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- The Euro Rock Hiker is Timberland’s response to outdoorsy folks who need a balance of comfort and security in their hiking adventures. Its sleek profile is complemented by its fuzzy upper made of leather which is rated Silver by the LWG or Leather Working Group.
- Its solid construction is primarily linked to its sturdy sole unit which is comprised of the hiker’s low-profile midsole and brand-exclusive outsole. It features a slight toe rocker for enhanced walking comfort. It also has a brace-like heel element for additional rearfoot support.
A relatively true-to-size, mid-cut day hiking boot for men is the Timberland Euro Rock Hiker. It is offered in B – standard width. Its sizing selection consists of full and half sizes. Wearers can adjust its fit to get a personalized lockdown using the footgear’s ghillie lacing.
Staying surefooted on the trail is possible with the Euro Rock Hiker’s non-marking rubber outsole, called Gripstick. It is designed to produce sufficient surface traction no matter if the terrain is dry or wet. Timberland engineers furnished it with numerous protrusions (widely known as lugs) to give hikers adequate slip and skid resistance over particularly slippery trails and muddy paths. They also made its forefoot area to reinforce the shoe’s upper by a couple of millimeters, thus enhancing the sturdiness and protectiveness of the shoe a bit further.
The Euro Rock Hiker is equipped with a cushy midsole for underfoot protection, comfort, and balance. Its slim one-piece design and tapered construction give the hiking boot an overall svelte appeal. As it comes paired with a Timberland Anti-Fatigue insole, users get to experience the trail in this footgear with extra cushioning. This complementary component, which is completely replaceable, also provides hiking enthusiasts with additional support underfoot, thanks to its mildly contoured design.
This Timberland piece houses the foot in its mid-top upper made of premium-quality LWG-certified leather (also used in the White Ledge Mid Waterproof). It is crafted with a padded collar, giving owners a comfier ride on the trail with improved ankle flexibility to boot. The layered design of its exterior translates to a firmer hold of the foot, especially around the heel region.
Part of its modern finish may be attributed to its lacing system—specifically to the lace loops made of metal. They come in full circle function-wise with the Timberland Euro Rock Hiker’s default synthetic lace.
The Timberland brand is quite known for making commendable hiking footwear. Two of such promising kicks this company has on offer is the Euro Rock Hiker and the Euro Sprint Hiker. Aside from their names, there are a few qualities that set them apart. Read on to put them into perspective.
Outsole. While both boots come with rubber outsoles, only the one in the Euro Rock Hiker is made with the Timberland-exclusive Gripstick technology. The Euro Sprint Hiker’s grippy layer, on the other hand, has a more prominent heel brake, making the boot ideal for more demanding downhill traversals.
Environment-friendliness. In this head-to-head, the Euro Sprint Hiker seems to take the cake with its environment-friendly construction—its breathable liner is made with 50% PET or recycled plastic bottles, while its sticky outsole has about 15% of recycled rubber in it.
Weight. Even though the name Euro Sprint Hiker would lead one to believe that it exists to give owners a lightweight experience on the trail, it is actually the Euro Rock Hiker that is less heavy. Indeed, the featured boot in this comparison is about 140 grams lighter than the competition.
Support. Both Timberland boots are over-the-ankle offerings, making either of them a suitable choice for adventures needing adequate ankle support. In terms of the heel support, on the other hand, the Euro Rock Hiker edges out its rival by having not just a supportive rearfoot overlay but also a sturdy heel counter which is seemingly made of rubber-plastic.
Heel stability. The sole unit of the Timberland Euro Rock Hiker has a fanned out design at the heel, unlike its competitor. This design choice translates to better rearfoot stability over uneven terrain.