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: 19ozWomen: 16oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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90 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
They look and feel so good I often wear them on my daily walk from Clovelly to Bondi.
Lightweight and cushioned, the Mistral GTX is still robust with excellent ankle support and protective toe and heel. Good grip too as I scrambled over shale and loose dirt.
Updates to Scarpa Mistral GTX
- Scarpa engineers updated the Mistral GTX to be more ready on the trails. The revamped boot now features the Energy II sole which has an increased rubber content for a more grippy ride.
- Its redesigned midsole, which has a ribbed structure, promotes flexibility while being supportive. The additional felt layer enhances these benefits.
- The sole unit has a slightly rockered toe form. It promotes a natural rolling motion and smooth toe off.
- The semblance of the upper is also updated to enhance breathability and pliability. A Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining renders waterproofness and moderate insulation. Its lacing hardware and last used are also revised for a better fit.
Scarpa Mistral GTX size and fit
The Scarpa Mistral GTX caters to male and female hikers. It comes in whole sizes and standard width. It is built on a revised last which gives more volume in the toe box for comfort. Its lacing can accommodate a broader range of foot types, for a more precise fit.
The Vibram rubber outsole features multi-shaped lugs which aid in tackling various terrain. The enhanced Energy II sole delivers durability and grip.
The Scarpa Mistral GTX uses an injected PU midsole. It is designed with structured ribs which grant a supportive and flexible ride. A nylon insert with an added felt layer reinforces the sole construction, creating a more durable chassis.
This high-cut hiking boot from Scarpa has a water-resistant suede (1.8 - 2.0 mm) upper. It is patterned with nylon panels which grant flexibility. The inner lining, a Gore-Tex laminate, allows the foot to breathe and be protected during water encounters. Also, the visible perforations on the upper enhance breathability.
The foot is shielded from bumps and scrapes by the toe and heel rand. It also has a support system at the back of the foot called the Heel Tension System. Thic component provides lateral stability. Furthermore, the boot's lacing hardware permits easy closure.