Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

Pondering shock absorption

18th May 2010

There are many things that I like about my Meindl Burmas but one niggle always been how harshly they treat my feet over hard surfaces like tarmac, gravel or dried out grassland. My recent foray into the Scottish Borders was another reminder of this and I now am minded to look for a solution. What I am not planning on doing is buying another pair of boots and the Burmas fit well anyway so alternatives to the provided footbeds are what I have been seeking. Have had a bit of a poke around the web (there's an interesting article on the subject at OutdoorsMagic), it looks as if I'll be giving something from Superfeet a go. Nevertheless, the option of using cheaper shock absorbing equivalents as volume adjusters in my Scarpa ZG10's sounds an intriguing idea, though those boots are largely in semi-retirement now. Another curiosity that I encountered was the idea of using tongue depressors from Superfeet to make lacing more effective. Curiosities aside, I do believe in getting boots that fit me in the first place though there was that one experience when it didn't work out as planned. For now, I'll stick with making my Burmas feel better and I feel a bit of experimentation coming on…

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