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: 28.2ozWomen: 22.9oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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Updates to Kayland Globo GTX
- Kayland’s Globo GTX is a versatile footgear designed for backpacking adventures no matter the season. Its single-piece leather upper comes engineered with a Gore-Tex membrane to shield the wearer from moist and other wet elements.
- The soles of the Globo GTX are engineered to deliver terrain protection, security, and comfort all at the same time. The bottom-most layer is one Vibram outsole, called Foura Evo, while the one right on top of it is the boot’s polyurethane (PU) midsole.
Kayland Globo GTX size and fit
A mid-cut Kayland boot for both male and female backpackers is the Globo GTX. Its fairly true-to-size fit is targeted at wearers with regular-width feet. It is offered in a range of half and whole sizes. The footwear is built on the Ergo Comfort last which gives it a wider interior. The women’s version, in particular, is crafted around the Lady last—making its confines narrower at the heel. The boot’s lacing system provides a personalized and secure fit, while its adequately padded collar gives the foot a comfy hug.
Backpackers are promised slip and skid prevention over different types of terrain with the Globo GTX’s Vibram Foura Evo outsole. It is capable of producing the right amount of grip, thanks to the treaded protrusions (also known as lugs) dotting its surface. These lugs can self-clean with each step, shaking off debris and other sticky substances in the process. The outsole’s forefoot zone has a flexion line that enables the foot to roll with much ease. Its rearfoot region, on the other hand, has an under-cut marked heel for extra braking power.
Kayland engineers outfitted this boot with a hardwearing mono-density PU midsole to give wearers a stable and comfortable ride over uneven terrain. It is made thick at the heel to lessen the effect of impact on every landing. The removable footbed that comes with it enhances cushioning underfoot.
Coming in earthy in terms of looks is the Globo GTX’s nubuck leather upper. As it is engineered with Gore-Tex’s Performance Comfort tech, the boot gets to keep virtually all sorts of wet elements at bay. This waterproofing technology can also expel heat and moisture from the inside. The bottom region of the upper is reinforced with a rubber rand, giving the footwear 360-degree protection from cuts and abrasions.
The boot has a subtle shimmer to it thanks to the metallic hardware (eyelets) making up half of its lacing system. Crisscrossing through these eyelets are sturdy laces made of synthetic cords.