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.
WeightMen: 23ozWomen: 20oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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- The Danner Ridge hiking cleat, an upgrade of sorts to the classic Danner Light, is an offering designed specifically for light trail adventurers. Its stitchdown construction provides enhanced ground stability. Its midsole, shank, and lasting board are engineered into a single body, giving the cleat a streamlined build overall.
- This shoe is eligible for recrafting. This type of service includes resoling where the hiker’s Vibram outsole can be replaced for a fee. It also allows for cleat stretching.
The Ridge by Danner is a high-cut light hiking cleat for men and women. Its fit is true to length according to the brand. Its sizing options include full and half sizes. The men’s version is offered in 2E – wide, with a roomier forefoot and toe box thanks to the 503 last around which it was built. The women’s variant, on the other hand, comes in B – standard, sporting a low-profile fit as it was crafted on the gender-specific 329 last. Its lacing system allows for a custom fit and lockdown security.
A Vibram outsole called Kletterlift Thin is the component that enables wearers to traverse slippery surfaces with sufficient skid and slip resistance. It is engineered with low-profile lugs along its borders and cross-shaped studs at its center to improve the adventurer’s surefootedness over rugged terrain.
This Danner Ridge cleat is capable of giving users an adequately cushioned and stable ride with its heavy-duty midsole. It has enough thickness at the heel to lessen the shock sustained on ground impact. Encased in its confines is the Bi Fit Board—a shank that bolsters underfoot support around the arch.
Shoe crafters over at Danner paired the footgear’s midsole with a triple-layered removable Ortholite footbed to give hikers extra underfoot comfort and support. It is made of open-cell polyurethane, a type of material that is capable of discouraging heat buildup.
The Ridge’s high-top upper is a combination of full-grain leather and waxed canvas. It comes equipped with a Gore-Tex liner, giving the gear a breathable kind of waterproofing. Cinching the foot inside it is the hiking shoe’s lace-up closure. It is made up of a round synthetic lace, plated eyelets, and metallic open hooks.