Summary

We spent 6.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many users love this hiking boot for being highly supportive.
  • Several Ecco Exostrike Hydromax reviews have given it excellent ratings for being superbly comfortable.
  • Some buyers use these versatile outdoor Ecco shoes not just for hiking but also for work, travel, and city street touring.
  • A handful of reviewers say that it’s reasonably priced.
  • It’s also easy to slip on and off, according to some customers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users agree that it looks a little strange. The heel cup is quite big, according to some.
  • One customer says his pant leg gets caught in the rear portion of the shoe because of the “dip” design at the top of the ankle, which is annoying.

Bottom line

This street-style hiking boot from Ecco gets high marks for being amazingly comfortable and supportive. Despite its premium price, many people choose it over other brands because of the quality construction and versatility. 

This model has a unique design, which some people find strange. Nevertheless, it’s a great bootie overall, considering its hefty features and functionality.

Facts

Use: Speed Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Price: $200
Features: Orthotic friendly
Waterproofing: Water repellent
Weight: Men: 23oz
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Brand: Ecco
Material: Leather, Rubber sole
Pronation: Neutral
Closure: Lace Up
Colorways: Black, Brown
Size
Small True to size Large
Fit
Tight Loose
Support
Neutral Stable
Durability 9/10
Comfort 10/10
Traction 9/10
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Expert Reviews

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-This boot features a robust construction necessary for hiking at the speed of a running shoe. Chief among its features is the water-resistant Hydromax-treated leather upper that protects the boot from wear-and-tear caused by external moisture.

-Another key component of the Exostrike Hydromax is the ultra-light Phorene midsole characterized by a high energy rebound.

Designed for both men and women, the Exostrike Hydromax is a high-cut boot with an upper made from leather. Thus, it easily conforms to the shape of the foot after some time. The traditional lace-up closure lets the wearer adjust the fit whenever needed. Plus, the PROSOMA T.PU heel cup ensures a snug fit with each step.

Designed for rugged terrain, the Exostrike Hydromax boot comes with a high-quality rubber outsole that offers superior grip and durability for all weather conditions. The lugs are semi-aggressive. They are deep enough to create good traction when traversing wet or slippery surfaces. There is also enough space to shed mud and debris easily.

Even more interesting than the Ecco propriety outsole is the T.PU heel piece. It’s strange-looking but it has a very important purpose. And that is to provide support and protection. While the rest of the shoe is pliant and soft, the heel cup is totally rigid.

This boot features Ecco’s proprietary midsole which is made of P.U. Phorene. According to the company, it’s an ultra-light material that offers unparalleled softness along with improved shock absorption qualities. 

The midsole is produced through the direct injection process, which they call “Fluidform”. Direct injection isn’t a new process, but Ecco’s approach to it is different and much more revolutionary. Through the Fluidform, lightweight fluid materials are transformed into soft and durable solid soles. They use a 3D anatomical last to ensure that the midsole and the upper greatly conforms to the shape of the foot.

The Exostrike Hydromax features a durable upper made of yak leather. The yak is a  long-haired domesticated bovid that lives in the alpine rangeland of the Tibetan Plateau, where few other animals survive. Yak creates an extremely durable leather due to its thin, compact woven collagen fiber and fine grain. 

Furthermore, the yak leather upper is treated with Hydromax - another propriety technology from Ecco meant to enhance its water resistance, longevity, and softness. 

This boot has a unique collar design that is more for aesthetic purposes than functionality. 

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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.

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