Hiking Boots and Trail Shoe Reviews

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Trail Runner Review

The La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II is a trail runner with mesh uppers and a sticky rubber sole that is great for hiking and backpacking in mountainous terrain. La Sportiva is a climbing shoe company after all, so it figures that they’d …

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Saucony Peregrine 12 Trail Runner Review

The Saucony Peregrine 12 is a moderately cushioned trail running shoe designed for rugged trails. They’re very lightweight with excellent grippy traction, they have mesh uppers that drain wet and dry quickly when they get wet, and a rock plate that helps …

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Scarpa Rush Mid GTX Hiking Boots Review

Scarpa Rush Mid GTX Boots are very lightweight waterproof/breathable mid-height hiking shoes with cushioned soles that provide excellent traction and stability. They’re great for use during mud season, that period in mid-sping when snow cover gives way to mud before it dries …

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Oboz Sawtooth II Low Hiking Shoes Review

Oboz Sawtooth II Low Hiking Shoes are ventilated, non-waterproof shoes for hikers and backpackers who want shoes that are lighter weight and less constricting than hiking boots but are more stable and protective than trail running shoes. While they look similar to …

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Merrell’s Moab 2 Ventilator Low Hiking Shoes are the best-selling non-waterproof hiking shoes of all time for the simple reason that they’re stable, affordable, and available in wide sizes. I hiked in them for many years myself, all over the Catskills Mountains …

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La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX Backpacking Boot Review

The La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX boots are hybrid leather and textile backpacking boots that weigh less than many mid hiking boots but have deep lugs, a large toe kick, and a reinforced midsole that offers better foot protection. The boots …

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Astral TR1 Mesh Shoes Review

Astral TR 1 Mesh Shoes are lightweight hiking shoes designed for wet terrain like canyons and canoe portages. They’re perfect for use in wet conditions where your feet are frequently submerged underwater because they drain immediately. I have mesh trail runners, but …

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Merrell Thermo Overlook 2 WP Winter Boots Review

The Merrell Thermo Overlook 2 Tall WP is an insulated 400g waterproof/breathable winter hiking boot rated to -40F/-40C. These unisex boots (w/ men’s sizing) come up to mid-calf for maximum heat retention, they have a seamless wraparound waterproof rand, fleece lining, and …

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Saucony Peregrine 11 on Liberty

The Saucony Peregrine 11 is a moderately cushioned trail running shoe designed for rugged trails that also makes an excellent hiking and backpacking shoe for mountainous terrain. It has a large toe box so your toes can splay out for added comfort …

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Salomon-X-Ultra-Winter-Boots-Review

The Salomon X Ultra Winter CS 2 Boot (available for men and women) is a lightweight insulated winter hiking boot that’s great for winter day hiking and snowshoeing. Insulated with 200 grams of Thinsulate, the X Ultra Winter Boot is rated for temperatures …

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vasque Snowburban II Winter Hiking Boot Review

The Vasque Snowburban II UltraDry is a heavy-duty winter hiking and snowshoeing boot with an UltraDry waterproof/breathable membrane and 400 grams of Thinsulate insulation, making them suitable for cold weather use. Vasque doesn’t publish a temperature rating for them but they’re comparable …

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Salomon Quest 4D 3 Hiking Boot Review

Salomon’s Quest 4D 3 GTX Hiking Boots blur the line between more traditional hiking boots and trail runners, combining the best attributes of both. They have a wide toe box with plenty of space to wiggle your toes, a beefy toe cap …

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Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 Trail Runner Review

The Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 is a trail running shoe built for covering long distances comfortably while giving you confidence with each step, no matter the terrain. The Speedgoat’s most impressive feature is its Vibram MegaGrip rubber outsole with 5mm lugs …

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Vasque Breeze AT Hiking Boots Review

The Vasque Breeze AT GTX is a waterproof/breathable hiking boot with an EVA midsole and TPU shank that’s been engineered to take on challenging terrain. Good for backpacking, peakbagging, and off-trail use, these boots have plenty of toe and side protection for …

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