Footwear is another priority consideration for anyone who spends time in the outdoors. For hikers, it is a top priority, but even if you are not trekking, good footwear is vital for foot and ankle protection (even around camp).
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A couple of very important note bears emphasis. Both footwear and sleeping bags are a critical part of any trip. Quality matters. A failure in either of these two categories can spell the end of an otherwise great trip. Proper planning can avoid this result.
There are basically three types of sleeping bags (really only two, but the third is worth mentioning)
Mummy https://www.coleman.com/north-rim-extre ... gs#start=1
Hybrid (cross between rectangular and mummy)http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/hi-gear-sno ... od-p286207
This is just an example, as there are several models that attempt to create a cross between a mummy bag and a rectangular bag.
1. Cabela's - http://www.cabelas.com/browse.cmd?categ ... ting+boots
2. Sportsman's Guide - http://www.sportsmanswarehouse.com/spor ... /cat101537
3. Bass Pro Shops - http://www.basspro.com/shop/en/mens-hun ... ageSize:36&
4. Midway - https://www.midwayusa.com/s?targetLocat ... PerPage=96
2. Boot Care
Leather boots are pretty rugged and water repellent as they come from the factory, but with use, abrasion and age, they will benefit from some supplemental waterproofing. I have found that Sno-Seal to be one of the very best products to keep your boots dry and able to still breathe. Here is what they say, http://www.atsko.com/sno-seal-wax-8-oz-jar/:
Sno-Seal Original Beeswax Waterproofing protects leather from rain, sun, snow, and salt. Sno-Seal is also great for waxed cotton and tent seams. The beeswax formula dries to a solid wax that "stays put" in the surface of the leather so it lasts longer. Our competitors' greases, oil, and animal products are able to migrate through the leather till they clog all the pores. These waterproofing products fill the natural spaces that are supposed to absorb perspiration and insulate.
In addition, animal fats weaken and rot leather. The tannery worked hard to remove the fats and preserve the leather, so it's hard to imagine why you'd put it back on.
Sno-Seal will help you feel more comfortable in Gore-Tex® fabric lined boots because it allows the Gore-Tex® absorbed perspiration to escape out of the leather.
Not only will Sno-Seal keep you warm and dry, it will also help you from getting tired. A typical leather boot can soak up to a pound of water. That means you lift an additional 2,212 lbs. to walk one mile. Sno-Seal keeps the whole boot dry, warm and light.
3. Typical pair of well made, quality hiking, hunting and general use boots