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Hiking Boot recommendations?

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Does anyone recommend a particular brand, and store in or around zurich that sells a good range of hiking boots please ?

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Does anyone recommend a particular brand, and store in or around zurich that sells a good range of hiking boots please ?

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I've been very happy with my Meindl boots.

They're widely available in Switzerland.

In Zürich, this shop has a wide selection:

http://www.baechli-bergsport.ch/
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I love my Salomon boots and will be getting another pair to bring with me to Switzerland.
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Thanks Gastro, @ Fingers Crossed - which model of Salomons is it ? thanks
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I just tried to find out by checking google images and I think they're the Quest 4D in slightly different colouring but I'm not 100% sure without checking them at home.

They're really comfortable and completely waterproof. I trod in running water that was ankle deep and not one drop leaked into the boots.

Then on the same day I fell into running water that was knee deep and not one drop leaked out
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Re: Hiking Boots

I second the vote for Meindl.

I've got this brand in both shoes and boots and am very happy with them.
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Does anyone recommend a particular brand, and store in or around zurich that sells a good range of hiking boots please ?

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I like Raichle boots for hiking, but they have apparently been rebranded as 'Mammut'. This thread questions their build quality, but I've never had any problems.

Vibram soles give brilliant grip; most hiking books seem to have Vibram soles nowadays.
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Re: Hiking Boots

I love my Lowa hiking boots. I got them from Migros Sports last year when they were half off!!
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Re: Hiking Boots

Great thanks for the tips
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Re: Hiking Boots

I would second the call on Baechli being a great shop from my experience

This thread may also be worth a quick scan
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Re: Hiking Boot recommendations?

There are a number of companies which make good hiking boots. Meindl, Lowa, Scarpa, La Sportiva all come to mind, and I am sure that there are many others. Each has its own idea of what a foot is shaped like. Sometimes the expected foot shape seems to vary from model to model.

Maybe this is obvious, but amoung the various high quality brands, you want to let your feet pick. E.g., I like my Meindls but only recommend them if you happen to have "Meindl shaped" feet.
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Does anyone recommend a particular brand, and store in or around zurich that sells a good range of hiking boots please ?

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Don't get too hung up on a specific brand. What's critical is that the boots fit. I myself have been very, very pleased with my LaSportiva's... BUT, they are really suited for people with relatively narrow feet which may not be yours.

First question to ask is what do you want to use them for? Just regular hiking? Going higher up in mountains (and snow) with a lot of scree requiring more support for ankles? Also to put crampons on?

Based on this, you choose your boot. Coding is ranging from A to D, with A being "light" and D being crampon proof (e.g. my LaSportiva's allow for efficient click on crampons).

Equally important: good socks!

Go to the store, choose the socks first (I can recommend merino wool, they almost massage your feet while walking... but they are expensive). Then take plenty of time to try on different boots for snug fit.
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Re: Hiking Boot recommendations?

True story with the socks... what I like to do when hiking in the UK (which is generally 0ish to 1,000m climb and then back down) is to take a spare pair of socks and change at the summit.

Even if your socks are dry and feel comfortable I find that changing them is a really nice feeling. If your first pair is wet then multiply that feeling by the salary required by a newcomer to survive in Switzerland.
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Based on this, you choose your boot. Coding is ranging from A to D, with A being "light" and D being crampon proof (e.g. my LaSportiva's allow for efficient click on crampons).
Let me add that there is a "universal" crampon compatibility system B0-B3, with B3 being the stiffest and able to take the most aggressive C3 crampons. Of course this very stiffness which makes them suitable for heavy crampon use also tends to make them less comfortable in general, especially on level ground where you don't need so much support.

However, not all manufacturers bother with the system, and instead come up with their own systems or vague descriptions. Meindl has their own A-D rating system. I didn't know that La Sportiva did also, but this doesn't overly surprise me either.
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Re: Hiking Boot recommendations?

another recommendation for Baechli. They have a great selection of outdoor equipment and the one in Oerlikon along with the main store has a discount outlet downstairs with reduced prices on some very good brand names.
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Re: Hiking Boot recommendations?

I like North Face Gore Tex Boots, i think meindl is for serious climbers (because
some are really heavy)
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I like North Face Gore Tex Boots, i think meindl is for serious climbers (because
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Meindl have all kinds of boots from the serious to those used for leisure walking. They also have gore tex boots.
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Re: Hiking Boot recommendations?

Would be helpful if the OP defines what he/she means with "hiking".

It's a pain to have TOO heavy/stiff boots but equally it's not useful (or economical) to buy light boots and then buy another pair shortly after for heavier stuff.

We can help, but we're not able to read his/her mind.
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Re: Hiking Boot recommendations?

I have a pair of Jack Wolfskin boots - for hiking. They are light, supremely comfortable and have the Texapore lining - a bit like Gore Tex.

We haven't gone too "Alpine" crazy on hiking yet to find out whether they will buckle under more extreme use - but as Niranjan can confirm I am bit bonkers at downhill.
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Re: Hiking Boot recommendations?

Got some nice Lowas at good discount from the sports store in HB.
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