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.
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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.
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Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 20.3ozWomen: 16.2oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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Of all the boots we tested, our testers found these to be the most supportive and the most immediately comfortable right out of the box.
The Trango TRK GTX is a lightweight backpacking boot with a narrow fit that provides plenty of support and flexibility when travelling across different terrains. It uses all synthetic material and seamless construction to create a lightweight boot that performs well in all conditions.
If you are a hiker that [sic] will see a range of mountain conditions, from mud and snow to rock scrambling, and are willing to sacrifice durability for weight, or the absence of animal products, then the Trango TRK could be a good choice for you.
Think of the Trango TRK as a pure walking boot aimed at climbers and you won’t go far wrong. It’s light, super comfortable, with a slightly narrower than average vibe, and has enough underfoot support, grip and cushioning for all-day outings.
- The La Sportiva Trango TRK GTX is a feature-rich, high-cut boot created specifically for the serious backpacker. This backpacking footwear is made lightweight, thanks mainly to its abrasion-resistant polyester upper. Its waterproofness is made possible by Gore-Tex. The lacing system, which features speed hooks, gives wearers a personalized fit.
- The ankle collar and AirMesh tongue have enough padding to provide ample comfort. The Achilles notch on the back of the ankle cuff promotes better mobility.
- Stability and comfort upon ground contact are provided by the boot’s MeMlex EVA midsole. Its prominent arch zone produces a springlike action during midfoot-to-forefoot transitions. The Vibram Mulaz outsole, with its aggressive lugs, promises grip and stopping power on challenging terrain.
La Sportiva’s Trango TRK GTX is a standard-width backpacking boot for men and women. The men’s version comes in sizes 6 through 15.5. The women’s pair, on the other hand, comes in sizes 5.5 through 11. Women's feet are accommodated well as the designers used a female-specific last in the construction of the Trango TRK GTX. The boot runs fairly true to size. Its custom fit is provided by the closure system which features reinforced laces and speed hooks.
With Vibram Mulaz for an outsole, the La Sportiva Trango TRK GTX can bite into most surfaces, firmly holding its ground. The Mulaz is a single-piece rubber outsole made of Vibram’s Mont compound which is characterized by lightness and durability. It has engineered lugs strategically outlining its borders to provide traction, especially during ascents and descents. The space between the lugs also sheds debris and mud.
The outsole’s forefoot area has a textured surface called Climbing Zone. This area is specifically designed to provide grip on rocky terrain. The outsole also slightly extends to the upper’s toe box, further reinforcing this area of the boot.
The lightweight dual-density MeMlex midsole is La Sportiva’s answer to the cushioning and stability demands of the backpacking world. This proprietary midsole is a durable yet flexible piece of rubber made of EVA—a type of material that’s tough on rough terrain but cushy on the wearer’s foot.
Further comfort and extra underfoot cushioning are provided by the 6mm footbed that comes default with the boot. This removable insole is made of polypropylene plastic (PP), making it elastic, tough and fatigue-resistant, all at the same time. Its cupped heel adds support while perforation in its forefoot zone contributes to the overall breathability of the Trango TRK GTX.
The designers also made the midsole thinner towards the forefoot area to give the boot a toe rocker. This toe rocker improves locomotion by aiding the wearer during toe-offs.
The La Sportiva Trango TRK GTX is a lightweight yet durable backpacking boot due mainly to its abrasion-resistant polyester mesh upper. There’s a TPU Thermo Tech Application overlay that further reinforces the footwear’s upper and adds to its durability. The ankle cuff and breathable AirMesh tongue are padded for extra cushioning. There’s also a 3D flex hinge around the ankle area that provides lateral stability when navigating complex terrain.
The boot is lined with a Gore-Tex membrane. It is waterproof and breathable to keep the wearer’s feet dry and sweat free.
Secure lockdown and personalized fit are achieved through the Trango TRK GTX’s traditional lacing system. This closure system smoothens the lacing up experience, thanks to its synthetic hook eyelets, speed hooks, and sturdy laces.
There’s also a rubber rand reinforcement at the front of the boot, which protects the wearer’s toes when accidentally hitting rocks or roots. The same protective rubber is present around the base of the heel for abrasion resistance.