Who should buy the Northside Pioneer

The Northside Pioneer is a remarkably capable boot with its collection of hike-worthy traits. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that offers water resistance.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that offers comfortable cushioning and a hardwearing outsole for terrain grip.

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  • The Northside Pioneer is a hiking gear for adventurers who wish to take on the trail at a casual pace. It has a seam-sealed construction for water resistance.
  • It is equipped with a stout midsole for cushioning and a hardwearing outsole for terrain grip. These two soles as a unit furnish the footwear with rockered heel and toe zones, improving the user’s stride on more level surfaces.

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Size and fit

Northside’s Pioneer is a relatively true-to-size, mid-cut day-hiker for women. It is offered in B – standard width in full and half sizes. Its lace-up closure provides a quick approach to fit personalization and lockdown security.

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Enhanced surface traction

Rain or shine, users can maintain their footing over challenging terrain thanks to the Pioneer’s durable rubber outsole. Giving it enhanced traction, especially on soft-soiled surfaces, are its multi-sided lugs and arced, ridge-like grooves.

Northside Pioneer outsole

Excellent heel brake

For improved descent control, on the other hand, trail seekers have the outsole’s heel brake to thank.

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Provides hazard protection and absorbs shock on impact

The Northside Pioneer’s ability to provide a stable ride on the trail comes from its chunky midsole. The thickness of its construction, especially around the heel, enables it to cushion the foot against pointy hazards and mitigate shock on impact.

Northside Pioneer midsole

Comfortable underfoot cushioning

For additional underfoot comfort, Northside designers paired this cushy component with a removable (and washable) footbed. It is made entirely of EVA or ethylene-vinyl acetate.

Northside Pioneer insole

Breathable and waterproof

This leather hiker encloses the foot in its mid-top upper made with a combination of breathable mesh and suede leather. It has a moisture-wicking liner. Its seams are sealed, rendering the footgear capable of repelling most types of watery elements. 

Northside Pioneer upper

Provides toe protection

It is engineered with a heel stabilizer for extra rearfoot support and a rubberized toe cap for added forefoot protection. It is also built with a gusseted tongue for debris prevention.

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Easy to wear

Completing the Pioneer’s upper is its ghillie lacing system and a heel pull loop. The former is comprised of synthetic lace and a set of fabric loops and metallic hooks for eyelets.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Women 14.1oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake
Waterproofing: Water repellent
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Northside

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