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Pleasanton, CA (May 5, 2008) – Zamberlanâ„¢ , the leading producer of world-class outdoor boots, provides outdoor preparedness tips for safe hiking this spring and recommends Vicenza collection of boot styles ideal for backpacking and trail hiking.
Safety comes first and there are important steps you can take to be prepared and get the most out of your next outdoor adventure whether hiking in the Grand Canyon, exploring the backcountry or the trails near home. Along with top rated gear, there are key essentials to pack for any hike. And, keep in mind that Spring climates present a new set of cautions everyone should be aware of.
â€œIn addition to the proper gear, always pack the ten essentials on any hike. These essentials include a topographic map, compass, extra food, extra clothing, fire starter, matches, sun protection, a pocket knife, first-aid kit, and flashlight. Spring hiking carries its own unique dangers, including swollen creeks to cross and fluctuating weather conditions, so pack the essentials and plenty of common sense,â€ said Lauren Braden, communications director, Washington Trail Association.
â€œAnother key component in this list is the knowledge in using the map, compass, familiarity about angles and aspects regarding potential spring wet release areas and weather forecasts. Having the 10 essentials is good. Knowing how to use them can be life saving,â€ said Ernest Shiwanov, outdoor enthusiast and editor-at-large of Inside Outdoor Magazine.
According to the Washington Trail Association, these are extra important for spring hiking:
*Layers, even though it’s spring – plenty of layers made of materials such as wool or polypropylene that wick sweat and moisture away from the body, and provide warmth.
*Hiking poles or a hiking stick â€“ these can help with stability and balance when crossing streams swollen with snowmelt.
*Plenty of extra water â€“ hiking is strenuous exercise so bring along plenty of extra water.
A few extra items to put in the backpack include:
*Emergency shelter and/or sleeping bag – seriously consider carrying these in case spending the night becomes a necessity.
*Avalanche beacon – in avalanche country, consider carrying an avalanche beacon. And know how to use it properly. Bring at least two beacons.
Proper Boots Essential for any Outdoor trek
Zamberlanâ„¢ hiking boots are ideal for all outdoor activities. Whether it’s extended backpacking trips or weekend hikes the Vicenza Collection of classic Italian boots employ premium Italian leathers for improved water resistance and durability plus high resistance hardware to handle the hits and scuffs common in outdoor activities.
â€œIt was blustery with intermittent showers, snow showers, mild whiteout conditions and the ever present wind. At 8600 feet, where the Palmer Lift Chair ends, I decided to bail. I skied down using the 4060 Peak Gt RR Plus as my ski boots. The boots happen to fit my feet well–that’s a plus. That rarely happens to anyone. Overall, a beautifully hand-made boot with an Italian legacy. The 4060’s and 4050’s are world class boots with technology to match,â€ said Ernest Shiwanov, outdoor enthusiast and editor-at-large of Inside Outdoor Magazine.
Zamberlanâ„¢ pays the strictest attention to quality for all its materials to ensure the highest levels of comfort, durability and performance. The most important aspect of any boot is a comfortable fit and the last is essential to give footwear the correct fit. Zamberlanâ„¢ lasts will offer a snug and sculptured heel pocket that will firmly hold the heel in place, a good support for the ankle and arch, and a correct flex to match the natural flex point of the foot.
About the Vicenza Collection
This collection includes the 996 VIOZ GT, 636 BAFFIN GT and 310 SKILL GT models. The newly added MONTANA, PANTHER, OREGON, and CERVINO models will cap off the Collection. The OREGON and CERVINO models represent the authenticity, tradition, and attention to detail that is characteristic of Zamberlanâ„¢. Constructed with an authentic Norwegian welted sole and leather and GORE-TEXÂ® lining, these represent true Italian craftsmanship. The 992 PANTHER is a non GORE-TEXÂ®, leather-lined, constructed full-grain black leather boot best suited for police, park rangers and postal workers – basically anyone working outdoors that require protective, supportive and comfortable footwear. The 960 MONTANA is a full leather heavy-duty backpacking boot with a full-wrap-around protective rand and built on a wide last.
Zamberlanâ„¢ creates must have, world-class boots for outdoor activities, everyday use, adventure travel, summer walking and mountain-sport activities. The Zamberlan â„¢ Company, after nearly 80 years of boot manufacturing, is still a family run business, with the third generation actively taking part in all stages of design and production. Technology, modern machinery, new materials and construction methods have always been key factors to grant the highest standards of quality and consistency. Because many of Zamberlanâ„¢ employees have been with the company for decades making valuable contributions, Zamberlanâ„¢’s mission is to give back to the communities in which their employees live and work.
Based in Vicenza, Italy, Zamberlanâ„¢ products are available through specialty outdoor retailers as well as through www.Zamberlanâ„¢ store.com.