Verdict from +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • A large percentage of owners made adoring remarks about the Terrain Pro H2O’s level of comfort.
  • The boot’s supportiveness floored a number of Ariat patrons.
  • Some users only had great things to say regarding the footwear’s fantastic waterproofing.
  • About a handful of wearers were pretty impressed with the boot’s minimal break-in period.
  • Its lightness surpassed the expectations of a few hikers.
  • A couple of reviewers were convinced they bought something worth every penny in the Terrain Pro H2O.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The women’s version of this boot runs large, according to a few verified purchasers.
  • This Ariat footgear was blasted by a couple of owners for having a cramped toe box.

Bottom line

Ariat designers seemingly found a way to make the Terrain Pro H2O remarkably comfortable and supportive at the same time. They appear to have also made the boot outstandingly watertight, helping many a wearer brave the inclement weather with great success. With all that said, those who would give the gear a shot should be willing enough to forgive its narrow toe box. All in all, the Terrain Pro H2O, while not ideal for those with bulky toes, has more than enough merits to be considered trail worthy.

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Good to know

  • 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.

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.

How Terrain Pro H2O compares

This shoe: 77
All shoes average: 82
57 96
This shoe: $140
All shoes average: $206
$45 $495
This shoe: 22.7oz
All shoes average: 20.9oz
8.3oz 43oz
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.