Ultimate guide to planning hiking trips eBook


Camotrek was created to inspire you and give you the right tools to explore the outdoors. That's why we share valuable information about hiking and all those things related to walking in nature. We wrote the Ultimate Guide to Planning Hiking Trips because we wanted to give you an easy to read source for planning hiking trips. The eBook is free of charge. It's our special present for you and we hope that you will find valuable information in it and use it as a guide to help you plan out many unforgettable hiking adventures.

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Our mission is to ensure better outdoor experience for you on and off the trail. For this reason, we offer quality footwear, clothing, and equipment at reasonable prices.

Our product range includes a wide variety of hiking shoes and tactical boots, functional hiking pants, shirts, and jackets, durable bags and packs, navigation tools and optics, sleeping bags and accessories as well as other hiking and tactical gear from Mountainskin, FREE SOLDIER, Naturehike, Clorts, MERRTO, Bona Shoes, Haers, Naviforce, Maleroads, Wuben, Esdy, REEBOW, Eyeskey and other quality brands. 

Camotrek store always ensures the highest level of customer service and the fastest delivery possible. What is more, we offer free shipping on all orders in accordance with our Shipping & Delivery Policy.

Visit also our blog section, where we're going to share valuable information on hiking, including trails, clothing, gear, backpacks and packing, food, hydration, psychology, injuries etc. There will be more on hiking shoes and boots, their components, features, and maintenance. Moreover, there you can find the latest news, products, and promotions we offer at Camotrek.  

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Packing for a multi-day hike: hiker wearing a hiking backpack


Packing for a multi-day hiking trip brings many more problems and concerns than preparing for a day hike. The right equipment can make the difference between a trip you want to repeat and a nightmare that will make you shudder every time you see a hiking backpack. In extreme circumstances, the inadequate gear could even be life-threatening.

This article is for all those who would like to know what to bring on their next hiking trip and how to pack their gear efficiently so that they could travel light and enjoy their hiking or camping trip more. There's also a packing checklist with essential and extra stuff necessary for most multi-day hikes in the backcountry.

Three major factors govern the choice of gear: performance, durability, and weight. You need to pick your gear carefully and pack it efficiently because the heavier your load, the more often you need to stop and rest, the slower you walk, and the sooner you are likely to stop and make camp. As a rule, the lighter your pack, the more comfortable you’ll feel on the trail...

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Man with red waterproof breathable jacket


More and more people engage in and enjoy outdoor sports and activities. There are various reasons for the increasing popularity of outdoor pursuits, but among the most important ones are the excitement, the challenges, and difficulties under various environmental conditions as well as the opportunity to spend some time outdoors and reconnect with nature. Since both the environment and the heat generated by activities are beyond the control of the person engaged in the outdoor sports, it is important to provide people with reliable sportswear ready to meet the challenges of rough terrain and/or bad weather. This clothing must provide both protection from the environment and comfort. It normally forms a layered clothing system, suitable for various activities to be undertaken in various environmental conditions.

A layered clothing system usually consists of: a wicking and quick-drying base layer, a breathable mid layer to trap still air next to the skin for better thermal insulation, and a wind- and water-resistant outer layer for maximum protection from the elements. For complete protection from rain or water, it is possible but ineffective to wear a fully waterproof jacket because it shields from rain and snow but it doesn’t let internal water vapor to escape. Thus the outer layer must be waterproof and breathable. In our post about waterproof breathable fabrics (WBFs), we...

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Water droplets on waterproof breathable fabric


In bad weather, your outerwear must be wind- and waterproof because it is expected to provide protection against wind and precipitation. A waterproof material is expected to fully protect from rain, snow, and wind and entirely prevent the penetration and absorption of liquid water. Usually, waterproof textiles act as a barrier between your body and the humidity in the environment. Indeed, waterproof fabrics may give you excellent protection from the elements, however, they are not able to transport the perspiration through the clothing to the outside causing a person to get wet from inside the clothing. One possible solution to this problem is given by the so-called waterproof breathable fabrics (WBFs). The technology for manufacturing waterproof breathable textiles has been constantly developing and improving since the introduction of Gore-Tex some 40 years ago. It is also quite diverse with plenty of new fabrics introduced through a steady blend of innovation and evolution. Garments made of waterproof breathable textiles are used by sports and outdoor enthusiasts and professionals in any conditions. A waterproof and breathable fabric combines two distinct functions - waterproofness and breathability. It should basically provide protection from the rain, snow, wind, and cold but also maintain comfort just below the fabric layer allowing internal water vapor to escape...

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Hiker wearing waterproof jacket in the mountain


The main function of outdoor clothing is to provide protection against environmental factors. In a wet environment, the basic requirement for clothing is to keep the wearer dry. Therefore, the outer layer of your clothing needs to be waterproof or water-repellent. But what do these two terms mean? Is there any difference between them?

In contact with water, water-repellent materials form beads on the outside that can be easily removed from the fabric surface. This means that water can’t easily penetrate the material; however, for longer contact with water or with a higher pressure difference, the material will absorb water. Water-repellent fabrics are often compact textile structures or common materials treated with hydrophobic chemicals. Waterproofing of a material is defined as the property of a material not to be penetrated by fluids, i.e. a waterproof material must be impervious to water.

There are two methods for measuring waterproofness of fabric: one that simulates raining and another that subjects the fabric to hydrostatic pressure. The minimum value for the hydrostatic pressure without leaking at its surface, at which fabric is considered rainproof is...

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Hiking shoe construction diagram


It’s important to understand the basic anatomy of a hiking shoe with its various parts and why they are important. Hiking footwear construction depends on the components, materials, and technologies used. Knowing more about these will help you become much more familiar with the world of hiking shoes and will help you choose the best fit for your feet.

There are two basic parts to a hiking shoe: the upper, which is flexible and mold around the foot; and the sole, which is more rigid and lies under the foot. The sole is usually made up of several layers. The insole lies under the footbed and is usually quite thin. The midsole lies between the insole and the outsole and may itself consist of several layers of shock-absorbing and stiffening materials. The outsole contacts the ground and has a tread cut into it. The upper and the sole are made separately. When attached, you get a brand new hiking shoe.

Materials and components have properties which ensure comfort, fit, protection, stability and support. They can maximize prolonged wear and retention of the shoe shape, and also play a role in transferring heat and moisture from the foot. A variety of materials such as textiles, leathers, advanced polymeric materials, and composites are used for making hiking boots and shoes...

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Hiking footwear: hiker wearing hiking boots


Whether you go for an easy day hike where only having some basic knowledge and gear is required or a long backpacking trip where a long list of packing items is recommended,  functional, comfortable, and reliable hiking footwear is a must.

What are the most important characteristics to look for when selecting your hiking boots? Good fit is probably the most important feature of any hiking footwear - your footwear just needs to fit your foot. Regardless of how functional it may be on paper, well-fitting or ill-fitting boot can make or break your entire experience on the trail. Additionally, among the most important characteristics of a hiking boot are good traction, shock absorbency, waterproofness, breathability, good foot and ankle support, stability, light weight, and durability.

Functional trekking shoes are so good that you don’t feel the performance. Their main features of functional hiking shoes include comfort, performance, protection, support and shock absorption. Technical materials, components, and designs are important for an optimally functional shoe...

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Hiking clothing guide: hiker on top of a snowy mountain


This hiking clothing guide is aimed at explaining the basics. That's why the guide offers valuable information about hiking outfits essentials, discusses various hiking clothes and their best use, materials, features, proper layering as well as main considerations when choosing hiking clothes. At the bottom of the page, you'll find a list of other articles where you can find additional information about particular trekking clothes, layering, fabrics, properties, features, etc.

What to wear on the trail? Adequate hiking apparel is a key to your overall readiness to face the various challenges that await you on the trail. Comfortable and reliable hiking clothing should provide protection against the cold (in the winter), heat and sun (in the desert and summer), wind, and precipitation. 

Nowadays, thru-hikers and ordinary nature lovers often look for multifunctional apparel capable of maintaining their comfort in any conditions on and off the trail. This means that hiking attire must have certain features and characteristics to effectively keep the wearer dry and comfortable in various temperatures and conditions in order to be able to respond to changing environments. Moreover, hiking apparel should be durable, breathable, and as light as possible without losing its...

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