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Hiking shoes
Wear boots made of soft leather with thick soles for hiking. Broad- toed boots with deep corrugated soles are suitable. Ankle boots are best for hiking in Hong Kong, for extra ankle support on steep slopes. Sports shoes are not suitable for long distance hiking. Choose a pair that fits well. Wear two pairs of socks when you try the boots on. How to maintain hiking boots Polish new boots with cream polish. Remove all dirt with a wet cloth every time after use, then protect with cream polish. DO NOT dry boots near open fire. Features of different hiking boots

Genuine leather boot
Highly protective. Waterproof if treated. These boots can keep you warm, but they are relatively heavy.

Suede boots
Lightweight boots that are suitable for tropical regions, but less effective for warmth and waterproofing than genuine leather boots.

Gore-tex boots
Gore-tex is the most popular waterproof material. It is light, waterproof and air ventilating. Clothing

Socks
Wear two pairs of socks, and bring an extra pair. Wool or cotton socks are the best.

Underwear
Cotton underwear absorbs sweat and breathes well. It is the best material for hiking.

Upper garment
To avoid sunburn on the arms and the back of your neck, wear a long-sleeved upper garment with collar. Garments made of artificial fabrics and nylon are unsuitable as they do not absorb sweat.

Outer garments
Required for hiking during the cool months. Several light jerseys can retain more air for insulation than a single thicker one, and you can add or take them off as weather changes. It is better to wear two or more thin jerseys than a single chunky sweater.Wear bright coloured clothes, like red, orange or yellow. This will help rescuers locate you in an accident.

Trousers
Wear loose-fitting long trousers. Choose cotton twill rather than denim. Denim jeans are usually too tight and take a long time to dry if you get them wet. Cotton twill trousers will keep away chilly draughts and dry quickly. They are more suitable for hiking.

Weatherproof garment
In cold and wet weather or when there is strong wind, no thermal wear will keep you dry and warm if you are not also protected by a waterproof outdoor garment. Ideal outdoor garments should be waterproof and air ventilating. Materials like Micropor, Hipora and Gore-tex are fine. Choose an outdoor garment or hooded anorak that is long and generously cut, so you can move comfortably even with one or two garments beneath. Try to get one with a map pocket in the front.

Hat
Broad-brim hats are practical. It will protect you from the sun.

Extra clothing
One set of underwear, an extra thermal garment and socks. Put them in a sealed waterproof plastic bag and pack it into you backpack.

 

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