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.
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Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 16.2ozWomen: 13.8oz
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal, Wide
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Considering that they are suitable for both day hiking and overnight trips, you'll get a lot of versatility for the price.
In a head to head comparison of leather waterproof hiking shoes, the Vasque Talus Trek Low Ultradry hiking shoe offered excellent traction and waterproofing, but fell a short on stability.
[Y]ou’ll find the new Vasque Talus Trek Low Ultradry an all around complete show with great comfort.
I don’t think we could have put these shoes through tougher paces—38 miles off-trail, 38 miles on-trail, under the weight of 40-pound packs, with tons of granite and steep ups and downs. They were great.
- The Talus Trek Low UltraDry is an outdoor shoe built with a combination of lightweight yet durable materials and heavy-duty components, making it ideal for day-long hikes and adventures. Its part mesh, part leather upper has adequate weather protection thanks to Vasque’s very own waterproof membrane, called UltraDry.
- Its sole unit—the Vibram Nuasi with XS Trek—promises a steady and secure ride on the trail. It is made up of a molded EVA midsole and Vibram’s Nuasi rubber outsole.
Vasque’s Talus Trek Low UltraDry is a generally true-to-size, waterproof hiker for men and women. It comes in standard and wide widths. It is offered in whole and half sizes. The engineers used the Perpetuum last in molding its interior, granting the shoe a roomier toe box and an alignment that favors people with flatter feet. Its lacing system provides a comfy yet secure fit. Slipping into and from its padded confines is made relatively convenient with the help of the shoe’s heel pull tab.
Wearers owe it to the shoe’s rubber outsole (a.k.a Vibram Nuasi), in terms of having enough grip on uneven terrain. It features long-wearing lugs and aggressively designed treads to help users latch onto soft and slippery surfaces. It reinforces the front end of the upper by about a half inch—conveniently contributing to the toe protection offered by the shoe.
A molded midsole made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) serves as the main platform of the Talus Trek Low UltraDry. It is designed to cushion the foot against bumpy elements while steadying the wearer’s balance on rugged trails. It comes engineered with a TPU shank for added midfoot support and stability. Its level of comfort is further improved by the shoe’s dual-density footbed (also made of EVA).
The Talus Trek Low UltraDry gets to protect the foot from the harshness of the wild thanks to its below-the-ankle upper made of abrasion-resistant mesh and waterproof nubuck leather (at 1.8 millimeters thick). Its moisture-wicking liner is imbued with Vasque’s UltraDry membrane, making the footgear well ventilated and waterproof at the same time.