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: 19.8ozWomen: 17.1oz
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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The Berghaus Supalite GTX II is the benchmark lightweight leather boot. It’s ideal for most hillwalkers and backpackers wanting to save some weight.
[A] boot that is as light and nimble as a shoe while still offering a modicum of protection to the ankle.
The Berghaus boot is aimed at less technical terrain, typically coastal, valley and hill walks on defined paths.
Updates to Berghaus Supalite II GTX
- Berghaus engineers designed the Supalite II GTX as a lightweight hiking boot able to provide all-day comfort. Its upper is made of Pittards leather lined with a Gore-Tex laminate. This combination creates a durable and weatherproof build.
- It comes with an ethylene-vinyl acetate or EVA midsole for a cushy and comfy ride. On the other hand, a Vibram rubber outsole renders traction.
Berghaus Supalite II GTX size and fit
The Berghaus Supalite II GTX is a leather hiking boot for men and women. It is offered in regular sizes and standard width. It fairly runs true to size. Its memory foam collar and lace-up closure grant a snug, personalized fit.
A Vibram XS Trek Supalite makes this boot grip on most types of terrain. It has aggressive cleats which bite into the ground, whether wet or dry. These cleats are also widely spaced to prevent the clogging of mud, thus keeping a grippy ride. The sole’s upright extension on the toe area gives extra trail protection.
The Supalite II GTX features an ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole. It cushions each step without the unnecessary bulk. It also optimizes comfort by absorbing shock from ground impacts.
This hiking boot from Berghaus wears a Pittards full-grain leather (1.6 - 1.8 mm). It is an abrasion-resistant material which is partnered with a Gore-Tex Performance Comfort laminate for a waterproof and breathable build.
It has a form-fitting collar and tongue which enhance comfort. Its lacing hardware includes metal hoops and hooks while the pull tab at the heel facilitates smooth on and off.