tours. They transport sweat away from the skin and dry very quickly. Arriving in a sweat? That hardly happens with functional clothing.
Do you need a jacket? A good windbreaker doesn’t take up a lot of space in your backpack and shouldn’t be missing on any hiking tour. Softshell jackets and trousers are also particularly recommended. They are light yet provide excellent protection against wind and weather. You won’t sweat so easily in this material but you also won’t freeze in it.
Tip: Pack a thick outdoor jacket in the cold season!
Hiking pants that can be converted into shorts in just a few seconds are also extremely practical. Thanks to a zipper above the knee, a little sunlight can hit the shins on warm days.
What should I take with me on a hiking trip?
The right equipment makes a hiking tour a lot nicer. It applies that the hiking equipment should be light and pack up small. Unnecessary weight doesn’t only use up your physical reserves, but also limits general mobility when hiking.
The clothing itself should be comfortable and appropriate to the region. Always take a jacket or sweater with you as the weather can change quickly.
Tip: The famous onion system provides the best heat or cold protection!
Your clothing packing list for your next Eurohike hiking holiday
- Hiking shoes or mountain shoes with a good tread
- Functional sports underwear
- Neckerchief (if necessary)
- Hat or cap
- Sun protection is important
- Jacket (windstopper or softshell)
- Sweater (preferably fleece)
- Long/short hiking trousers
- Hiking socks
- Rain protection
- Warm clothing
Useful things that should be in every hiking backpack…
We don’t need much on a day tour, but you need to take everything you need on the day and still feel comfortable as you go. This is where the perfect backpack comes into play:
It adapts to the shape of the body, and chest and hip belts ensure a better hold. Many hikers know it: the uncomfortable sweating on the back on hot summers days. To counteract this, it is helpful to choose breathable material on the back. In the pelvic area, the backpack should be well padded for a comfortable fit.
A little tip: A volume of 25 to 30 litres is completely sufficient for a day tour.
What to pack in my backpack…
It is always good to take some small ‘protectors’ with you on the trail. This would be:
- Enough water: we need more of it during sports than when resting
- Snacks: So that you stay energised, even if there is no refreshment stop in the immediate vicinity
- Sunscreen: On the mountains we are closer to the sun’s rays. That’s why we are at risk of sunburn in every season without sunscreen
- Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from the sun’s rays too!
- First aid kit: With plasters, sterile bandages, scissors and disinfectant
- Mobile phone: To capture special moments on camera, but also to call for help in an emergency (and to use hiking apps!)
- A pocket knife and flashlight (you can find more important hiking gadgets here!)
- Valid passport or ID card
- Money and bank cards
- Travel insurance certificate