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: 22.7ozWomen: 19oz
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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Updates to Ariat Terrain Pro H2O
- Hailed as an all-weather footgear by Ariat, the Terrain Pro H2O promises a blend of performance and comfort over different kinds of terrain. The boot’s supportive upper (made of full-grain leather) keeps wet elements at bay thanks to the waterproof membrane embedded within it.
- This day hiking boot comes engineered with an Ariat-exclusive tech, called ATS Pro—where ATS stands for Advanced Torque Stability. What this technology does is it improves the boot’s support system and bolsters its cushioning capability, resulting in fatigue reduction and good posture.
Ariat Terrain Pro H2O size and fit
A mid-cut, adequately true-to-size boot for male and female day hikers is the Ariat Terrain Pro H2O. It comes in full and half sizes in standard width. Its classic lacing system provides a snug fit all the way up to the shoe’s ankle cuff.
An Ariat outsole technology called Duratread helps users avoid losing their footing on slippery backcountry surfaces. It features low-profile lugs and aggressive tread patterns that dig into soft-soiled terrain in almost every direction. It also has a heel brake that adds to the overall stopping power of the outsole.
The Ariat Terrain Pro H2O owes its stabilizing and shock-absorbing capabilities to its cushy EVA midsole. It has a thick enough heel that, upon every landing, mitigates impact adequately. What gives users further underfoot cushioning, on the other hand, is the shoe’s removable footbed. It is engineered with the ATS technology, improving its rebound rate and making it extra supportive.
Full-grain leather makes up the majority of the Terrain Pro H2O’s over-the-ankle upper. Its moisture-wicking liner comes with a waterproof membrane, endowing wearers with ample water protection and breathability. Its forefoot zone is engineered with a sturdy overlay for toe protection. A similar covering is seen on the boot’s heel, strengthening this section of the boot for added support.
A secure fit is brought forth by the efforts of the boot’s lacing system which consists of synthetic laces and combination eyelets. The footwear’s padded top collar, on the other hand, gives hikers a homey hug around the ankle.
- The major difference between this product and the Ariat Terrain Pro is the waterproofing. This H2O edition comes with a membrane while the other one only has a waterproof leather upper.