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: 25ozWomen: 22oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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88 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews
[A]fter about two miles, they probably settled in really well.
Not, so far, quite pleased with them.
A general hillwalking boot offering better value for money than pricier options.
For devotees of classic leather boots, these are a perfect choice.
- The Hillmaster II GTX from Berghaus is built for performance and comfort on hilly terrain. A successor to the Brasher Hillmaster GTX, this boot has a redesigned sole structure, giving it a snappier look than its older brother. It also comes engineered with heel support which ups ground stability.
- Berghaus engineers opted for a rubber outsole made by Vibram this time around. It replaces the Evalution outsole seen in its predecessor in delivering the right amount of traction over unpredictable terrain.
Berghaus’ Hillmaster II GTX is an adequately true-to-size, mid-cut day hiking footgear for men and women. It comes in whole and half sizes. It is offered in standard width. The boot’s lacing system, with its open hooks and locking eyelets, offers a speedy approach toward a precise and secure lockdown. The hiker’s collar and tongue are engineered with Memo foam pads—adjusting to the contours of the wearer’s ankle for a more personalized fit.
The Hillmaster II GTX depends on its Vibram outsole in helping hikers maintain their footing on various types of outdoor surfaces. Most of its ability to produce traction, whether the terrain is wet or dry, comes from its multi-directional, debris-shedding lugs. It has a hooked heel (also known as heel brake) that grants stopping power on descents.
Users get to keep a steady balance with adequate shock absorption and cushioning on the trail thanks to the gear’s heavy-duty midsole. Its single-piece build gives the boot a sleek profile overall. Its ability to provide a comfy ride is enhanced by the boot’s cushioned footbed.
The almost seamless upper of this Berghaus waterproof hiking boot is made mostly of leather. It has ample weatherproofing and breathability all because of the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort technology applied to its main bootie. Covering its lowest section is a thick rand that provides abrasion protection. Debris and other intrusive elements are fenced out with the help of the Hillmaster II GTX’s gusseted tongue.
- Its predecessor, the Hillmaster GTX, was under Brasher before the merger with Berghaus.