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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2011

Gear Review: Ahnu Montara Women's Hiking Boot

Women love this comfortable, stable and affordable boot.

by: Berne Broudy

Ahnu Montara (Courtesy Photo)
Ahnu Montara (Courtesy Photo)

Killer Deal
Even before our female testers saw the incredibly reasonable price tag, they had already declared their love for this instantly comfortable, stable boot. The foam-padded, pigskin cuff supported testers’ ankles and kept out dust, dirt, rocks, and debris—but never rubbed, despite no Achilles cutout. “The leather lining conformed to every curve of my foot, and allowed me to comfortably crank down the laces,” says our gear editor, who wore them for a week in Capitol Reef National Park.

“And the underfoot protection was excellent for such a light boot,” she reported after miles of stone hopping down dry washes. Credit the compressed EVA shock-dispersal plate in the forefoot and the arch-wrapping TPU shank. Firmer cylinders of EVA in the midsole absorb all-day trail pounding and enhanced testers’ balance by keeping their feet stable. The oiled-leather upper never wet out, and the eVent liner made this boot totally waterproof but not sweaty, even in 80°F temps.

On a rocky, loose trail up Emory Peak in Texas’s Chisos Mountains, the boots’ Vibram sole proved nimble for scrambling, and on snow-dusted Utah slickrock it had “gecko traction.” Abrasion-resistant synthetic rands* prevent wear in the heel and toe area, and break-in is nil. $130; 1 lb. 14 oz. (7); w’s 6-11

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Anonymous
Nov 23, 2012

jill pense
Jul 04, 2012

How do you clean the boots???

jill pense
Jul 04, 2012

How do you clean the boots???

Delia Marie
Jun 12, 2012

Hi Kelsy, How'd the Ahunu's hold up on the Coast Trail & Grand Canyon? I broke my ankle two years ago and liked the support of these boots & lightweight when I tried them on yesterday. Still can't decide so I wanted to ask if they held up better for you than the other person's, 'Wander's', comment. Are they really great in wet conditions? Are they still intact or falling apart? Any info is appreciated. Thanks!

wanderer
May 09, 2012

Been wearing these for 2 months now, average 60km a week over well made trails in a volcanic environment. Had to tape both ankles daily for the whole first month, they're narrow there although wide across ball of foot. Toe rand of left shoe has completely gone already, the stitching just dissolved away. That said, the undersole comfort after a 20km hike is great and the soles are brilliantly sticky on slickrock or in the wet. Great for breathability on a warm day but soaking wet on a damp one. Price is quite attractive but if you're wanting something to last, maybe reconsider.

Kelsey
Aug 01, 2011

I just got my ahnu montara boots about a week ago i love the fit and the feel of them they are great boots by far the best boots i have ever had i had foot surgery about five months ago and needed something for support i have four screws in my foot. and wearing this boot out all over my foot hasn't given me greif yet. also i love the colors i got the bright5 blue i love them great for everything taking them on the lost coast trail in two weeks then taking them to the grand canyon next spring so happy with this boot would definitly recomend it!

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