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: 15.4ozWomen: 12.6oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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96 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
So I took these boots on a four-day, roughly 30-mile family backpacking trip in August in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains—and they aced every test.
If you’re looking for an ultralight boot, look no further – this one is exceptionally good. It’s light, comfortable and durable and it looks insanely cool.
Updates to The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX
- From The North Face Ultra Series, the third version of the Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX is designed for those who want to go light and fast on the trails. This iteration has an updated overall look, especially on the upper, while keeping its weight at a minimum. It still comes with a Gore-Tex lining for waterproofing.
- Previously employed with the brand-owned Ultra Protect Cradle technology, this successor wears the FastFoam midsole system which optimizes energy return for fatigue reduction. On the other hand, it is still equipped with a durable Vibram Megagrip outsole. Its facade is updated to be more responsive on the trails.
The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX size and fit
The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX caters to male and female day hikers with a standard-width foot. It is offered in full and half sizes. It relatively runs true to size. A customized fit is achieved through its lace-up closure.
The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX wears a Vibram Megagrip rubber outsole. It offers grip on most types of terrain, whether wet or dry. The grooves in between its abrasion-resistant lugs prevent muck build-up to maintain the sole’s traction.
This mid-top speed hiking shoe comes with the brand-owned FastFoam midsole system which includes a dual-density EVA foam. This feature amplifies ground sensitivity and energy return. Comfort is multiplied through the incorporation of an Ortholite footbed.
Support comes from the ESS midfoot shank. This element keeps the foot steady while giving a decent amount of underfoot flexibility. A heel cup is added to stabilize the foot.
Featuring a TPU-coated woven mesh upper, the Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX offers protection while keeping its flexibility. Inside is a Gore-Tex lining which prevents water intrusion and expels moisture out. A TPU toe cap is added to shield the foot against accidental bumps.
The supplementary features of the upper are designed to maintain the shoe’s lightness. One of these attributes include its welded eyestay and quarter underlay which enhances the shoe’s durability. Its closure system employs combination eyelets, primarily webbing loops. A pull tab is added at the top of its padded tongue and at the heel area to assist during on and off.
- This Ultra Fastpack III silhouette also comes in a low-cut GTX variant and woven versions.