Summary

We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A good percentage of Stuiben II reviewers praised the boot’s eye-catching looks.
  • Numerous users found this Hanwag footwear amazingly comfortable.
  • This boot wowed a handful of owners with its quality construction.
  • Several wearers regarded the Hanwag Stuiben II as a highly recommendable product.
  • A couple of hikers gave the boot proper recognition for its remarkably grippy outsole.
  • Less than a handful of user reviews admired the footgear’s accurate fit.

1 reasons not to buy

  • One purchaser was let down by the boot’s rather expensive price tag.

Bottom line

With its awesome design and high amounts of comfort, the Stuiben II from Hanwag generally received positive remarks. Add to those qualities the boot’s overall excellent build, and wearers would be left with only two choices: buy it or recommend it. That said, the second generation Stuiben is not without a Kryptonite. Indeed, its steep asking price appears to be its greatest weakness. Overall, this Hanwag boot is a keeper, considering how well it is made from top to bottom. Those who are on a tight budget might want to steer clear though.

Facts

Rankings

A top 5% best hiking boot
A top rated Hanwag hiking boot
A popular pick

  • The Stuiben II is a day hiking boot with a golden khaki upper. It is still made of suede leather, although its finish is smoother than the first edition’s. 
  • Making a comeback is the padded construction of the ankle cuff. Also seeing a return in this iteration is the Chrome-free leather lining.
  • Hanwag designers simplified and streamlined the leather hiking boot’s lacing setup. This new version has 7 pairs of lace hooks instead of 8. The boot now also comes with a metallic lace keeper securely attached to the tongue. 

A fairly true-to-size, mid-cut day hiking boot for men is the Hanwag Stuiben II. It is offered in D – standard width. It is listed in a wealth of sizes, both half and full. The boot’s fairly standard lacing system makes personalized fit configurations possible.

Granting hikers surefootedness over rocky trails is the Hanwag ZT outsole. It is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) rubber. It is designed and constructed in such a way that balances traction and stability. The angular and patterned lugs on its surface bite into a variety of terrain types. Its slightly raised heel (wedge sole) and the absence of lugs around its arch zone give the boot a heel brake—a feature that assists users when navigating down slopes. 

The Stuiben II has a cushy EVA midsole for underfoot comfort and ground contact protection. Its tapered construction allows for safe landings and smooth transitions and toe offs. Additional cushioning is brought forth by the boot’s default footbed. 

Layers of leather make up almost the entirety of the Stuiben II’s upper—from the exterior’s doubly stitched suede leather shell to the interior’s chromium-free, anti-allergic leather lining. Its soft, padded collar is made of leather as well.  

The boot comes with flat, synthetic laces. They pass through metallic hooks and loops the latter of which are partially engineered with ball bearings to make lace adjustments quick and convenient.

 
Author
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.

paul@runrepeat.com