Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
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.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
WeightMen: 13ozWomen: 10oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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62 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
Simply put, we didn't find this shoe to be nearly as effective in outdoor situations as many of its competitors, although we did find it to be a nice, comfortable shoe.
You don’t need to climb Mayan ruins to appreciate the Ecco Yucatan–it’s a sandal for diehard adventurists and casual hikers alike.
Updates to Ecco Yucatan
- Part of the brand's lineup of performance footwear, the Ecco Yucatan is crafted lightweight and supportive in order to make adventures—whether on or off the trail—as pleasant of an experience as possible. The comfort it provides comes partly from its extra cushy footbed.
- Its sole unit—mainly made up of the gear’s rubber outsole and direct-injected midsole—is engineered with an Ecco-exclusive technology, called Receptor. This particular sole technology improves stability and bolsters the user’s performance during transitions, including push offs.
- The front end of the Yucatan’s sole is rockered. This feature allows hikers to make comfortable strides and perform better toe offs on flatter surfaces.
Ecco Yucatan size and fit
A fairly true-to-size, multi-sport footgear for men and women is the Ecco Sport Yucatan sandal. It comes in standard width. It is offered in a decent range of half and full sizes. It uses adjustable straps to give users a personalized and secure lockdown.
The Yucatan is capable of adhering to the slippery and challenging surfaces of the trail thanks to its heavy-duty outsole. It is made completely of rubber—a material that is sticky by nature. It is laden with a healthy number of aggressively shaped lugs (also known as studs) to give users adequate slip and skid resistance in practically every angle. It comes built with ridge-like grooves at the rear and a heel brake for extra descent control and stopping power.
What gives users enough balance over uneven terrain and what mitigates shock on ground contact is the Ecco Yucatan’s sturdy yet cushy midsole. It is entirely made of polyurethane (PU), a kind of material widely known for its lightness, durability, and high abrasion resistance. As such, this stabilizing platform gets to endure stress and abuse with adequate effectiveness.
For additional underfoot comfort, the Yucatan comes with an extra-cushy dual-density footbed. It is crafted with the same contoured medial section as the midsole to give trail enthusiasts added arch support. Its surface has a cloth-like texture and its borders a cratered design to help prevent underfoot slippage.
The Ecco Yucatan has a strappy stitched-on upper made of nubuck leather. It has a liner made of a soft material, giving users a nice and comfy in-shoe experience. Its straps are engineered with hook and loop fasteners, making them conveniently adjustable. These straps pass through connecting joints made of a material closely resembling hard plastic.
- Use a nubuck-friendly cloth or brush to rid the Ecco Yucatan sandal of dirt. Gently wipe or brush around the affected areas in a circular motion. Water-based cleaners (those that are also nubuck-friendly) may be used to deal with tougher stains.