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.
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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.
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Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
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92 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews
The Asolo Stynger GTX boots are protective, supportive and a great all-round product.
My Asolo Stynger boots are the best pair of hiking boots I’ve ever owned, and by far the most comfortable.
These sturdy yet compact boots became one female tester's "favorite shoes ever" after long, hard backpacks through Yellowstone and around Big Bend's foot-pounding Outer Loop.
[O]ur female testers were pleased to see the Stynger, a Fugitive spin-off made just for women.
The bottom line is I'm extremely psyched on these boots.
A lightweight boot suitable for long distance hiking, this model will provide you with flexibility, durability, stability and comfort for as long as you’re walking.
- The Stynger GTX is a supportive and protective Asolo offering built for multi-season use. Its armor-like upper is nested on the Duo Asoflex Lady lasting board which provides enhanced stride performance and comfort underfoot.
- Asolo engineers doubled down on its water protection. They did so by lining its water-repellent leather upper with a waterproof membrane from Gore-Tex.
- Its heavy-duty sole unit, which consists primarily of a single-density midsole and Asolo’s exclusive outsole, has a generous toe rocker. The inclusion of this forefoot feature translates to smoother push offs.
A mid-cut, relatively true-to-size Asolo cleat for the female crowd is the Stynger GTX. It is offered in full and half sizes in standard width. Users can achieve a customized and secure fit in it via the shoe’s lace-up closure.
The Asolo Stynger GTX’s grippy proprietary outsole called Syncro is made with a combination of polyurethane (PU) and rubber. It uses multi-shaped lugs to give the wearer a secure footing on the trail, especially over parts where the terrain is either soft or mushy. The brand designers gave it a heel brake—a feature responsible for mitigating slips and skids during downhill traversals.
This hardwearing component slightly covers the footgear’s toe bumper for even more frontal protection. The ridges engineered on it may help hikers negotiate narrow ledges with extra sticking power.
When it comes to cushioning and stability, the Stynger GTX relies on its mono-density midsole. It is made of polyurethane or PU, a highly durable material capable of withstanding great stress and weight. The construction of its heel part is noticeably thick for improved shock absorption.
For even more comfort underfoot, designers from Asolo topped this robust yet cushy component with the Lite 2 footbed. It has a kind of contour that gives the adventurer extra rearfoot and medial support.
The ankle-supportive upper of the Stynger GTX is a combination of high-tenacity nylon and water-resistant suede leather which has a thickness ranging between 1.6 and 1.8 mm. It is lined with Gore-Tex’s Performance Comfort technology (also seen in the Asolo cleats Drifter GV and Shiraz GV), making the shoe adequately breathable and watertight at the same. The reinforcement present at its forefoot, the footgear’s toe cap, is made of long-wearing rubber.
A round lace and combination eyelets make up the Stynger GTX’s lacing system. The lace is fully synthetic, while the lace tunnels and open hooks are metallic.