Summary

We spent 10.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A multitude of verified purchasers found the Skyline Lo Lace exceptionally comfortable, whether used on or off the trail.
  • This Ariat hiking gear impressed many owners with its great-fitting confines.
  • Its footbed was called plenty supportive by a good number of wearers.
  • The Skyline Lo Lace garnered encouraging comments from some users for having amazing surface traction.
  • Less than a handful of reviewers were astonished by the shoe’s excellent hiking performance.
  • A tester was able to break in this Ariat footgear quickly and effortlessly.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Several owners were dismayed to discover the restrictive narrowness of the shoe’s forefoot zone.

Bottom line

There are those who prefer comfort above all else in their shoe. Then, there are those who would do anything just to get a hold of a footgear that offers a glove-like fit. Fortunately, with the Skyline Lo Lace, they will get both. On top of that, they will also get to perform well on the trail with tons of underfoot support in this Ariat hiker. What some might not appreciate in this shoe, however, is its allegedly too-narrow toe box. Overall, despite its workable misstep (workable especially for men—see Fit and Sizing section), the Ariat Skyline Lo Lace still has a lot going for it to be considered worthy of the trail.

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Facts

  • The Skyline Lo Lace from Ariat delivers on-trail comfort and protection in a durable package. It features an upper that is mostly covered with suede overlays to support its form.
  • It is built with an Ariat-exclusive technology, known as Advanced Torque Stability (or ATS). It gives the gear enhanced support and cushioning underfoot, thereby fostering proper posture. It also pro-actively reduces fatigue.

Ariat’s Skyline Lo Lace is a relatively true-to-size, low-top hiker for men and women. It is offered in a range of whole and half sizes. The men’s shoe comes in widths regular and wide, while the women’s pair may only be had in regular. Its closure system grants wearers a personalized fit.

Thanks to its dual-density Duratread outsole, this footwear is sufficiently capable of adhering to tricky surfaces. The geometry formed by the majority of its low-profile lugs provides multi-directional grip. The treads at its heel and forefoot are ridge-like, offering ample slip and skid resistance on climbs and downhill traversals.

This hiking footgear provides balance and cushioning over rugged terrain with its heavy-duty midsole made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). It has a broader coverage at the heel for added stability. Ariat designers paired this cushy yet protective layer with a cushioned footbed to give users extra comfort underfoot.

The Skyline Lo Lace’s low-top upper is primarily made of suede leather. Its collar and inner liner are made of mesh. The interior of the ankle cuff is engineered with light padding for a comfier in-shoe feel. It comes with a supportive heel counter and a protective toe rand both made of a sturdy material resembling rubber. It also has a fabric heel pull loop to make on and off a speedy affair.

Rounding out all things upper for this Ariat hiker is its lacing system. It is comprised of a synthetic lace, plated eyelets, and leather lace tunnels.

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