Who should buy the Ahnu Sugarpine II Waterproof Ripstop

The Sugarpine II Waterproof Ripstop from Ahnu is a superb package female hiking enthusiasts can be proud of wearing come rain or shine. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that offers comfort, surefootedness, and performance on the trail.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that can fight off odor-causing bacteria.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides enhanced stability over rough terrain.

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  • Ahnu’s Sugarpine II Waterproof Ripstop, the successor to the first Sugarpine Waterproof, is a shoe capable of delivering a combination of comfort, surefootedness, and performance on the trail. Unlike its predecessor, this hiker comes engineered with Aegis—a technology developed by Microban that fights off odor-causing bacteria.
  • Its upper has received a minor facelift. The pull tab seen in the original model is no longer part of this edition. That said, its heel reinforcement for rearfoot support has more coverage than the previous iteration’s.
  • This lightweight trail-centric shoe is still built with Numentum Hike just like the one that came before it. This Ahnu-exclusive technology is responsible for helping the foot remain centered, thereby affording wearers with enhanced stability over rough terrain. It also contributes to the comfort provided by the footgear’s cushy sole unit.

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Size and fit

A fairly true-to-size, low-cut day hiking shoe for women is the Ahnu Sugarpine II Waterproof Ripstop. It comes in both full and half sizes in B – standard width. Users can expect a personalized and secure closure in it using the hiker’s classic lacing system.

Ahnu Sugarpine II Waterproof Ripstop laces

Slick and slippery surface resistance

The Sugarpine II Waterproof Ripstop is equipped with a grippy outsole courtesy of Vibram (the same company behind the outsole found in Merrell’s Moab 2 GTX and Adidas’ Terrex Swift R2). Its ability to deal with slick and slippery surfaces is thanks to its heavy-duty low-profile lugs. 

Ahnu Sugarpine II Waterproof Ripstop outsole

Gives extra grip during off-camber maneuvers

These sticky protrusions are also seen around the sides of its forefoot zone, giving extra grip during off-camber maneuvers.

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Provides a comfy yet stable ride on the trail

Adventure seekers can expect a comfy yet stable ride on the trail with the Sugarpine II Waterproof Ripstop’s Numentum-powered midsole. Its chunky construction, especially at the heel, absorbs shock on impact, making landings safe as a result. The Numentum Hike unit built into its heel zone—the element that bolsters the shoe’s stabilizing capability—is made of TPU or thermoplastic polyurethane.

Ahnu Sugarpine II Waterproof Ripstop midsole

Excellent arch support

Helping the shoe’s springy midsole in delivering comfort underfoot is the Numentum insole. Aside from extra cushioning, this insert also provides additional support around the arch region.

Ahnu Sugarpine II Waterproof Ripstop arch support

Waterproof and abrasion-free

The upper of the Ahnu Sugarpine II Waterproof Ripstop is mainly a combination of closed mesh and suede leather. It is reinforced with waterproof overlays (also made of leather) to keep its interior free of virtually all sorts of wet elements as well as to help its exterior remain as abrasion-free as possible.

Ahnu Sugarpine II Waterproof Ripstop upper 

Enhanced toe-protection

Both its collar and tongue are lined with padding for a comfier in-shoe experience. Its forefoot, on the other hand, is engineered with a sturdy rand for enhanced toe protection.

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Secure lockdown

Its lace holes are comprised of standard plated eyelets, each of which is constructed on a stitched leather overlay for extra durability. They work together with the footgear’s flat synthetic lace to keep the user’s foot firmly and safely in place.

Ahnu Sugarpine II Waterproof Ripstop lacing system

Additional Info

  • Those who prefer hikers with more ankle support might want to check out the over-the-ankle version of this shoe, called Ahnu Sugarpine II Waterproof Boot Ripstop.
  • This offering is part of the “Ahnu by Teva” collection and may be purchased online on Teva’s website.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Women 12oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Ahnu

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.