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Is ankle support a myth?

There are a number of studies cited in this forum thread. Subjects were filmed at 60 Hz while on an inversion platform that suddenly inverted the right ankle 35 degrees . We measured 5 trials of ...
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How to you wade a river/creek without getting water in your boots

Water shoes You really don't want to be getting your walking boots wet under such circumstances, nor do you want your socks wet. So rather than going barefoot, swap to some more suitable footware for ...
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Can I fix my boots by gluing the soles back on?

Where I live, we just take such shoes to a Cobbler and he stitches the sole with the shoe all the way around within 30 minutes for negligible amount of money. And the shoes get a new life. Your boots ...
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Can I fix my boots by gluing the soles back on?

My experience with gluing boots and shoes is that it never does the job for long. Whilst this may to some extent be down to the glue I've used, I think it is also due to the surfaces having been glued ...
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Is ankle support a myth?

Since you asked for actual studies, I think a study on general ankle support in sports will be helpful (It focuses on basketball and volleyball, but has also some generic information that might be ...
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What makes shoelaces so special?

Aglets, shoelaces being easy to find and in the right lengths, the smooth exterior and if you have the right kind, the ease of tying and staying in their knots. As a hobby knot tyer, (and member of ...
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Can I fix my boots by gluing the soles back on?

They were glued when they were originally made, there's no particular reason they shouldn't be reglued now. It's better than having no shoes or the heel flapping about as you walk. Though the glue ...
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Boots: Does light damage affect waterproofing?

No. If the boots have a Gore-Tex membrane, this is a PTFE film that is sandwiched between the inner lining and the upper. Light going through a glass pane is mostly harmless. For example, most of the ...
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How to you wade a river/creek without getting water in your boots

If going barefoot is not an option, then basically 2 are left Waders. Preferred by fishers standing in water up to waist. Heavy, take a lot of place, and keep in mind, you will sweat inside. Sandals ...
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How to keep small rocks and stones out of hiking boots?

Like Russell said, gaiters are what you need, there are many varieties, most are meant to help keep your feet and pants dry while moving through the bush, but in your situation I'd probably recommend ...
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How to stow backpack and boots whilst in a hammock?

It depends largely on the hammock size and personal preference. My friend's hammock has mesh gear pockets on the underside for storage, but he doesn't mind sleeping with the boots on or inside the ...
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Using hiking boots for amateur rock-climbing

For easy climbs you have quite a good chance to be OK with hiking shoes. The most important property for a shoe to be usable for climbing is, that you have to be able to stand on contact points so ...
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Can I fix my boots by gluing the soles back on?

I've had nice boots glued properly - the local shoe-mender took a look and said "this needs three-day glue, come back on Friday" Wasn't particularly expensive either. Those boots lasted years more,...
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How to stow backpack and boots whilst in a hammock?

Having been in the same situation and tried various scenarios, I've found the best way for hanging my boots is to keep a carabiner with me. I hook it on the loops on the back of my boots and hang that ...
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How long is Gore-Tex lining in boots effective?

There are a lot of variables here so you won't get a hard-and-fast response. It will depend on the stiffness and construction of the boot, your usage, the amount that you sweat, the terrain and the ...
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Can I fix my boots by gluing the soles back on?

My Merrell boots came apart like yours after a few years. I glued the soles back on with Gorilla Glue (original version, amber polyurethane) and they're still holding strong after several more years. ...
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What is the difference between hiking boots and “hunting boots”?

From that linked site, "Hunting" just seems to be a marketing term, since most of the boots appear in multiple categories. Here in New Zealand, professional hunters usually wear rubber lace-ups. When ...
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Vibram FiveFingers or Non-Hiking Boots as a Beginner in Hiking?

If you are normal weight,then I would strongly suggest wearing whatever runners you wear day to day. Your feet are happy in them. Your body mechanics are used to them. I would never recommend 5 ...
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How to you wade a river/creek without getting water in your boots

Carry a couple of tall, tough plastic bags. Put one over each boot and you can wade up to the height of the bags on your leg. You may get small holes in the bags from walking on them, but if you're ...
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How to keep small rocks and stones out of hiking boots?

The two answers suggesting the purchase of gaiters seem like a great idea. The same effect can be gained with socks. Either cut the elastic off of a pair of socks that are worn out. Or just roll ...
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How to clean soaked-in winter salt off boots?

Put them on a go for a hike where it is wet or snowy and not salty. The post How much sea water can I safely drink? has a bunch of words about salt and water in a body. Leather is skin. The same ...
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How long is Gore-Tex lining in boots effective?

I have to completely agree with your quote. Essentially in all GoreTex shoes I ever owned, from hiking boots to essentially everyday leather sneakers, the membrane degraded over very short time (at ...
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Hiking with boots untied?

This seems to be the definition of valuing looks over function. I mean, yes you can hike with the laces untied, but its going to make you more likely to trip and slip around and your feet are going to ...
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Boots or trail runners with reference to blisters?

Blisters are more a function of improperly fitting/not broken in footwear than the specific type, although some kinds can be worse than others. Heavier and stiffer boots take longer to break in than ...
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Creasing in new Gore-Tex boots: reduced longevity?

The primary difference this will make is that they'll be just a little easier to "walk in" as some of the work has been done for you already. At the point where they're truly comfortable they'll be a ...
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How to you wade a river/creek without getting water in your boots

and at near 0C temps, it might be pretty unpleasant In fact it's only unpleasant for the first few seconds. Your feet warm up the water very quickly, and from then the boot acts like a wetsuit. I ...
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Is ankle support a myth?

This isn't an answer but it's too long for a comment. Since I was the author of that quote you snipped and info from BPL (where I'm a member) has already been presented, I'll just offer my anecdotal ...
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What should I look for in my first pair of snowboard boots?

First of all: the boots are the most important equipment for snowboarding! It's good to read something about it but please go to a real board-shop before purchasing them! Choose one of those fancy ...
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How to clean soaked-in winter salt off boots?

It think the best way to approach this subject is three fold. Cleaning the Shoes Preventing Further Damage Use a waterproofing product Here are three steps to clean your boots: Cleaning the ...
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How to identify good winter boots for walking on ice?

Rocky Mountain Canadian here, The easiest way to identify good boots for ice is to simply feel the rubber on the soles. The softer and the stickier the rubber on the soles of the boots, the better ...
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