My own belief is that most hikers are under-booted. That is, they're hiking in footwear lighter than they need. Good boots are incredibly important; your feet take a pounding when hiking, and decent ankle and arch support is vital. In my opinion, manufacturers tend to rate their boots a notch too low. Most of the time a boot rated as a "light backpacking boot" is more like a decent day hiker if you're carrying any kind of a pack and hiking on moderately rough terrain. I concede there's a tradeoff as weight on your feet increases the fatigue factor. But I generally think people ought to get a slightly heavier boot than perhaps would be advised given a manufacturer's specification and the wearer's hiking habits.
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