September 11, 2013
So it’s about time that we get some proper footwear and packs to start training for our back packing trip on the Appalachian Trail. My husband has always used his gear from the Army. We aren’t familiar with any boots, packs, brand names etc.
So we set off to find out some information.
We planned on hitting the EMS http://www.ems.com/home/index.jsp in Annapolis and then heading over to the Hudson Trail Outfitters http://www.hudsontrail.com/ . There are just a few miles from one another. But, we got into Eastern Mountain Sports and lost complete track of time. We spent THREE HOURS in the store trying on boots and back packs. The sales associate John was super helpful and knowledgeable. He spent a great amount of time explaining shoes and packs to us as well as adding in little tidbits of helpful hiking and gear information. We ended up walking out of there with SOCKS! Three hours and we bought three pair of socks. 🙂
We thought it best to take the information that he gave us and do a little research of our own. I did find a pair of boots I am leaning towards. They are Asolos Stynger GTX ML.
But, I want to try on more and see what is out there. Your boots are your number one piece of gear so you want to make sure you get them right…. or so I have been told. 🙂
Do any of you hiking enthusiast have any brands/styles etc that you find work for you? Or wear you can get good deals on said equipment.