Should I get a less-insulated but excellent waterproof boot? Or should you consider forfeiting the waterproof performance for a warmer boot?
Whether you care about warmth, waterproof performance or weight — This 2 in 1 shoe will protect you from both & keep your feet warm enough to walk whole day on a winter treks on Himalaya.
One of the main challenging part of our expedition was to choose the right gears for the job. Earlier to this we had been to ladakh many times including in winters too. And this time we were on a mission of undertaking the unusual journey which has never been attempted before during the peak winter and we wanted to equipped with all pro gears without any compromises. During the minus temperature condition, the foot and palm is the most vulnerable to freezing cold comparing to any other parts of the whole body. While we are looking out for a winter hiking boots to keep our foot warm & stable on slippery ice surface, came across this product called Amphibia Track shoe from wildcraft a leading Indian outdoor brand.
This trekking shoe ‘Amphibia Track’ earned its place as one of our favorites of all the gears we used during the expedition. It was very comfortable boot with proper cushioning on the sides and in the heel. These boots were by far the most comfortable we used. In general, winter hiking boots should be waterproof, insulated and — depending on winter hiking terrains — possibly crampon compatible In our opinion,Wildcraft really stepped up its game in the pro hiker category by introduction of this Inhaler low GTX, while still providing water repellency & durability.
The specialized Rubber outsoles for excellent slip resistance, really do provides added traction and stability, which in turn give the shoe more performance. It’s something like our mountain bike tire, with the megagrip rubber knobbies embedded into a softer rubber layer, bonded below with the molded EVA midsole for cushioning and shock absorption.
PROTECTION & COMFORT
One thing about upper suede layer is they give you that “bomber” feeling like you can go and do anything in them, and that’s our definition of protection. A fairly traditional construction provides good trail protection.
Pretty standard trail shoe, not plush, not completely rigid. we would call this mid ankle shoe a low to medium arch support. Generous sizing leaves room for swelling and long down hills.
The Inhaler is billed as a performance hiker and is pretty much exactly that. Although there are more performance oriented, more expensive shoes in the market, this product feels light and stable underfoot with great grip, and that’s performance in our word. We would consider this Indian brand as one of the best hiking shoe currently available with affordable price tag.
HOW WE TESTED IT
We tested this shoe in the freezing winter cold of ladakh during our 36 days of cycling expedition. We used it on the frozen surface, rugged mountain terrain and in the snow laden trails along with thermal socks & liners to extra warmth. And we were totally happy with the product performance. Overall we would rate this product 8.5 out of 10.
Here are some tips to help you properly fit hiking and backpacking boots:
- Try on boots at the end of the day, when your feet are their largest.
- Wear the socks and any insoles or inserts you would normally use with the boots.
- Toes should have a little room to wiggle, and shouldn’t jam into the toe box.
- Heels should feel firmly in place with no heel slippage.
- Try different styles and widths. You may be a different size in different brands.
- Boots should feel like they fit initially.
- Don’t rely on breaking them in to make them fit. If they don’t fit now, they won’t stretch to fit later.
- No matter how well they fit, don’t forget to break in your boots around the house or on some easy day hikes before you embark on that week long backpacking trip.