Summer’s a roaring and there’s no better time to take on an adventure like the Mt. Pinatubo trek, that is, before the monsoon season kicks in. Naturally, part of being prepared for this escapade is by arming yourself with the right hiking gear.
Sure, the Mt. Pinatubo trek is among the “easiest” compared to other hiking locations in the Philippines but it’s definitely not without any challenges. For starters, the one-and-a-half hour hike going to the crater begins after enduring a bumpy (and muddy) 4x4 ride for about two hours. (Note: Ash and sulfur in the air will make your hair extra crunchy. Prepare to deep-condition after.)
Besides making sure you’re wearing comfortable clothes, you also need to have the right footwear to get you through crossing small bodies of water, hopping from one rock to another, and just the overall uneven and weathered landscapes. That alone should make you want to invest in really sturdy and comfy shoes. Active brand ECCO has come up with the perfect pair - the ECCO O2.
At first glance, it does look like your usual go-to pair of casual sneakers meant for running errands, lounging, and maybe some light traveling.
But what makes it suited for a hike is that it dries so easily. ECCO O2 prides itself in having GORE-TEX® SURROUND™ technology, making it very breathable. Even if you pass through puddles and get your feet wet, you can expect it to dry up in no time. And no matter how hot it gets, this design is meant to allow heat and moisture to escape.
Having soaked, heavy, or tired feet would be the least of your problems going to and from the Mt. Pinatubo crater. The ECCO O2 is lightweight, versatile, and comfortable.