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.
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Lightweight, breathable and comfortable, the South Rim 600 is a real go-anywhere walking shoe, designed for city style and trail-happy performance.
- The South Rim 600 from Danner is a day hiking cleat specifically crafted for warmer conditions. Its upper is made breathable with mesh nylon and suede leather, making this gear extra comfortable for the summer months.
- When it comes to underfoot comfort, the cleat’s Vibram SPE midsole and Ortholite footbed work in tandem. In terms of terrain security, on the other hand, it is the Vibram Fuga outsole that users have to thank.
A mid-cut day hiker for men with a fairly true-to-size fit is the Danner South Rim 600. Wide cleats and stanrdard-width ones are offered. It comes in a range of half and full sizes. The cleat runs slightly large according to Danner, so buyers are advised to order a pair a half size smaller at least. The last used to make its interior roomy and its silhouette sleek is called DPDX. Lockdown security and fit personalization are handled by the cleat’s quick lacing system.
For surface traction, Danner’s South Rim 600 sports a Vibram outsole called Fuga. It is based on Vibram’s Megagrip compound, granting it a kind of grip that works on various types of surfaces, may they be slippery wet or bone dry. Its durable triangular lugs are formed into a geometry that provides multi-directional traction.
The South Rim 600 gets to stabilize the user’s footing on bumpy trails thanks to its cushy Vibram SPE midsole. It is made of a special kind of rubberized EVA that offers improved comfort and enhanced rebound. A nylon shank is placed within its interiors, reinforcing its medial zone for more arch support.
Working alongside the midsole unit in delivering comfort underfoot is the cleat’s Ortholite footbed. This cushioned component is made entirely of open-cell polyurethane—a type of material that has heat-mitigating properties.
Danner engineers gave the South Rim 600 a part nylon, part suede leather upper to grant hikers a blend of comfort and protection on the trail. Its inner liner is made of air mesh fabric which promotes the cleat’s overall breathability. Making up its speed lacing system are synthetic laces as well as D-rings and open hooks made of metal. The gear’s tongue has multiple lace keepers, allowing for a firmer hold on both the laces and the tongue.