Hikers’ Problems with The Belt
Hiking is one of the popular outdoor activities that can be done alone or with a group of your hiking buddies. Immersing yourself in nature is not only a great way to channel out your pent-up stress from both work and life, but also helps to work out on your muscles and get rid of the toxins from your body through sweating. If you are looking for a way to detoxify yourself physically and mentally, try hiking!
Whether you a new or experienced hiker, you are more or less likely to stumble onto one of these problems with your belt during the hike. If you are preparing for a new hike, read this to get yourself well-prepared so that you can enjoy yourself to the fullest in the journey of wonder.
Slipping Belt, Slipping Pants
Not all belts are custom-made according to your size. Generally, people wear the belt that almost fits them. But as they walk further in the hike, they often realize their belts are not staying at the right place. In the worst case, their pants might slip as they walk. As a result, it requires a constant adjustment of your belt to keep the belt staying where it is supposed to be. Needless to say, it is never a comfortable experience to go under a pack.
Not all belts are suitable for outdoor gear. Wearing a leather belt with a normal buckle is most likely to cause pain to the hip bone as they are not compatible with the hip belt. It interferes the hip belt from doing its weight-lifting job properly. The inappropriate distribution of the pack’s weight will result to shoulder pain as well. Besides, a bulky buckle might cause you another kind of pain when you bend your body intermittently throughout the hiking journey.
Difficult to Operate
As long as you have a will, hiking is all year round. Different clothing requirements for the hike are demanded depending on the seasons and places of your hike. If the weather is too cold, it would be difficult for you to release the buckle with your cold and stiff fingers. Besides, one-handed operation on the belt might be required in certain circumstances when one of your hands is not available at the moment.
Interfere Other Function
Not all belts of the pants work the best with the hip belt. An incompatible belt often fights against the hip belt during the hike. Hikers usually find it either riding on top or below the hip belt from time to time, regardless of how many times they have readjusted their belts. Tying both of the belts together is one of the workarounds to get them to stay in place. However, this workaround is not only uncomfortable, but also hard for the hikers to unzip their pants when they need a toilet break. They wouldn’t be able to perform this function without untying the belts
Choosing the right belt with the appropriate material and design of the buckle is an essential preparation before a long hike. But what kind of belt should you choose without spoiling your road of the wonder of nature?