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: 22.6ozWomen: 20oz
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Updates to Ecco Xpedition III Mid GTX
- Aside from its noticeable new look, minimal revisions were made in Ecco’s Xpedition III GTX mid-cut boots. From a combination of leather and mesh, the upper is now made of nubuck leather. It still comes with a waterproof membrane from by Gore-Tex.
- Embedded with the forefoot propulsion plate and midfoot shank, the midsole is anatomically designed to enhance stability. It has also been constructed through the same DIP (direct-injected PU) foam process, similar to its previous version.
- Just like its predecessor, the shoe features the Receptor technology that mirrors human motion. The innovators from Ecco came up with this creation while studying the natural foot movement and its nerve receptors. The result is a set of components that provides smoother energy transition and striding.
Ecco Xpedition III Mid GTX size and fit
The Ecco’s Xpedition III Mid GTX caters to both genders. It is offered in standard width and a selection of lengths. It fairly runs true to size. The traditional lace-up closure delivers a snug and customized fit. Built on a roomy last, this footgear grants hiking comfort.
The Xpedition III Mid GTX hiking boot is made with a durable rubber sole that has deep treads. This shoe is designed with the dual axis flex channels that replicate the natural bare foot’s flex pattern to allow ease of flexion and provide additional strength during the push-off phase. For steadiness and balance, the heel area is made with the Earth sensoring unit and 20° angle of attack to facilitate the sensing of the ground. it allows the brain to receive vital information from the foot’s nerve receptors.
The Receptor technology is responsible for providing overall shoe support and momentum boosts. It is designed to reduce muscle fatigue and doesn't limit the foot activity. The boot moves together with its wearer, thus providing more flexibility, stability and dynamic support upon impact.
The Xpedition III Mid GTX uses the direct-injected polyurethane (PU) foam. This light and flexible material has a shock-absorbing ability. Without using any glue or stitching, the PU foam is injected directly into the sole. This method contributes to a firm link between the sole and upper, delivering durability and longevity.
The exo-skeletal wrap-around shank is inserted to hold the ligament in place, especially during the mid stance phase to emphasize steadiness. The forefoot propulsion plate provides additional torque during the push-off phase. It is based on the biomechanics of the foot’s geometry while encountering terrain ascend and descend.
The upper is made of a type of leather called nubuck. This material is characterized by its velvet-like surface and wear resistance. It is built with a mid-cut design to give ankle support to the user. The toe and heel areas are reinforced for abrasion resistance.
The Ecco Xpedition III Mid GTX uses the Gore-Tex membrane, a breathable and waterproof technology. It is a thin layer of water impervious material that lets moisture to escape, keeping the foot dry.