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.
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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: 13.6ozWomen: 12oz
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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Updates to Zamberlan 103 Hike Lite RR
- The Zamberlan 103 Hike Lite RR is designed for daily use and light hiking. It has a breathable and water repellent upper thanks to the Hydrobloc-treated suede leather.
- Comfort, cushioning and support are handled by its EVA midsole and 3 mm nylon + PE insole. On the other hand, its outsole, the Vibram Pillow is slip and tear-resistant.
Zamberlan 103 Hike Lite RR size and fit
The 103 Hike Lite RR from Zamberlan caters to male and female light hikers. It comes in whole and half sizes and is offered in standard width. Likewise, it fairly runs true to size.
Zamberlan designers used the ZTRL (Generous Fit) last. It has a high instep and spacious toe box. Also, it features a heel pocket which can lock the heel in place, preventing slippage. On the other hand, the women’s version is shaped using the ZLF (Zamberlan Ladies’ Fit) last. It caters to the specific needs of women—high arches, narrow heel pocket and a wrapped ankle. Its straightforward lace-up closure allows customization of fit.
This shoe for light hiking wears a Vibram Pillow outsole. It is made of the TC4+ compound which offers resistance against heat and tear. Its angled lugs render multidirectional traction. The space between the cleats allows it to self-clean and maintain its bite on various types of terrain. The asymmetrical design of the toe and heel promotes a natural rolling motion from heel strike to toe off. Additionally, the lugs at the side of the sole provide stability.
The Zamberlan 103 Hike Lite RR features an ethylene-vinyl acetate or EVA midsole. This rubber-like material offers lightweight cushioning and rebound. Its composition allows it to be resistant to stiffening and breaking. Also, the boot has a 3 mm nylon with PE insole which enhances underfoot support.
The 1.6 mm - 1.8 mm suede leather upper of the 103 Hike Lite RR is treated with Hydrobloc to increase its water repellency. It has a moisture-wicking mesh lining which aids in keeping a breathable in-shoe environment. For added protection, the toe area is reinforced with a rubber rand.
Its collar has a soft mesh which promotes comfort. Its plush Cordura tongue allows smooth flexion and breathability. Lastly, the lacing system of this low-cut day hiking shoe uses a flat lace which passes through six pairs of metal eyelets.