Updates to Northside Pioneer Waterproof

  • Northside engineers designed the Pioneer Waterproof with casual comfort in mind. Its rugged upper protects users from outdoor obstacles. Its protective features include a scuff-proof toe cap and gusseted tongue.
  • The rockered profile (which helps during push-offs) of the boot is attributed to its cushy midsole and tacky outsole. The former works with an EVA insole in delivering comfort. The latter is in contact with the ground for traction.

Size and fit

The Pioneer Waterproof is a mid-top day hiking boot from Northside. It caters to female hikers with a medium-width foot. Also, it is offered in whole and half sizes. Generally, it runs true to size. The boot’s traditional lace-up closure helps grant a snug, customized fit.


Making this boot stick to ground surfaces is its abrasion-resistant rubber outsole. The arch-like lugs (on the rearfoot and forefoot) are facing opposite directions to provide multidirectional traction. The large studs along the side of the sole yields stability, especially when tackling rugged terrain. The tip of the toe and heel area comes with ridges to assist on ascents and descents.


The cushioning midsole of the Northside Pioneer Waterproof renders a comfortable ride to users. It is particularly thick at the heel area to maximize shock absorption. This material works with the boot’s ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) insole for added comfort. Its heel cup gives stability.  


The waterproof upper of this day hiking boot uses suede leather with mesh inserts for breathability. Inside is a lining which wicks moisture away from the foot to maintain a fresh feel. Its synthetic, padded collar helps enhance comfort. The toe area is reinforced to safeguard against accidental knocks.

Preventing entry of loose trail debris is its gusseted tongue. To manage fit, it employs combination eyelets which allow quick adjustments.  Lastly, the pull strap at the heel assists wearers in donning and doffing the boot.


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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.