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: 10.9ozWomen: 8.7oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
- The Salomon Techamphibian 4 is a hiking shoe designed to address the challenges faced by hikers on trails where conditions can be either wet, dry, or a combination of both. Compared with its predecessor—the Techamphibian 3—this water-ready product has a sleeker overall design. Its vent channels are less disjointed as well.
- Salomon engineers redesigned and streamlined its lacing system. Instead of having five pairs of eyelets as seen in the previous model, this hiker now comes with 4. That said, it inherits the third-gen Techamphibian’s string-like lace.
- Making a return in this iteration is the shoe’s collapsible heel. Pushing it flat on the gear’s footbed makes the Techamphibian 4 practically an easy-access slip-on. Another returning feature in this hiker is the lace pocket where the remainder of the lace may be stowed for a safer ride.
Salomon’s Techamphibian 4 is a low-top, relatively true-to-size water hiking shoe for men and women. It comes in full and half sizes in standard width. A secure and personalized lockdown may be achieved using the footgear’s Quicklace system with SensiFit technology and adjustable heel strap.
Giving outdoorsy folks adequate slip and skid resistance on the trail is none other than the Techamphibian 4’s hardwearing rubber outsole, called Contagrip FD. This brand-exclusive outsole, which is also found in the Salomon Crossamphibian Swift 2, has lugs and ridge-like protrusions built at opposing angles to provide footing security for when the terrain turns for the slippery. Its ability to latch on to slick surfaces is thanks to its razor siping.
Aside from traction, the Contagrip FD outsole also grants additional toe protection. Salomon engineers made this secondary feature a possibility by giving it a tip that reinforces the front end of the shoe’s upper.
With the Salomon Techamphibian 4’s EnergyCell midsole, users are given the capability to navigate uneven terrain with as much underfoot cushioning and stability as possible. Since it is made of EVA or ethylene-vinyl acetate, this shock-absorbent layer can withstand wear and tear, as well as spring back to its original form after bearing considerable weight and pressure.
Joining this foam-like component in fulfilling its comfort-focused objective is the hiker’s default sockliner. It has a contoured midfoot section for additional arch support.
The Salomon Techamphibian 4 envelops the foot in its low-top upper, which is made with a combination of single-layer mesh and synthetic fabric. It comes crafted with mudguards at key zones to prevent abrasive hazards from scratching and scarring its breathable exterior. The construction of its rear zone allows its back panel to fold inwards, making slipping into it rather quick and convenient.
Its closure system has regular lace holes and fabric tunnels for eyelets. Set through them is a thin yet sturdy synthetic lace. Finally, the hiker’s heel strap comes built with a ladder-type buckle for adjustability.
This shoe designed for trail pursuits is meant to last; however, keeping it in great shape is still a must. Follow the tips below to increase its longevity:
- Remove surface-level dirt using a soft brush with some clean water. This may be performed after each use. Note: Do not use a washer to fulfill this objective.
- Dark smudges and marks may be removed using a colorless eraser, especially one that is made specifically for footwear use.
- Let the shoe dry at room temperature, preferably in a shaded and breezy environment. It may not be dried in direct sunlight or with the aid of any kind of heat source.