- Amazing in-shoe comfort
- Insanely lightweight
- Supportive arch
- Lasting construction
- Above-average traction
- Recycled rubber used
- Attractive design
- Subpar ventilation
- Unruly laces
Who should buy the Timberland Euro Hiker
A remarkable product in both form and function, the Euro Hiker delivers in full swing when the going gets tough without the hefty price tag. It is an excellent options for hikers who:
- tackle moderately rocky or muddy terrain
- are prone to arch fatigue (there is a supportive steel shank in the midsole)
- expect a lot of bumpy and abrasive hazards on the trail
- want a stylish pair of boots that can be worn around the city
Who should NOT buy the boot
If your adventures take place mainly in puddly or rainy environments, you might consider the Hoka Trail Code GTX instead.
Also, if you want a hiking shoe that rocks when it comes to casual wear, look at Columbia Fairbanks Mid.
A lightweight wonder
Despite its rather beefy look, the Euro Hiker is astonishingly lightweight on our treks. After all, it weighs 485 g, which is about 70 g lighter than the average weight of hiking boots (558 g).
Not that breathable (but warm)
We do not consider this boot the ideal trail boot for hikes in warmer conditions.
Assessing the amount of smoke that escapes through the upper of the Euro Hiker, we rated it as 2 out of 5 (where 1 is the least breathable). Most Timberland boots in our catalog belong to the least breathable hiking boot options.
Timberland Euro Hiker (left), Timberland Sprint Trekker (right)
Putting the boot against a bright light, we can see that there are no ventilation pores throughout the upper.
On the bright side, we chose the Timberland Euro Hiker as our go-to fall and winter boot. We found that it is effective in keeping the foot warm as long as it's not freezing or pouring rain.
Timberland Euro Hiker: Cozy from top to bottom
This Timbs boot is mighty comfortable. Its generously padded collar and puffy tongue are the two culprits we found in this regard.
The heavily padded tongue is actually among the first things we noticed when first trying the boot on.
Measuring the tongue thickness with calipers, we found that it is a whopping 22.3 mm thick! For reference, the average for hiking footwear is 15.5 mm.
We thought that some might wish that the tongue was gusseted, as it used to be in the older iterations of the Euro Hiker.
The collar is also very well-padded. And there is very little stiffness to it. On a 1-5 scale where 1 is the most flexible, we rated it as 2. It holds the heel and Achilles in place without being compressive.
All in all, this Timberland boot has built a reputation as one of the most comfortable options in its category. Some people have been buying this silhouette for more than 15 years!
Euro Hiker is easy to love at first sight
We adore the Euro Hiker for its eye-catching design.
This attractive hiking boot transitions seamlessly from the woods and mountains to make a fashion statement on the city streets. Bringing them on our trips, we realized that it is a compliment magnet.
Not to mention that it can be combined with anything, from an outdoor outfit to a pair of jeans.
Forget about rolling ankles
Euro Hiker also offers excellent stability for the ankles.
Delving into the boot, we learned it's equipped with a steel shank inside the midsole which prevents twisting of the foot.
The shank contributes to the boot's torsional rigidity. On a 1 to 5 scale, where 5 is the stiffest, we rated this parameter of the Timberland Euro Hiker as 5.
The boot is not very pliable in the forefoot either. When measuring its resistance to bending, we found that it is 33% stiffer than hiking boots on average!
The firm nature of cushioning on the Timberland Euro Hiker also eliminates underfoot squishiness which is typically associated with foot wobbling.
Sticking a durometer into the cushioning foam, we measured it to be 35%(!) firmer than the average. This is one of the firmest boots in our catalog.
Disclaimer: We repeat the durometer measurement five times to minimize error. The photo above shows the final measurement.
On the bright side, it doesn't get much firmer when exposed to low temperatures. After 20 minutes in the freezer, the midsole only got 7% firmer, whereas most boots get around 16% firmer.
All of these factors work together to help you feel planted and confident in each step.
Surprisingly, the sole is not so wide
A sense of stability is very often drawn from the width of the boot's sole. However, this is not the case with the Timberland Euro Hiker.
Based on our measurements, the Euro Hiker is considerably narrower than the average. In the widest part of the forefoot, our calipers show 96.3 mm (10.3 mm narrower than average).
For context, here is the forefoot width of the Timberland Sprint Trekker (109.1 mm).
In the widest part of the heel, we found the Euro Hiker to be 71.7 mm (13.2 mm narrower than average).
Stepping on rocks and debris is not a problem
Looking at the underfoot protection present in the Timberland Euro Hiker, you can rest assured that you've got the necessary buffer to keep your feet safe out there on the trail.
Based on our caliper measurements, the heel stack of the boot is 34.6 mm, nearly the same as the average 33.1 mm.
In the forefoot, it is 20.6 mm thick, also close to the average 20.8 mm.
Disclaimer: Our stack measurements are taken with the insole included.
In its heel section, the insole is 7.3 mm thick in the Timberland Euro Hiker. This is more cushioned than the average 5.8 mm.
Grippy outsole of the Euro Hiker
The shoe's super-sticky outsole fascinated us. Not to mention that it is made with 34% recycled rubber.
The lug depth on the Euro Hiker is 3.4 mm. This is shallower than the average 4 mm and makes the boot less suitable for muddy surfaces. Yet, this same characteristic makes it more suitable for urban conditions like paved roads.
Durable but has room for improvement
We were satisfied with how much longevity we got from the pair of Euro Hikers. However, this Timberland is definitely not among the most durable boots out there.
We measured the outsole thickness at 3.5 mm. This is a solid result, considering that the average is 3.3 mm.
Meanwhile, the nature of this rubber is more on the soft side. Measuring the outsole with a durometer, we found that it is 3% softer than average.
Go true to size
We have no complaints regarding the fit or sizing of this hiking boot.
In a men's US size 7.5, we measured the internal length of the boot at 257.9 mm. Provided that there should be a few millimeters of extra space between your toes and the edge of the shoe, the Euro Hiker runs true to the Timberland footwear size chart.
As for the toebox, we marked it as medium, based on our measurements. In its widest part, the toebox is 96.4 mm, a little narrower than the average 97.9 mm. It also gets narrower towards the big toe more than other hiking boots do (by 8%).
Thus, wide footers should consider getting the wide option in the Timberland Euro Hiker.
This Timberland boot comes with thick and hard-wearing rounded laces. Unfortunately, we did have issues with the length of the laces as well as with the fact that they got untied often.
Two pairs of lace hoops are added at the top to help an easier on-and-off action.
Euro Hiker: A real value for money
With an MSRP of $110, the Timberland Euro Hiker is an absolute steal. Couple that with the boot's incredible durability, and you have for yourself a doozy of a trail kick!
Other variations of the Timberland Euro Hiker
The Euro Hiker has been released for decades and the brand made sure to broaden its range for its iconic silhouette.
Euro Hiker Cordura Fabric
There's also a leather-less Euro Hiker, called Euro Hiker Cordura Fabric. Its upper is purely made of Cordura, a specific kind of textile that's twice as durable as standard nylon. It is resistant to punctures, scuffs, and tears.
Classic Leather Euro Hiker
The Classic Leather Euro Hiker boot is the premium, full-grain leather version of this footgear. Since its outer coverage is devoid of any sort of fabric, this variant has a more classic and rugged look to it. Its laces are also made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
Jacquard Euro Hiker
For those looking for a lightweight Euro Hiker, try the one with the upper made of 100% polyester jacquard (a.k.a. the Jacquard Euro Hiker). It comes with an Ortholite insole, which deals with moisture (due to sweat) and stink. This variant also delivers enhanced breathability.
Complete lab-specs overview
|Timberland Euro Hiker||Average|
|Weight (g)||472 (men's US 7.5)||399|
|Overall Internal Length (mm)||257.9 (men's US 7.5)||257.3|
|Flexibility of the shoe (N)||84.7||56.6|
|Flexibility of the shoe (Freezer 20 min) (N)||90.7||73.1|
|Flexibility of the shoe (% of change)||7.1||33.4|
|Longitudinal flexibility (1-5 scale, 5 being the stiffest)||5||4.3|
|Torsional flexibility (1-5 scale, 5 being the stiffest)||5||4.0|
|Breathability - smoke test (1-5 scale, 5 being the most breathable)||1||1.8|
|Thickness - Tongue (mm)||22.3||15.5|
|Width Upper - Forefoot (mm)||96.4||97.9|
|Width Upper - Heel (mm)||78.6||72.4|
|Heel counter stiffness (1-5 scale, 5 being the stiffest)||2||3.3|
|Tongue: gusset type||none||-|
|Heel: pull tab||none||-|
|Width Midsole - Forefoot (mm)||96.3||106.6|
|Width Midsole - Heel (mm)||71.7||84.9|
|Stack - Forefoot with insole (mm)||20.6||20.8|
|Stack - Heel with insole (mm)||34.6||33.1|
|Durometer Midsole Heel (Room temperature) (HA)||53.3||34.8|
|Durometer Midsole - Heel (Freezer 20 minutes)||56.9||39.9|
|Durometer Midsole - Heel (% of change) (TEST)||6.8||17.2|
|Outsole thickness (Heel) (mm)||3.5||3.3|
|Durometer Outsole Heel (Room temperature) (HC)||84.0||86.7|
|Insole Heel Thickness (mm)||7.3||5.8|