Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
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: 17.6ozWomen: 15.9oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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[I]t's so agile, I feel like I'm wearing a trainer.
Updates to Salomon Authentic LTR GTX
- The Salomon Authentic LTR GTX is a fusion of several modern technologies placed at strategic locations to give comfort, traction, and durability. Its outsole features the Contagrip technology which is both grippy and flexible. The 3D Air Mesh technology and the split leather of the upper offer breathability and comfort. They also give the shoe a neat appearance. The Gore-Tex lining provides complete waterproofness.
- The midsole has the injected EVA foam for additional bounce and enhanced responsiveness. Another feature is the Advanced Chassis system situated between the midsole and outsole. It stabilizes the motion, provides cushioning and responsiveness.
Salomon Authentic LTR GTX size and fit
The Salomon Authentic LTR GTX comes in the standard length and width for both men and women. Salomon built this footgear on a gender-specific last to achieve a fit based on the foot structure of male and female wearers. It generally runs true to size. The rugged boot has a semi-curved shape in the forefoot region which promote natural gait for the hikers while they are out on the trails. There is a lace-up closure for a snug fit. It also has a padded collar for the wearer’s comfort.
The outsole features the non-marking Contagrip technology for delivering a blend of traction and flexibility on a variety of terrain. The feature provides enough friction to avoid slipping over tricky surfaces. Also, it allows the backpacking boot to bend as needed on sharp cuts and steep slopes, thereby facilitating the walk over rough surfaces.
The injection molded ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam in the midsole is known for its increased bounciness and higher responsiveness. While it may be a little expensive as compared to the traditional compression molded EVA midsole, it returns more energy and reduces the risk of fatigue.
The Advanced Chassis technology is a combination of multiple layers aimed at balancing the motion, managing energy and ensuring optimal cushioning. It also absorbs shocks and provides additional stability to the hiker by letting the plate flex under the heel when the backpacking boot is handling impact forces.
The 3D Air Mesh technology in the upper allows for a free inflow and outflow of air through the material. The feature ventilates the foot surroundings and keeps the user feeling fresh even after a long day of hiking. Furthermore, the upper uses split leather which allows air to pass through, without compromising the protection it provides and long-term durability. It also enhances the overall look of the footgear.
The Salomon Authentic LTR GTX features the Gore-Tex Extended Comfort Footwear technology in its upper. As a waterproof, windproof, and breathable liner, it protects the hiker’s foot from the outside elements and keeps it dry and healthy. In the forefoot region, there is a toe cap. This component protects the toes from small rocks or roots encountered on the way and reduces the risk of injury from punctures. Moreover, there is a heel strap for easy on and off.
The backpacking boot has a gusseted tongue that effectively keeps out the debris and small rocks. It also provides water protection to the foot. Also, the Salomon Authentic LTR GTX has the breathable textile lining inside the upper. It gives a soft in-shoe feel without compromising the inflow and outflow of air through it. The mudguard, which is added to the base just above the sole of the shoe, protects the foot from debris and water.