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.
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: 25ozWomen: 21.5oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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100 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
The most comfortable backpacking kicks on the market.
If you're looking for a true mountain trekking boot, the Tower Trek should be at the top of your list.
I am thus far, pretty impressed with them.
Protective materials and a thick outsole mean this mountaineering boot will last.
Updates to Garmont Tower Trek GTX
- Garmont created the Tower Trek GTX as a lightweight backpacking boot designed to overcome challenging terrain. It has a leather upper with Gore-Tex, an elastic Schoeller fabric and the brand’s set of components called Anatomically Directed Design (a.d.d.) feature.
- Its component sole, the Tower Trek, includes a microporous layer, FrameFlex Mid nylon insole, dual-density rubber midsole and a Vibram New Winkler outsole. This unit promotes comfort and addresses stability and security on the trail.
Garmont Tower Trek GTX size and fit
The Garmont Tower Trek GTX is a high-cut backpacking boot that fairly runs true to size. It comes in standard width and regular sizes. The boot has a spacious instep and forefoot.
The brand’s a.d.d. includes components contributing to the fit. One is its roomy toe box which allows a more propulsive and balanced stride. The Precision Lacing flexes with the foot to make each step comfortable.
The Vibram New Winkler outsole features multidirectional, aggressive lugs which make the Garmont Tower Trek GTX bite on virtually all types of terrain. The strategic spacing of the tread pattern does not allow mud to build up and it channels water out to prevent slips.
Providing lightweight comfort is an Alveolen footbed (EVA, resin and felt). It is backed by a 2.5 mm microporous layer that goes on top of the FrameFlex Mid nylon insole for a more cushioned and comfortable ride. The nylon insole flexes with the foot and brings stability when carrying heavy loads. A bi-density rubber midsole enhances cushioning and stability. It also features the Progressive Lasting Board that yields rigidity regardless of the length of the boot. This backpacking boot is crampon-compatible.
Rendering durability and waterproofness is the suede leather upper lined with Gore-Tex Performance Comfort laminate. It is coupled with a one-piece construction of the flex insert, tongue and collar for optimal flexibility. A 360-degree rubber rand reinforcement renders protection against scuffs.
Garmont’s proprietary Anatomically Directed Design (a.d.d.) enables the boot to work with the natural biomechanics of the foot. The asymmetrical cuff and anatomical tongue promote comfort and stability. Differential ankle pads secure the heel, and its precision lacing helps keep the foot in place. Additionally, the brand’s Intelligent Flex System allows shin mobility and forefoot flex.
- This boot is compatible with strap-on crampons.