This time of year brings about a lot of new outdoor activities many of us haven't been able to do during the winter. As the snow starts to melt and you start preparing for your outdoor adventures, don't forget to make sure you gear is all up to par before leaving the house. Of course we all want to make sure we our gear is working properly before we put it away and store it during the winter, but it is still smart to check everything before you head out on your spring adventures. Here are a few things you want to make sure you check before leaving the house.
There is very little gear that makes as much of a difference on your experience in the outdoors than what your boots do. If you're boots are worn out, falling apart, or just not cutting it, then chances are you're adventures are going to be cut short due to wet or sore feet. Before you head out of the house check the stitching of your boots to make sure everything is till good. Also if you have leather boots, make sure the leather is not cracking or ripping. It is also smart to treat the leather on your boots with some leather lotion to prevent cracking, drying, and even help waterproof the leather. Another part of your boot you need to check is your insoles as well as your laces. I always carry para-cord in case I have a shoe lace malfunction.
Even though it may seem like spring is here for good, we know that at any time of the year in Idaho, you can experience all four seasons in just one day. Make sure you always have layers no matter what, and that you have clothing for every element you may face while outdoors. With that said, if you are getting ready to hit the hills but you just realized that you may have put on a few extra inches over the winter, it may be a smart idea to not squeeze into your hunting gear just yet and risk ripping, stretching, or ruining that gear before the season. Clothing that doesn't fit can cause a lot of irritation and be extremely annoying while trying to hike around. Get clothing that fits and get out to lose that winter insulation!