A Sweet Farewell to the Summer Hiking Season, with Danner

Say a sweet farewell to the Summertime hiking season with these inspiring photos from Dottie Bond at Danner Blog captured while hiking on the coast of Maine. Then click here to get free shipping on your next order of Danner boots at ShoppingBlitz!

Travel photographer, Dottie Bond, takes us on a 5-day tour of Maine. What do you think of when you think of Maine? I have always thought of lobster rolls and sailboats, coastal fog and thick-bearded lumbermen and the spruce-firs that line the Appalachian Trail as it snakes towards its northern terminus at Katahdin. My visits to the state over the years have confirmed this impression: Maine is a Vacationland par excellence.
So when the opportunity to spend a few days exploring coastal Maine arose, I jumped at it. After attending a wedding in Camden with my friend, Kate, and my dog, Romulus, we headed northeast along the coast to Acadia National Park where we began our 5-day odyssey. We slept at the Seawall Campground on the southwest corner of Mount Desert Island—known as the “quiet side” of Acadia—right down the road from the famous Bass Harbor Lighthouse. There were wild blueberries and vistas of rocky outcrops galore. We stood atop Cadillac Mountain and lunched at Jordan Pond House alongside families beset with squealing kids who cried out for popovers and blueberry crisps. Each day we watched the sun rise and set from a new vantage point along the Atlantic—Bass Harbor, Schooner Head, Thunder Hole. When we were not welcoming the day or biding it farewell, we lazed around Bar Harbor enjoying slow, idle hours sipping coffee while basking under the midday sun. This was summer done right.  ..

Source: Sweet Summertime on the Coast of Maine — Danner – Blog

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The Basics of Winter Boot Construction

Upper

The upper is the soft area above the midsole and is typically made of materials like genuine leather, rubber, suede or synthetics. Synthetic rubber is naturally 100% waterproof, and many genuine leathers are waterproof as well. The upper is built around a mold called a last which shapes the boot’s materials.

Lining

The lining can be made of up one or more fabrics, such as fleece, sheepskin, fur, or synthetic materials, and offers warmth, comfort and support. Many boots from quality brands incorporate heat-seeking technologies into their lining, which are designed to trap and retain warmth, plus keep feet dry. For instance, the Women’s Columbia Minx Mid II Omni-Heat Boots feature Columbia’s famous Omni-Heat reflective lining to retain heat, as well as Omni-Tech to repel water and moisture.

Some boots may offer removable lining, which allows you to customize your degree of warmth. With a removable liner, you can switch out a thermal liner for an all-weather liner to better suit the conditions.

Midsole

An EVA or polyurethane midsole provides support, durability, warmth, and shock absorption. Thicker midsoles provide more warmth because your foot is farther from the ground.

Outsole

The outsole is a critical part of your winter boot and makes the boot suitable for wet, muddy and snowy terrains. Many winter boots have rubber outsoles because rubber is naturally waterproof and slip-resistant. Always refer to the thickness and deepness of the outsole when shopping for winter boots. Many boots, such as the Women’s Pajar Snowcap 2 Boots and Men’s Salomon Snowtrip Ts Waterproof Boot, feature spikes or lugs for extra grip and slip-resistance when hiking technical terrains.

Toe Box

The toe box provides a layer of protection for your toes and is typically covered with a layer of insulation for additional warmth and comfort.

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