|How to choose your Bestard boots|
|Which boot for which activity ?|
|Fitting the boot to your foot|
|Cleaning & Maintenance|
Which boot for which activity ?
To make your choice easier, all our boots are assorted by different groups, depending on each activity; High Mountain, Classic Mountain, Trekking, Adventure, Outdoor and Cassual. Of course, those are very broad definitions, and within every group there is a variety of models to chose from: some are sturdy, some are soft, some are light, some are rigid, some have a sole for ice and snow, others for easy hiking and so on.
To be sure that you chose the right kind of boot, we therefore recommend you to consider the following details of the boot (for more detailed technical descriptions of the different materials, please consult the
THE UPPER: Sturdy or Soft?It's important to mention that all materials used in our uppers are proved to fulfil with the highest quality requirements of water-repellence, breathability and abrasion resistance. In comparison, however, Full Grain and Nubuck leathers are more sturdy, water-resistant and heavy than the softer and lighter Split Suede leather and textiles with synthetic fibres like Cordura®. The fabric made with KEVLAR® used in some boots, could be described as an outstanding combination of both strength and lightness.
The rougher, rockier, colder, wetter and mountainous is the terrain where you will use your boot, the thicker and sturdier should the upper be. Apart from the proper outer material, most High Mountain and Trekking boots are also fitted with interior reinforcement in order to make the boot more secure and robust.
For lighter trekking, outdoor and travels and for every-day use, a soft Split suede / Cordura boot would be more comfortable, as well as more economical in price.
At the first try, the softer boots might seem more comfortable, but don't be afraid of the sturdier boots if that is what you need for your activity: even if they might feel hard and rigid on the first try, they will get smoother with time, fitting perfectly to your foot.
THE MIDSOLE: Rigid or Flexible?
THE OUTSOLE: Thick or Light, Flexible or Rigid?
Some of the soles for heavy trekking and mountaineering are hard and stiff, whereas many others used for trekking, hiking, adventure and outdoor are
Some of the soles are compatible with automatic crampons, others with semi-automatic ones, whereas some can be fitted with non-automatic crampons.
MANUFACTURE: Glued or Stitched?
The Classic Mountain boots are still made with the traditional technique of fastening the midsole and outsole by means of both glue and stitching, the so-called Twin seem or Norwegian stitching. This good old handcraft technique makes the boot extra sturdy and it’s only possible to use the traditional flat, Vibram Mountain sole (the one that finally conquered Mount Everest, by the way). On the other hand, after a necessary period of wearing in the boot it will fit your foot like a glove and is practically everlasting.
Both techniques allow for re-soling when necessary.
THE LASTThe last defines completely the interior shape of the boot, and consequently the fit to the foot. Having dedicated a lot of effort in finding a perfect mix of lasts for the boots we make, Bestard uses today a total of six different lasts, of which one is specially designed to fit women’s feet (Trekking Lady). In some models the shape of the last is slightly modified or reinforced by interior padding and insets. The only way of finding out which last will fit you best is to take your time and try the boots on! However, we are always sure you will find a last and a Bestard boot that fits you.
For mountaineers who still prefer the classical leather linings without Gore-Tex®, in our Classic Mountain Boots we also offer this soft cattle leather linings in combination with Thinsulate. In the same series we you also have the option of a combination of Cambrelle outer lining and Thinsulate. This option has outstanding moisture management (sweat absorption and transpiration), thermo insulation and anti-abrasion qualities.
An option for footwear used in warm and dry climates is the Dri-Lex lining: not waterproof like Gore-Tex®, but with an exceptional capacity of absorbing damp and with excellent breathing and anti-abrasion qualities, keeping the foot dry and free from sweat.
THE BOOTIE: Fix or removable?
In almost all models the bootie is fixed to the upper, but in our TOP-models (TOP-Mountain, TOP-Trekking and TOP-Adventure), the bootie is easily removable and lined with Cambrelle. Thanks to this system you can take off the heavy outer boot for cleaning and drying and still wear the lined and cushioned bootie as a light, waterproof and comfortable "in-shoe" when inside the tent or mountain hut.
THE ANKLE CUFF: High or low?A high ankle cuff is needed to provide support when climbing or trekking on steep, uneven ground; to protect ankles from rock and mud and to keep the feet dry. For adventure activities, hunting etc., sometimes its recommendable to use extra high legs, for instance if walking frequently through very snowy or very marshy ground.
For some outdoor activities and every-day use it be more comfortable to use soft shoes with lower or with no ankle cuffs.