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Gear Review: The Oboz Katabatic Hiking Shoes - Trail Tested & Approved for Your Summer Hikes

Gear Review: The Oboz Katabatic Hiking Shoes - Trail Tested & Approved for Your Summer Hikes

Are you ready to hit the trails this summer?

Whether you’re signing up for the 52 Hike Challenge Summer Series or continuing to crush your 2023 hiking challenge, you will be getting out there a lot this summer – at least once a week!

That’s why it’s so important that your feet are comfortable while you’re exploring. That way, you can focus on enjoying all your hikes instead of stressing about hot spots and blisters.

Temperatures are warming up, and it’s the perfect time to trade in your hiking boots for a lighter, more breathable option.

Luckily, we took it upon ourselves to research the very best summer hiking shoe for you and your 52 Hike Challenge summer hiking adventures:

The Oboz Footwear Katabatic Collection.

Laces for Hiking Boots: Techniques, Tips & Tricks for the Perfect Fit

Laces for Hiking Boots: Techniques, Tips & Tricks for the Perfect Fit

Did you know there are multiple ways to lace your hiking boots depending on your adventure?

It’s true: the way your boots are laced is just as important as how they fit. For many of us, we simply lace them up like regular shoes, knot them twice for added security, and hit the trails.

But what if we told you there are strategic ways to lace your boots so you can trek comfortably for long distances and prevent blisters and other hiking-related injuries?

In this blog, you will learn the anatomy of laces for hiking boots + discover various lacing techniques that will help you…

  • Prevent heel slip
  • Increase ankle support
  • Reduce pressure on the top of your foot
  • Keep hot spots and blisters at bay
  • So much more

Whether you’re hiking a rocky mountain or traversing multiple water crossings, get ready to lace up and hit the trails for your 52 Hike Challenge.

Read on to learn all the ways to keep your feet happy during your hiking challenge!

Influential Women In The Wilderness: 52 Hike Challenge Celebrates Women’s History Month

Influential Women In The Wilderness:  52 Hike Challenge Celebrates Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month!

To celebrate, we are highlighting some of the most influential women in the wilderness. 

Keep reading to learn about Female Founders, Thought Leaders, Community Builders, and Pioneers in the Outdoors.

Your Ultimate Hiking First Aid Kit: How to Treat Minor Injuries & What to Carry on the Trail

Your Ultimate Hiking First Aid Kit: How to Treat Minor Injuries & What to Carry on the Trail

Did you know a first aid kit is one of the 10 Essentials you should always carry on any outdoors adventure?

Today you’ll find out everything you need to know about one very important hiking essential: your outdoors first aid kit.

Get ready to find out:

  • What to carry in your hiking first aid kit
  • How to treat minor cuts, scrapes and blisters while on-trail
  • A trail-tested and approved product to carry with you on your hiking adventures

Over 50 Outside: Celebrating 150 Women With One Shared Goal

Over 50 Outside: Celebrating 150 Women With One Shared Goal

Over 50 Outside is powered by Oboz Footwear, Osprey, Outdoor Research and 52 Hike Challenge in collaboration with In Solidarity Our inaugural year...

Hiking Gear Review: The Oboz Sawtooth X Hiking Shoes - Trail Tested & Approved

Hiking Gear Review: The Oboz Sawtooth X Hiking Shoes - Trail Tested & Approved

At 52 Hike Challenge, we love Oboz Footwear because they have great quality hiking shoes and as a company, they really care about their customers' feet - and the planet! Hear why our founders fell in love with their new Sawtooth X hiking shoe.

Beyond The 10 Essentials: Do You Have This Hiking Gear in Your Daypack?

Beyond The 10 Essentials:  Do You Have This Hiking Gear in Your Daypack?

This blog is published in partnership with Tecnu What’s in your hiking daypack? If you’ve been hiking with the 52 Hike Challenge community for a ...

Finisher Feature - T Anthony Bland: Finding Healing From Loss in the Wild

Finisher Feature - T Anthony Bland: Finding Healing From Loss in the Wild

Hear from T Anthony Bland, a 52 Hike Challenge finisher, on how taking 52 hikes helped him connect with his daughter and heal from the tragic loss of his wife. Together, the two hiked to heal and joined a welcoming community that helped them accomplish their goal.

Top 10 Tips for Hiking with Kids

Top 10 Tips for Hiking with Kids

Do you want to start hiking with kids? Do you already bring your littles on hikes with you, but you’re looking for unique ways to keep them motivated and engaged?

We’ve got you covered!

In this blog, you’ll find 10 tips to keep kids curious and excited about hitting the trails. First let’s talk about what our youth will love about spending time in the great outdoors.

Training for Mount Whitney: Preparation, Permits, Safety & More

Training for Mount Whitney: Preparation, Permits, Safety & More

 Is climbing Mount Whitney on your hiking bucket list?

As preliminary permits for Mount Whitney start to roll out, now is the perfect time to talk about how to prepare for conquering large peaks.

Get ready to discover:

  • What makes Mount Whitney such a popular mountain to climb
  • The process of scoring a permit to hike Mount Whitney
  • How to plan, prepare and train for Mount Whitney
  • When to turn around instead of hiking on
  • Mount Whitney safety tips

Keep in mind climbing peaks takes time and determination — not just while you’re on the trail but well before you set out. 

In this guide, we put together an in-depth formula for how you can train for a successful summit on Mount Whitney, plus a whole lot more.

How to Stay Motivated During Your 52 Hike Challenge

How to Stay Motivated During Your 52 Hike Challenge

Now is the perfect time to set new goals. But how often do people actually stick to their New Year’s goals and resolutions?

According to a study by Strava, roughly 80% of people fail to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions and will abandon these goals in the first couple months of the new year. Another study found that over half of New Year goals are health related.

So, how can you beat the odds and commit to your goals in order to make positive change in your life?

That’s what we’re going to talk about in this blog, and it all starts with goal setting. Discover 10 Tips to Stay Accountable to Your Goals now.

Hiking Footwear 101: Pro Tips & Finding The Right Fit

Hiking Footwear 101: Pro Tips & Finding The Right Fit

Are you looking for the perfect pair of hiking boots or shoes? Do you always end up with blisters or hot spots on your feet after hiking?

Whether you’re brand new to hiking or you’ve been hiking for a while, but you can’t seem to find the right fit, this blog on Hiking Footwear 101 will help you!

To bring you the most accurate information possible, we sat down with hiking footwear expert Krystina Beatty. Krystina is an Outreach Specialist at Oboz Footwear, a leader in hiking footwear innovation and design.

If you have questions on how to keep your feet happy while hiking, you’ll definitely want to read this.

In this blog you will learn:

  • How to find the right shoe size for your hiking adventures
  • How to avoid blisters and hot spots while hiking
  • Which style of hiking boot or shoe is best for you
  • Pro tips on waterproof vs ventilated hiking footwear
  • The difference between lows and mids, and more!