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: 13.7ozWomen: 12.1oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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86 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
Overall we found the Scarpa Moraine GTX Women’s hiking shoes to be a relatively light, comfortable and flexible shoe, appropriate for walking or hiking on a variety of trail types.
Also, the Moraine GTX is ready to tackle almost any terrain, something I appreciate in the diverse landscape of the Pacific Northwest.
Updates to Scarpa Moraine GTX
- The Moraine GTX is given a new look by Scarpa. Although it still has a mostly leather upper with waterproofing from Gore-Tex, its entirety is modernized and redesigned.
- Its abrasion-resistant toe rand was tweaked as well. It covers more forefoot area compared with the last model.
- Scarpa engineers gave the Moraine GTX a Vibram outsole, called Dynatech 3. It features different lug patterns than the previous build’s Scarpa-designed outsole.
Scarpa Moraine GTX size and fit
The Moraine GTX from Scarpa is a below-the-ankle day hiking shoe for men and women. It has an adequately true-to-size fit. It is offered in regular width in a range of full and half sizes. The women’s version is built around a female-specific last. The shoe’s classic lacing system allows users to achieve their desired fit.
Promising traction on the trail come rain or shine is the Vibram Dynatech 3 outsole. Based on the XS Trek compound, this proprietary component gets to stay responsive on different types of terrain without sacrificing comfort and stability. Its lugs are specially designed to provide multi-directional grip.
The Scarpa Moraine GTX has a dual-density compression-molded midsole for the user’s ground cushioning and stability. It is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), a kind of foam that rivals rubber in terms of toughness and stress resistance. Resting snugly on top of this cushy yet tough platform is the removable Arch Suspension insole for support and extra cushioning.
Nubuck and suede leather overlays were used in the Moraine GTX’s 1.8-millimeter thick upper to maintain the form of the shoe. Its vent panels are made of recycled polyester. It is engineered with Gore-Tex’s Extended Comfort membrane for waterproofing and internal moisture management. A sturdy toe rand is placed on the shoe’s forefoot region to shield the toes from bumps and abrasive elements.
Securing the foot within the upper’s confines is the shoe’s classic closure system. It consists of slim synthetic laces, leather lace loops, and plated eyelets.