Salomon X Ultra 3 Low The Salomon X Ultra 3 Low is a burly trail ready shoe with a comfortable fit, awesome traction, and more durability than their trail runner counterparts. The Ultra 3's come with their signature one-pull quick lacing system, which can take some getting used to - people either love it or hate it. Salomon does offer this shoe in a waterproof gore-tex model. What you get in the Salmon X Ultra 3's is a burly, durable, and well-built hiking shoe. If you want more ankle support, they also offer this shoe in a mid-height model.
Salomon Quest 4D 3GTXDesigned to withstand different weather conditions, the Salomon Quest 4D 3GTX gives you amazing performance while maintaining stability. It is made with comfort in mind and it is convenient for hiking and trips that require foot stability thanks to the thick rubber sole. It has Sensifit with Quicklace and endoFit. It also comes with a two-year warranty and it is definitely a good choice.
Danner Mountain 600 EnduroweaveWith a design that fuses Danner’s classic outdoor silhouette with modern materials, the Mountain 600 is Danner’s city-to-mountain hiking boot. It’s lightweight and comfortable out of the box thanks to a leather upper and a cushiony Vibram outsole. The case is much the same with the Mountain 600 EnduroWeave, but the upper has been reimagined with a new carbon-washed textile upper that’s lighter and more breathable than leather. The EnduroWeave version holds true to that standard. A secondary trait of the EnduroWeave fabric: it has a strange, techy look to it, which is actually pretty stylish and unique.
Brooks Cascadia 13The Brooks Cascadia 13 have a comfortable sole and a more durable upper mesh section, so you’ll be able to clock more miles in them. They're a bit heavier than shoes we prefer to hike in, but they’re still within reason. The traction is adequately grippy and they feel comfortable on the foot straight out of the box. The Cascadia 13’s do have a more narrow fit than others, such as the Peregrines or Altras. One area where the Brooks Cascadia 13’s really shine is in their durability. Our biggest gripe is that they don't dry quite as quickly as some other footwear on this list.
Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTXMade of leather and textile, this boot is durable and very convenient for a number of terrain. It is equipped with Gore-Tex lining to keep the feet dry and it is breathable for warm conditions. The sock-fit DV construction and assymetric lace system reduces the bulk and ensures you get an accurate fit. The midsole has PU and Eva for efficiency and the sole is made of rubber giving you perfect traction.
Adidas Terrex Free HikerThe Terrex Free Hiker is Adidas’s first hiking boot to use the energy-returning Boost foam. In those shoes, it serves as a comfortable platform but also rebounds to keep you moving without wasting energy. That’s precisely what it does in the Free Hiker, but that’s not the only technical feature that Adidas adapted from running in this hiking boot — there’s also a Primeknit upper for a close and breathable fit. Comfort is the first thing to talk about in regards to the Free Hiker. In many ways, the Free Hiker fits and walks more like a sneaker than a typical hiking boot, but it still provides plenty of traction.
Vasque Saga GTXThe new Vasque Saga GTX boot adds a lightweight and breathable double-engineered mesh upper and a Vibram MegaGrip sole that’s designed for walking over the most rugged terrain. Protection and support are amplified in the boot with a molded TPU toe cap and heel that has windows of ventilation so that the boot doesn’t get too warm. Vasque also used that sturdy TPU to create a lace yolk that extends from the ankle toward the tongue; it provides midfoot support and helps to keep the heel locked in. The tongue is extra cushiony, preventing pressure points from lacing.
HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 3HOKAs have long been known for their outstanding comfort and featherlight weight on the trail and the Speedgoat 3 is no exception. These trail runners provide the standard HOKA cushy comfort with burly 5 mm lugs on the Vibram outsole to provide outstanding traction on rough terrain. The Speedgoat 3 features a wider than normal toebox, which is great for long days on the trail. The thick midsole does a great job of providing protection underfoot from rocks, roots, and other debris. That said, there’s a lot to love in the latest iteration of the Speedgoat.
North Face Ultra 110 GTXThese shoes combine comfort with performance.They have waterproof Gore-Tex and are ventilated making them the perfect choice for wet and muddy day hikes. The leather and tight mesh make the North Face Ultra GTX 110 a more sustainable choice. They have a strong and diverse lug pattern that provides a good grip on different terrain. The soles are very rigid and one may need to walk in them for some days before properly breaking into them.