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.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 16.2ozWomen: 15oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
- The second iteration of the Garmont Mystic Low GTX comes with an improved design of the upper—especially its closure system—which now permits users to customize tension on the instep and forefoot more with ease. It still wears the proprietary Anatomically Directed Design (a.d.d.) technology.
- From a Hike Low component set, it is now equipped with the brand’s Hike II sole unit for cushioning and comfort. It features a bi-density microporous rubber midsole and a Vibram S1381 outsole (made of Megagrip compound). The previous version sports a Vibram Trek Buff (XS Trek compound).
The Mystic II Low GTX is a fairly true-to-size shoe which caters to male and female hikers. It is offered in standard width and comes in regular sizes. This shoe is designed based on the Performance fit last which gives it a spacious instep and forefoot area. Its straightforward lace-up closure permits fit customization.
The Garmont Mystic II Low GTX sports a Vibram S1381 outsole made of Megagrip compound. This rubber material has self-cleaning lugs which prevent muck build-up for an optimal bite on various grounds, whether wet or dry. Its angled, aggressive cleats on the side provide stability on bumpy trails.
As part of the Hike II component set, this day hiking shoe uses a FrameFlex Lite nylon insole. This full-length component bolsters the rearfoot while enhancing forefoot flex. It sits atop a dual-density microporous rubber to provide long-lasting cushioning. Underneath it is a PU heel insert which heightens shock absorption upon ground contact.
The Mystic II Low GTX also features an Eco-PU footbed. Its open-cell construction optimizes comfort and support. It is resistant to compression as well. The men’s version is topped with an antimicrobial layer. On the other hand, the women’s version has an additional 3 mm EVA in the heel and midfoot area for more support.
Garmont engineers combine suede (1.6 mm) and nylon mesh in the Mystic II Low GTX. This marriage of materials yields a durable and protective upper. It is reinforced by a toe bumper which shields against accidental knocks. Moreover, to promote its breathability and waterproofing, the designers lined it with a non-insulated Gore-Tex Extended Comfort laminate.
Featuring the trademarked Anatomically Directed Design (a.d.d.), this low-cut hiking shoe has an asymmetrical collar and anatomical tongue for enhanced stability on the trails. It also includes differential ankle pads to keep the heel in place, preventing slippage. Its precision lacing uses metal and webbing eyelets. The strap at the heel facilitates easy on and off.