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: 22ozWomen: 17.9oz
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal, Wide
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Providing all-year-round comfort, the Scarpa Kailash Plus GTX comes with sturdy nubuck upper and Gore-Tex laminate. This duo amplifies its weather protection.
Underfoot features include a light PU midsole and Vibram Biometric outsole. The former takes care of cushioning while the latter is in charge of traction. The boot comes with ACTIVimpact technology, a construction method that maximizes the absorption of negative ground impacts for a more comfy ride.
This Scarpa product is shaped using the narrow TM last which provides a snug fit at the heel. With its lacing system, users can adjust the overall volume and fit.
This hiking boot employs a Vibram Biometric outsole. It uses the XS Trek compound which balances durability and traction. Large, aggressive lugs are seen on its surface. They anchor into ground surfaces and help keep a steady footing over rugged terrain.
There are self-cleaning grooves that prevent muck build-up, maintaining the traction of the backpacking boot. The forefoot region has increased surface contact for optimal grip during ascents.
A light PU midsole keeps the user’s foot cushioned without weighing it down. In the heel area, the brand’s designers added a low-density EVA foam to optimize shock absorption. The Comfort Flex Plus insole (5 mm thick) is made of a combination of polypropylene and fiberglass and is coated with compressed felt. This material enhances support and comfort.
The upper of this high-cut hiking boot from Scarpa wears 1.8 mm nubuck leather. This durable material is lined with Gore-Tex Performance Comfort which creates a waterproof, breathable and moderately insulated interior. The TPU toe cap protects the foot from tough technical terrain.
In the ankle region, a component called Flex Point (a special upper design) allows freedom of movement, especially during active use. Inside is a memory foam which adapts to the user’s foot for enhanced comfort.
The boot features Heel Tension, a support structure which amplifies stability. Lastly, its speed lacing system employs bi-component hardware—steel and plastic—that permits quick fit adjustment.