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: 14.4ozWomen: 12.1oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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Updates to La Sportiva Stream GTX
- La Sportiva’s Stream GTX is ideal for those who wish to hit the trail with as much agility and airy comfort as possible. Its upper’s ventilation system is a collaboration between the boot’s Nano Cell 2.0 technology and Gore-Tex’s Surround technology.
- The boot’s compression-molded midsole comes engineered with the STB system—a company-exclusive tech that gives more stability and flexibility. It is also crafted with aeration channels courtesy of Gore-Tex for extra breathability.
La Sportiva Stream GTX size and fit
A mid-cut boot offering a fairly true-to-size fit for male and female day hikers is the Stream GTX from La Sportiva. It is targeted at individuals with regular-width feet. It is listed in half and whole sizes. The women’s version is built around a type of last that follows the contours of the female foot. The boot’s closure system provides a secure and precise fit.
Wearers are promised a responsive kind of surface traction with the Stream GTX’s multi-lugged Vibram XS Trek outsole. It has been optimized to strike a balance between longevity and grip effectiveness. It has also been engineered in a way that contributes to the boot’s overall comfort and stability.
Over at the heel is La Sportiva’s Impact Brake System (IBS). This brand-owned technology is responsible for enhancing the outsole’s braking power. It also decreases impact forces received by the outsole.
What offers footing balance and ground protection on the trail is the La Sportiva Stream GTX’s sturdy yet cushy EVA midsole. The STB technology with which it is engineered places TPU inserts or stabilizers on its medial section and lateral sidewalls for enhanced flexibility and stability. Its sides are engineered with Gore-Tex Surround aeration channels, lightning-shaped vent holes that double down on breathability.
Sitting securely atop this feature-rich midsole is the gear’s 5-millimeter Ortholite footbed. It offers extra underfoot comfort thanks to its adequately padded construction.
The Stream GTX puts breezy comfort into the forefront by having an abrasion-resistant mesh upper that is imbued with a breathable technology, called Nano Cell 2.0. The Gore-Tex Surround serving as the boot’s liner further bolsters breathability while preventing intrusive water from getting in. Its heel and toe zones are wrapped in PU Techlite, making the gear even more resistant to abrasion-inducing hazards. Rounding out all things upper is the Stream GTX’s quick lacing system which features a pair of open hooks at the top.