I use trail running shoes when hiking about 75% of the time. I own hiking boots and I own insulated snow boots. Both have their place but my trail running shoes are my 3 season go-to shoes. This post is primarily about understanding why you don’t need hiking boots in most cases and where trail running shoes are and are not appropriate.
The REI Tarn 12 is a hiking backpack designed to fit 5-8 year olds. It’s made of rugged material, has a few features that you would expect in an outdoor focused bag and looks pretty cool. It’s also cheap enough that you can pretty easily justify it when it goes on sale.
Getting your child interested in hiking isn’t always easy or straightforward but it will pay dividends for the rest of their lives. The benefits may not be obvious to a small child, however. This post is is intended to give you some ideas about how to get your son or daughter interested in hiking.
Blisters are the worst thing that can happen during a hiking trip with the exception of being attacked by a couple hundred pounds of pure muscle and claws. So, short of Wolverine jumping you in the middle of a forest the thing you should fear the most is… friction. Blisters are caused by friction and a good way to frame the problem is to understand that you’re not trying to prevent blisters, you’re trying to reduce friction.