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: 15.3ozWomen: 13.4oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
- The Garmont Santiago Low GTX is engineered sleek and light to help adventurers tackle trails and pavements with enhanced mobility. It is built with the Anatomically Directed Design technology (or a.d.d.), giving the user enhanced performance through improved stability and shock absorption by creating the shoe’s ankle cuff and tongue with asymmetry in mind.
- An overlay called Heel Lock adds extra support to the shoe’s rear section. This feature prevents blisters and slippage by strengthening the footwear’s ankle pockets.
The Santiago Low GTX from Garmont is a generally true-to-size, hiking shoe for men and women. Its sizing options include full and half sizes. It comes in standard width. Since it is classified as a Performance shoe, its instep and forefoot zones are more spacious. Allowing users to get a precise and secure lockdown is the shoe’s closure system. It works in conjunction with the footgear’s Heel Lock in keeping the foot snugly in place. Its Extended Lacing feature allows the user to adjust the fit width-wise.
What prevents wearers from slipping and skidding on the trail, be it wet or dry, is the hiker’s Vibram S1381 outsole. Scattered all over its surface are deep enough lugs, engineered in different angles for multi-directional grip. During transitions, this sticky layer sheds off mud, thanks to the adequate spacing between its lugs.
This proprietary outsole encroaches a portion of the footwear’s toe box. This coverage (about less than an inch in size) reinforces the shoe further and serves as a protective toe guard.
The Garmont Santiago Low GTX can cushion and support the foot while tackling most types of terrain hazards with its dual-density EVA midsole. It comes equipped with an anti-torsional shank for added stability. The level of underfoot comfort this component provides is also improved by the gear’s default footbed.
Enclosing the foot is the Santiago Low GTX’s below-the-ankle upper. It is made of 1.6-millimeter suede leather and nylon mesh. Its walls are imbued with a Gore-Tex membrane called Extended Comfort, enabling the shoe to withstand the changing weather with sufficient breathability.
The shoe’s asymmetrical cuff, differential ankle pads, anatomical tongue are among Garmont’s exclusive a.d.d. tech. These key players work together to deliver stability, security, and comfort on the trail. Precision lacing and natural flex, which are also part of this technology, create a right-out-of-the-box comfort by allowing this hiker to flex like the foot.