Who should buy the Hanwag Tarso Low ES

Designed for multiple activities outdoors, the Hanwag Tarso Low ES gets high marks for being comfortable, durable, grippy, and versatile. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that protects the wearer against rain or water.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides excellent traction on varying terrain.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that has impact-absorbing qualities.

Hanwag Tarso Low ES logo


Like all other Hanwag footwear, the Tarso Low ES uses a cemented construction system which means that its soles are completely resoleable. This largely contributes to the durability and longevity of the shoes, plus, the sustainability of the product (which the Hanwag brand is mostly focused on). 

Hanwag Tarso Low ES outsole

Excellent traction on varying types of terrain

Since these shoes are meant to be “multi-purpose”, the lugs are fairly deep to create strong traction on varying types of terrain. They are also multidirectional so you can walk on soft soil or muddy grounds with ease. Furthermore, the spaces between the lugs are wide enough to prevent dirt or mud from getting stuck.

Hanwag Tarso Low ES outsole 1

Flexible, comfortable, and shock-absorbing cushioning

This low-top hiker features the TubeTec Eco midsole which is flexible, cushiony, and shock-absorbing. It’s made with polyurethane (PU) and contains partly recycled materials. PU is highly durable, thanks to its dense composition. However, this desirable quality comes at the cost of a heavier weight. 

Hanwag Tarso Low ES midsole

Provides support and stability when walking on challenging terrain

What makes the TubeTec Eco unique is the TPU “tube” that protects the softer PU sole inside. This results in a cushiony yet supportive midsole that has the stability required when walking on challenging terrain.

Hanwag Tarso Low ES midsole 2

Waterproof yet breathable

The upper is constructed with suede overlays and synthetic materials all stitched together. For its waterproof lining, they used the Eco-Shell Footwear - another Hanwag-exclusive technology featuring a membrane made of fluorocarbon-free materials. According to Hanwag, this membrane is waterproof and at the same time, breathable.

Hanwag Tarso Low ES upper

Provides protection against sharp objects

The shoe also comes with a TPU heel counter for increased support and a solid toe bumper that provides protection against sharp objects and accidental impact. 

Hanwag Tarso Low ES upper 2

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 465g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Eco-friendly, Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Resoleable, Heel brake
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Hanwag

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