Our verdict


The Northside Apex Lite Waterproof delivers satisfying comfort and efficient waterproofing. It also received positive feedback with its virtually non-existent break-in period. Conversely, it was criticized for having weak lacing hardware and for weighing a ton. With the reported mishaps, this mid-performing footgear leaves Northside with a couple of items to work on. It, however, still offers enough reasons to entice interested buyers in giving it a try.


  • Effective waterproofing
  • All-day comfort
  • Short break-in period
  • Great fitting
  • Runs true to size


  • Flimsy lacing hooks
  • Stiff right out of the box
  • Hefty weight

Who should buy the Northside Apex Lite Waterproof

This true-to-size ankle-high hiking boot, Northside Apex Lite Waterproof was able to impress those who love the outdoors. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that provides water and trail protection.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that provides underfoot comfort and surface traction.

Northside Apex Lite Waterproof logo

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  • The Northside Apex Lite Waterproof is a boot that keeps hikers on the move amid the challenges of the outdoors. Its leather upper has a waterproof seam-sealed construction which provides optimal trail protection.
  • A compression-molded ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole and a removable footbed amplify underfoot comfort. Providing surface traction is the boot’s rubber outsole.

Northside Apex Lite Waterproof Updates

Size and fit

The Northside Apex Lite Waterproof is a women’s-only hiking boot. It is available in regular sizes and medium (B) width. Generally, it runs true to size. Its customizable lace-up closure grants a snug fit.

Northside Apex Lite Waterproof sizes

Excellent surface traction 

This leather hiker has an abrasion-resistant rubber outsole. Its profile includes aggressive lugs which bite onto various ground surfaces. 

Northside Apex Lite Waterproof outsole

Prevents dirt build-up

These boots are widely spaced, preventing dirt build-up.

Northside Apex Lite Waterproof outsole 1

Lightweight cushioning

The Apex Lite Waterproof comes with a compression-molded EVA midsole. It is a lightweight, rubber-like material that makes each ride comfortable.

Northside Apex Lite Waterproof midsole

Creates a cozy feel 

It is partnered with a removable insole, also made of EVA, creating a cozy feel without adding bulk to the user’s foot.

Northside Apex Lite Waterproof insole

Provides water and trail protection

Making this day hiking boot ready for outdoor obstacles is a full-grain leather upper. This durable material has a waterproof seam-sealed construction that renders protection against wet encounters. A moisture-wicking lining promotes comfort while a gusseted tongue prevents unwanted entry of trail debris.

Northside Apex Lite Waterproof upper

Enhanced stability

Optimizing stability is the reinforced heel area. The cushioned tongue and collar, on the other hand, help amplify comfort. Lastly, the metal hooks and loops (part of its closure system) are affixed on the supplementary strip of leather. This design also enhances the boot’s durability.

Northside Apex Lite Waterproof upper 1