Trekking Shoes vs Sports Shoes

Trekking Shoes vs Sports Shoes

Trekking Shoes vs Sports Shoes Today, we’re comparing trekking shoes with sports shoes, and you’ll know which shoe you need for your trek. I’m Swathi, from India hikes and you’re watching trek With Swathi. Hey guys, I’m a Decathlon in Bangalore. I have their Trek 100 series by Quechua and have running shoes by Kalenji, both by Decathlon. And I’m going to be comparing these two shoes a little bit to give you an idea of what shoes you need for your trek. So right off the bat, you can see that these trekking shoes look a lot sturdier. They look more heavy like they’ll protect you and they’re more durable, too. These running shoes look specifically meant for running and not for very rough use. But we’ll get into some details of these shoes to understand them better. So let’s first look at the grip on these shoes. Now, if you look at the sole of the Trek 100series, you’ll see deep grooves on the sole. These are actually meant to give you a good grip on different surfaces. When you’re on the trek, you’re likely to be trekking on loose mud, loose soil, boulders, maybe snow or ice, so that is where this comes in handy. You’ll see that there’s a lot of detailing in the sole. This is specifically meant for that grip that you need. In the running shoes, on the other hand, you’ll see that the sole does not have very deep grooves. It’s a lot flatter. So this is actually meant for flatter terrain where you’re running on tar roads, cement may be mud roads, but it’s meant for flat terrain and not for very rough use.

So, look at the grip of the shoe before you’re buying it because that’s very important for your trek. The 2nd point we’ll cover is ankle support. Now, you’ll see that the Trek 100 shoes have very good ankle support. It covers almost my entire ankle when I wear it and that kind of restrains the movement of my ankle. It does not allow my ankle to twist especially when I’m descending on uneven terrain or even ascending, that’s extremely important on a trek because a twisted ankle can actually end your trek. Running shoes, on the other hand, do not have ankle support, they end just before your ankle. These are actually meant to give you more flexibility when you’re running or walking so that you have that ankle movement that you need during that action. So this is not really going to protect your ankle from twists or anything. It gives you more flexibility. Next, let’s take a look at the thickness and the hardness of the sole. If you take the Trek 100 shoes, you’ll see that the sole is pretty thick. But how hard is it? So your trek you don’t want something that’s hard, that it’s too rigid, that doesn’t look at your feet, but you don’t want it too soft, that it actually collapses with the weight of body every day. To test the hardness of the sole, for this, you can just take something like a key and tap the soul and listen for the noise. The sound should not be something that’s too shallow like, if you hit football studs, you hear a very shallow sound. You don’t want that when you’re doing that with trekking shoes.

On the other hand, the running shoes, you’ll see that the sole is not as sturdy or thick as trekking shoes. It is very flexible, but it’s not very hard or it’s more cushion. So you can listen to the sound of the running shoes, too. You’ll see that the sound is a lot more diminished because there’s a lot more cushioning in the running shoes, it’s not as hard as a trekking shoe. So it’s not meant to take your body weight, especially with your backpack and things for so many days in a row. In fact, if you trek with these shoes for two-three days itself, we’ll find that the sole is becoming a lot more flatter. That’s because of the kind of cushioning used in this sole and in this sole, they’re very different. So, watch out for the sole, for the hardness, the thickness, you’ll need the thickness for a long Himalayan trek because it has some padding for insulation and everything. Running shoes will not last you many days on a trek. Next, we look at water resistance. This is extremely important on a Himalayan trek because you could be trekking in rain, you can be trekking in snow or even crossing boulders over streams. So, these Trek 100 shoes, have a water-resistant coating on top where they spray a certain water-resistant coating and inside it also has a waterproof membrane.

Trekking Shoes vs Sports Shoes So it will actually last you for many hours while you’re trekking in snow or rain, not letting your feet get wet or cold. Nothing to do with the water in the shoes so if you can step in a puddle or a pothole more likely, it is going to get wet and that’snot going to be very helpful on a trek. So, look out for these four points, that is, the grip on the sole, the ankle support, the hardness and thickness of the sole. And also water resistance. These four points are very important for your trek. You need these on a long Himalayan trek. Now there are few additional points that a few people might point out. No1 is that these taking shoes are a lot of heavier and that is true. This one weighs around 500 times and together they do way around a kilo, but you will get used to it after using it for at least 2-3days. You do need that weight when you’re going on a long Himalayan trek because you do have your backpack on your back, so these shoes actually stand that weight. The next thing is that they don’t have a longer break-in period, it’s not as easy to, just slip on this shoe, like it is for this shoe. You can just wear this and go running the same day, but you cannot wear this and go trekking the same day.

You need at least two weeks to break into these shoes and by breaking in, these shoes are a lot sturdier. So they actually take time to conform to the shape of your feet and to the movements of your feet. So give these shoes that amount of time, around two weeks before your trek is when you actually need to buy them. So make sure you do that. But otherwise think about what your trek is going to have, is it going to be a single day hike or is it going to be even a two-day hike with camping with neatly laid out tails with not very difficult terrain, then you can actually probably use running shoes it’s not going to be difficult. Especially on non-Himalayan treks, if you’re trekking in the Sahyadris or the Western Ghats or the Eastern ghats you could use these. But on a long Himalayan trek where you’re likely to be trekking for six-seven days on different kinds of terrain, different gradients, you definitely need a pair of trekking shoes just for your own feet’s sake. So, make sure you invest accordingly and make the right decision.

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