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: 21.1ozWomen: 16.4oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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98 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
I'm very impressed by the boot. It's a great value for the price.
[F]or now, very impressed with these Pacific Mountain hiking boots.
While the technical aspects of this shoe makes it a great pick, the comfort of this shoe is really what makes it a Katie Wanders pick.
- The Pacific Mountain Ascend is designed for moderate to semi-advanced backpacking adventures. Its combination of technologies—the boot’s rigid midsole and cushy memory foam footbed, to name a few—sees to it that such expeditions become safe and comfortable for the wearer.
- Its supportive upper confines the foot in a mostly (cow) suede leather enclosure. It comes engineered with a waterproof membrane to protect users from virtually all kinds of wet elements.
Pacific Mountain’s Ascend is a mid-cut footgear for both male and female trekkers. Its generally true-to-size fit favors those with standard-width feet. It comes in a range of full and half sizes. The boot allows for fit personalization thanks to its quick lace-up closure. An adequately padded interior, especially around the collar, gives the foot a plush in-shoe feel.
Backpackers are given the ability to navigate tricky surfaces with sufficient slip resistance with the boot’s MultiGrip outsole. Its lugs are formed into a geometry that enables users to maintain their footing, may they be ascending or descending slopes. For additional control during descents, this sturdy layer is engineered with a heel brake. For extra toe protection, on the other hand, Pacific Mountain gear designers opted to extend the outsole’s tip toward the forefoot end of the boot.
The Ascend uses an EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) midsole for stability, cushioning, and shock absorption over challenging terrain. It comes embedded with a 3/4 steel shank—a plate-like component that strengthens the midsole’s medial section, providing backpackers with improved arch support.
Bolstering the comfort level offered by the midsole is the boot’s default footbed. Since it is made of memory foam, this removable insole gets to provide a personalized kind of comfort with time. It also grants additional heel support with its cupped design.
Suede leather (cowhide) and high-density fabric constitute most of the Pacific Mountain Ascend’s upper. It has a heel counter made of PU or polyurethane and a toe bumper made of rubber. For weather protection, it is imbued with a waterproof membrane.
Volume adjustments and lockdown security are possible thanks to the boot’s lacing system. It features rust-proof combination eyelets, the upper ones of which—the open hooks—allow for quick lace-ups.