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: 17.6ozWomen: 15.7oz
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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80 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
These bad boys are rigid.
These boots mean business!
Updates to Arc'teryx Bora Mid GTX
- The Bora Mid GTX from Arc’teryx is a sleek multi-featured boot capable of responding to the challenges of long hiking trips and multi-day trekking adventures. It is engineered with Adaptive Fit—a design technology that renders its internal liner pressure-free.
- Its sole unit is made up of a custom Vibram outsole and an EVA midsole. It is engineered with the Y groove split heel technology which promotes maneuverability and bolsters braking power.
Arc'teryx Bora Mid GTX size and fit
A generally true-to-size, mid-cut backpacking boot for men and women is the Arc’teryx Bora Mid GTX. It is offered in standard width in a range of half and full sizes. The boot’s stretch Gore-Tex liner conforms to the shape of the wearer’s foot for a sock-like fit. The gear’s lacing system, on the other hand, grants a secure and custom lockdown.
The Bora Mid GTX can latch onto most types of terrain thanks to its custom-made Vibram outsole. Its tire-like lugs with aggressive tread patterns have a moderate depth (or height) to help trekkers maintain their footing on tricky surfaces. It has a prominent enough heel brake to give users a bit more control during descents.
For shock absorption and ground stability, this trekking boot comes equipped with a midsole made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). The underfoot comfort it provides is doubled down by the inclusion of a 3D-molded footbed courtesy of Ortholite.
This watertight gear has a thermolaminated upper (or main shell) made of a single-piece PU-coated nylon textile. It is hydrophobic yet air-permeable. It has a hardy heel counter and a heavy-duty toe cap to give the boot extra durability and terrain protection. Its non-removable inner liner is imbued with Gore-Tex’s waterproof membrane, giving the footgear proper defenses against the elements with ample breathability.
Combination eyelets and a synthetic lace make up the Bora Mid GTX’s lace-up closure. The inner liner comes built with a pair of pull loops for quicker on and off.