In-depth reviews of hiking shoes

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Columbia Vitesse OutDry: A comfortable, waterproof hiking shoe

70/100 by Louise Shirley
Columbia Vitesse OutDry: A comfortable, waterproof hiking shoe
I am an avid hiker and backpacker, and Columbia is a brand I look to for both outdoor clothing and footwear. I had an old pair of waterproof Columbia shoes (similar to the Wayfinder) that I loved and wore for years. Columbia seriously knows how to make durable, high-quality products. I find their prices to be reasonable, too.  The Vitesse OutDry is a comfortable, waterproof hiking shoe for people looking for protection without the restriction of the traditional hiki[…]

Columbia Vitesse OutDry - Does it live up to its name?

96/100 by Robert Clementz
Columbia Vitesse OutDry - Does it live up to its name?
Out of the box, I thought, “am I really going to put these on my feet!” They look great from all angles though I’m not fond of this particular color scheme. They are relatively lightweight yet there is more longitudinal flex in a pair of climbing boots than these. Not something I am accustomed to in a shoe.     Does this shoe live up to its name? Vitesse means moving fast and OutDry implies the outside of something is dry. After 65 miles of h[…]

Fast hiking for any terrain: Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX boot review

72/100 by Jeff Binder
Fast hiking for any terrain: Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX boot review
Time to get back on the trails! What if you are looking for something that is a bit lighter and more agile than the traditional hiking boots, yet offering a little more protection and durability than a trail shoe? I introduce to you the fast hiking boot genre! Inov-8 brings to us the Roclite G 345 GTX, designed to hit the trails on all sorts of surfaces and settings. I was excited to try these on and get out in the elements. The wet season in the Pacific Northwest can[…]

Indestructible Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX shoes

85/100 by Nate Melster
Indestructible Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX shoes
The Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX shoes are more of a hiking boot than a trail running shoe. They are light enough to run, but sturdy enough for some hike through difficult terrain. They have a Gore-Tex liner to keep your feet dry in any condition, and they seem built to last a long time. You can feel like you can plow through any terrain with these shoes.     Right out of the box, these shoes looked built to last with a lot of traction. They come with a big t[…]

Columbia Vitesse Outdry - A light hiking shoe that's great for travel

85/100 by Edie Sequerth
Columbia Vitesse Outdry - A light hiking shoe that's great for travel
I was very excited when these arrived on my doorstep since I was in the market for a new lightweight hiking shoe that I could take on adventures with me. This shoe definitely fits what I was looking for. The Vitesse Outdry is a comfortable light hiker that is perfectly suited as a travel/lighter hiking shoe.       I tested this on a variety of terrain, and I thought it worked ok on most surfaces, but not the best if you are looking for a dedicated hiking[…]

Salomon X Ultra 3 review after 400 km

85/100 by Istvan Keszte
Salomon X Ultra 3 review after 400 km
I have always been a big fan of Salomon shoes for hiking, and the Salomon X Ultra 3 did not disappoint either.     Even though I do have somewhat mixed feelings regarding the midsole, this shoe has been my go-to shoe for short to medium day hikes in the Alps for the past two years in all weather conditions due to its versatility and reliability. My review will be based on about 400 km hiking in it with a lot of elevation gain and loss. For what use would[…]

Columbia Vitesse OutDry: Hiking with style

70/100 by David Cooley
Columbia Vitesse OutDry: Hiking with style
Columbia is a well-known maker of quality outdoor goods. As a lifelong hiking enthusiast, I have owned many Columbia products over the years. From jackets to shirts, socks, and boots, Columbia has been one of my go-to brands. One of my favorite-ever pairs of hiking shoes is the Columbia Plains Ridge. I have owned my pair since 2016 (almost four years). They have accompanied me on countless hikes. These serious hikers are still somehow intact. Given this experience, I w[…]

Inov-8 Roclite 345 GTX - A lightweight trail running shoe and hiking boot crossover

88/100 by Avery Smith
Inov-8 Roclite 345 GTX - A lightweight trail running shoe and hiking boot crossover
The Inov-8 Roclite 345 GTX is the perfect combination of lightweight, low profile cushion, aggressive traction, and moderate support, all in a waterproof package. This shoe is a great hiking boot for primarily trail runners, and a great trail running shoe for primary hikers. Overall, this is a very comfortable and practical shoe, though Inov-8 could definitely improve a couple of aspects in the next iteration.      This review will examine ten import[…]

Hiking with the On Cloudrock Waterproof

90/100 by Dan Biagi
Hiking with the On Cloudrock Waterproof
Hiking is one of my preferred activities especially in the Summer and when I’m on holiday. Last Summer I went for some very demanding hikings in the Apennines and because of time pressure, I ended up buying a cheap pair of shoes which turned to be far from comfortable and not waterproof at all. They were just fine and I regret it. Then, I came across On Cloudrock Waterproof and they changed my life.      On Cloudrock Waterproof is a hiking boo[…]

Keen Explore Vent: A comfortable hiking shoe so lightweight you will want to run in it

90/100 by Ryan Adams
Keen Explore Vent: A comfortable hiking shoe so lightweight you will want to run in it
When it comes to lightweight distance hiking shoes, I am a bit of a self-proclaimed newbie. So when I had the chance to try what many consider to be the best brand of hiking shoes available, I was excited to give them a try. This is where I start with my review of the Keen Explore Vent lightweight hiker. On a first impression, this is an excellent beginning hiking shoe.     As my first true hiking shoe, I am impressed with the combination of durability/pr[…]