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.
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89 / 100 based on 15 expert reviews
So this boot is a fantastic product for somebody that's looking for heavy-duty but still has a nice light weight to it and you could still do some very great firsts for hiking.
I would highly recommend them to anyone who's got the money and is looking for a heavy-duty boot for anything from backpacking to, you know, some hunting way in the backcountry or whatever.
No matter the outdoor adventures, with these versatile boots you will well-prepared to handle all that you encounter.
Often used as a 4 season boot, this isn’t lightweight by any means but also offers the best durability and support.
Updates to Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX
- The Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX is created ready for longer treks with heavy loads. It has a leather upper lined with Gore-Tex for protection. Addressing comfort are the Auto Fit Collar, Ankle Padding and Flex Point System.
- The sole unit of this backpacking boot includes a 2D PU midsole and a Vibram Biometric outsole. Scarpa designers included a dynamic TPU shank and an Activ Plus insole to optimize support and cushioning.
Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX size and fit
A men’s backpacking boot that fairly runs true to size, the Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX comes in regular sizes and standard width. With the Activ Fit feature, it uses a BD last which renders more volume at the toe area and secure heel fit, yielding an enhanced comfort. Its lacing system brings a customized and precise fit.
The Vibram Biometric, made of XS Trek compound, renders sensitivity on various ground surfaces. This rubber outsole promotes natural rolling motion of the foot while rendering stability. Its aggressive lugs and tread profile are self-cleaning for an enhanced grip on trails.
The double density PU midsole takes care of underfoot cushioning. It also comes with a dynamic TPU shank that gives rigidity and stability. An Activ Plus insole made of polypropylene and 4.5 mm thick fiberglass adds support and comfort.
Scarpa’s Activ Impact technology enhances shock absorbency and increases energy return. This characteristic results in a more efficient and comfortable ride.
The Kinesis Pro GTX has a 2.4 - 2.6 mm full-grain calf leather reinforced with a full rubber rand, giving it a durable and robust upper. The Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining renders insulation and protection against water.
This high-cut backpacking boot features an ergonomic Auto Fit Collar and Ankle Padding System which adapts to the foot’s anatomy for enhanced comfort. Its Flex Point System, on the other hand, allows the ankle to move freely. The Speed Lacing, through its combination eyelets and straightforward closure, wraps the foot securely.
- This boot received the 2014 Gear of the Year recognition from the Backcountry Skiing Canada.