Have you ever had your heel come loose in your boot when hiking or climbing? I used to have this happen quite often when climbing large spread out trees over a long period of time mostly when dead wooding or fine pruning. When your heel lifts off the bottom of your boot and away from the back of your boot it can quickly lead to blisters and discomfort.
A quick and easy way to ensure that your heel doesn’t lift is with a boot tying technique called the “The Heel Lock.” Imagine the Jiu Jitsu move for your foot inside your boot! This technique is sure to lock your heel down securely making your feet comfortable throughout your climbing day. Check out this quick video that highlights how to tie your boots with this great technique.
Something cool about the Salewa Mountain Trainers is the bottom lace hook on the boots. These hooks are much tighter than the top hooks because they are meant to grab your laces and not let them go. This is great to fine tune the boot and your heel to the exact tightness that you prefer. By quickly tightening the bottom laces of your boot and locking them into the lower lace hooks, the laces will be held securely while you can loosen the upper portion of the boot to make it fit your foot perfectly.
With these quick little tips you can easily make your feet much more comfortable throughout your day. If your feet are happy, I can’t promise that you’ll be happy but I can say that your feet won’t hurt at the end of the day. Try them out and tell us how they worked for you!