For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 15.3ozWomen: 14.1oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
Experts are hikers, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.
Are you an expert? Apply to contribute here.
93 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews
[H]onestly, these Aku boots did great.
[T]hese are shoes that can cope with the very worst terrain that Scotland has to offer – outside of the winter season, of course.
The Tengu Low GTX has exceeded my expectations.
They’ll be my go-to hiking boots from now on.
- The Tengu Low GTX is designed as a lightweight backpacking shoe ready for a variety of trails. Its leather upper comes with an elastic Gore-Tex sock which promotes trail performance.
- Its sole unit is powered by the brand’s very own Elica Natural Stride System technology which yields a propulsive stride. The mechanism starts by promoting a more shock-absorbent heel strike to assisting the foot in a smooth transition for a natural toe off.
The Aku Tengu Low GTX is a low-cut backpacking shoe for men and women. It is available in a range of whole and half sizes and is offered in medium width. It fairly runs true to size.
This gear is shaped using the Performance Fit last. It aims to deliver precision for ice and rock climbing. The overall volume and fit of the shoe are customized using a lace-up closure.
This low-cut backpacking shoe comes with a Vibram Curcuma. The large contact area at the toe and heel assist wearers during ascents and descents. Its abrasion-resistant profile also includes cleats that anchor on most types of terrain. These lugs are also strategically spaced to prevent soil and debris clogging.
The brand’s designers incorporated the Internal Midsole System (IMS) in the Tengu Low GTX. It renders underfoot comfort by distributing pressure across the foot evenly and absorbing shock from ground impacts.
For lightweight cushioning, it comes with a double-density ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole. The Exoskeleton construction of light polyurethane (PU) protects and provides support for a more secure and stable ride.
Additionally, a lasting board (4-2 mm nylon and die-cut EVA) yields stiffness and rigidity underfoot. A Custom Fit Soft insole, on the other hand, conforms to the shape of the foot and offers a decent amount of insulation.
The Tengu Low GTX upper combines a durable suede leather and Air 8000 special fabric. The latter is a brand-owned system which optimizes the breathability of the shoe. Inside is an elastic Gore-Tex Extended Comfort laminate which prevents water penetration and expels moisture out.
Trail protection is enhanced thanks to the incorporation of a Liba Smart PU rand. For the shoe’s closure system, it employs webbing eyelets and a round lace. Donning it on and off is made easy with the tabs at the top of the tongue and in the heel area.