Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
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: 10.6ozWomen: 8.9oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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98 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
It’s easy to justify the price, as they’re such a versatile and comfortable shoe that won’t turn into a nasty river shoe after the first wear.
I feel great knowing that I can tackle anything my day throws at me, without having to consider a change of footwear.
Updates to Astral TR1 Mesh
- The Astral TR1 Mesh is made ready for diverse trails—from desert terrain to water adventures. Its ripstop 2D mesh upper reinforced with TPU toe and heel cap creates a breathable, durable and fast-drying footgear.
- The G.15 compound allows the shoe to tackle various trails. Its soft yet sturdy composition adapts to ground surfaces and secure traction.
- Thanks to the EVA midsole with Top Shank, an EVA heel cup and a removable insole with Polygiene treatment, a comfortable and cushioned ride is granted to the user. These features also give support.
Astral TR1 Mesh size and fit
The Astral TR1 Mesh day hiking shoe fits true to size. It is offered in men and women’s regular sizing and standard width. The instep and heel area is tapered for a more secure footing. The forefoot is roomy enough for natural splaying of toes, enhancing stability. Its lace-up closure allows a personalized fit.
To give the TR1 Mesh a grippy sole, Astral designers equipped it with the brand’s patented rubber compound, the G.15. This high-friction rubber is abrasion resistant and employs 5 mm deep lugs to bite on most terrain. It is made softer to increase ground sensitivity.
A cushioned EVA midsole with Top Shank helps reduce fatigue. It is designed with only a 1 mm drop from heel to ball to promote balance and natural biomechanics of the foot.
The midsole works with an EVA heel cup and a removable insole treated with Polygiene. This treatment renders an odor-free environment as it prevents the growth of odor-causing bacteria.
The upper of this low-cut day hiking shoe uses a ripstop 2D mesh. This material enables quick-drying of the TR1 Mesh after getting soaked in water. Likewise, it maximizes ventilation. A TPU toe and heel cap are added to protect the foot while a heel tab assists in on and off. Drainage is placed at the toes to facilitate water removal while preventing entry of silts.
- The Foot to Ground distance is 20 mm at the ball and 21 mm at the heel.