Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
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.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 20.6ozWomen: 17.2oz
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal, Wide
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The Talus effortlessly transitioned between easy day hikes and more difficult, technical treks—displaying the most versatility of the light hikers we tested, while providing chart-topping comfort in each terrain.
The Vasque Talus UltraDry boots are pretty much the gold standard for an everyday waterproof boot.
If you’re looking for a solid but light hiking boot, that will keep you dry and sure-footed, the Vasque Talus Ultradry is the shoe for you!
Updates to Vasque Talus UltraDry
- Vasque introduces another day hiking boot that offers lightweight and durable performance through the Talus UltraDry. Its upper uses the combination of nubuck leather and mesh that is made waterproof through Vasque’s proprietary UltraDry technology.
- Cushioning and stability come from its molded polyurethane midsole. The underfoot structure also includes a dual-density EVA footbed that cradles the foot and offers long-lasting comfort. Its Vibram-powered outsole gives traction on almost all surfaces.
Vasque Talus UltraDry size and fit
The Vasque Talus UltraDry has an over-the-ankle height that provides support to the ankles. It’s made for both men and women in regular sizes. Width profiles can be purchased in medium or wide. It’s built on a gender-specific Perpetuum last that accommodates people with flat arches. Its structure also has a broader toe box for users who require extra forefoot room. This boot’s fit is customized through traditional lace-up closure. This model is considered true to size.
Vibram Nuasi with XSTrek Compound has a balance of traction and durability. Its slip-resistant composition is made for unpredictable trail conditions, especially on wet surfaces. Both the treads and lug pattern create terrain adaptability and adhesion. This outsole is non-marking so it won’t leave scuffs indoors.
The Vasque Talus UltraDry midsole is made of lightweight, low-profile polyurethane foam that offers lateral stability and protection from impact. A dual-density EVA insole enhances underfoot cushioning and comfort. Its overall structure is supported by a thermoplastic urethane shank that renders torsional rigidity, granting ample stiffness to the boot.
The upper consist of 1.8-millimeter thick nubuck leather and abrasion resistant mesh panels. This material combination makes the Talus UltraDry durable and breathable. From its name, this version uses the UltraDry waterproofing technology that acts as a barrier against wet elements.
The classic lace-up closure consists of laces and combination eyelets. Its heel pull loop allows easy foot entry. The collar and tongue are also padded to give additional comfort to the ankles.