For big loads and steep, off-trail terrain, I want solid support and stability without excess weight. The Terek delivers, thanks to the midsole’s relatively light combination of molded EVA (for cushion) and full-length polyurethane shank (for rigidity). I sported these high-cuts all over the West, from light-load dayhikes in Yosemite to difficult treks, like a six-day bushwhack around Mt. Shasta with a 60-pound pack. The boots weren’t too heavy or clunky for the former, nor too light or flexy for the latter.
The eight-hook lace system and tongue hooks enhanced all-day comfort, as I could cinch the uppers snug without causing too much friction in any spot. The split-leather and Cordura upper and full rubber rand stood up to abrasion on Sierra granite, and the Gore-Tex liner kept my feet dry during a soggy-snow trek up Yosemite’s Cloud’s Rest. Bonus: Break-in time was negligible because of the excellent out-of-the-box fit (ideal for my wide feet). $260; 2 lbs. 10 oz. (w’s 8.5); m’s 7-14, w’s 5.5-10.5; lowaboots.com.
Dalea Mid eVent
When youre hiking, comfort is the most important feature of your footwear, so why settle for a shoe that was designed for a mans foot? The Dalea Mid eVent was specifically designed to perfectly fit a womans foot. It doesnt matter if your hikes last hours or days, the Dalea Mid eVent will ensure that your feet are always comfortable. Add in the eVent waterproof membrane and Vibram rubber outsole, and you have a light hiking shoe that is up to any challenge.
Full Grain Nubuck and Suede Leather Upper with Scotchguard Stain Protection
eVent Waterproof/Breathable Membrane
Molded Sockliner with Enhanced Comfort Foam Technology
Nylon Shank for Torsional Rigidity and Stability
External Shoc Pad for Enhanced Shock Absorption
Vibram Rubber Outsole For Versatile Traction