Light and supportive, these boots are ideal for on-track day, weekend and longer trips where pack weight is not huge. They are the go-to boot for most trampers.
Leather or a combination of leather or suede with synthetic panels. They are soft and supple and should handle abrasion from rocks and other trail obstacles.
Three-season boots are designed to flex easily and come with an EVA midsole with a medial post to prevent twisting. The shank is not overly stiff and generally only covers a portion of the sole.
Lacing and hardware
Fabric or metal eyelets are used with lugs at the ankle.
This should be stiffened or protected with a rubber cap to protect toes from knocks and dislodged rocks.
Boot height is to just above the ankle, reducing the chance of water and trail debris entering the boot. Higher cuffs offer ankle support and are softened for comfort.
Sticky rubber compounds with mud-shedding lugs offer good grip on most track surfaces.
Now you know what to look for, it’s time to choose a boot…
|Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX $489
Use Approach, hiking Upper 1.6mm suede Construction Gore-Tex lining, 360-degree rubber rand, three-quarter length nylon shank, injected bilight midsole, 3F heel hold system, climbing-style lacing system, flex collar, customisable footbed Outsole Vibram WTC Weight 1340g (m); 1150g (w). www.bobo.co.nz
|Lowa Renegade GTX WXL $489
Use Light tramping Upper Nubuck leather and Cordura Construction Gore-Tex lining, extra wide fit, monowrap external support skeleton, climate control insole, articulated alloy lace loops and hooks, Balance Insole, PU midsole, full length/width nylon stabiliser Outsole Vibram Evo Weight 1110g (m); 890g (w). www.lowa.co.nz
|Dachstein Ramsau 2.0 GTX $439.95
Use Hiking Upper Perwanger oiled suede and nubuck leather Construction Soft breathable leather collar lining, Gore-Tex membrane, Compound PU midsole, TPU Liba Smart Toe Protection, broader last for superior comfort, anatomical tongue construction, three zone lacing, made in EU Outsole Vibram Multifilm Weight 1330g. www.outfittersstore.nz
|Lowa Locarno GTX MID $449
Use Hiking, travel, urban Upper Nubuck leather Construction Gore-Tex lining, inverted monowrap frame construction, hybrid DuraPU/DynaPU midsole, full length/width nylon stabiliser, low-profile outsole Outsole Lowa Hybrid Trac Weight 950g (m); 760g (w). www.lowa.co.nz
|Lowa Innox GTX MID $449
Use Light tramping, adventure racing Upper Synthetic Construction Gore-Tex lining, monowrap external support skeleton, climate control insole, dual density PU midsole, ¾ medium density nylon stabiliser Outsole Lowa NXT Weight 920g (m); 810g (w). www.lowa.co.nz
|Anatom Q3 Braeriach $399.99
Use Backpacking Upper 2.6mm Anfibio leather Construction Waterproof membrane, hydrophobic lining, undercut heel for downhill braking, toe bumper, cushioned PU midsole, Bioform Ultralite footbed Outsole Vibram Sorapis Weight 1220g. www.bivouac.co.nz
|Vasque St Elias GTX $399.99
Use Tramping Upper 2.3mm waterproof oiled nubuck leather Construction Moulded rubber toe rand, medium fit, TPU shank, dual density EVA footbed, A.S.E. midsole with EVA cushioning pods Outsole Vibram Frontier Weight 1378g (m); 1152g (w). www.ampro.co.nz
|Scarpa Kailash Trek GTX $479.95
Use Tramping Upper Water-resistant suede Construction Gore-Tex lining, to-the-toe lacing for precise fit, low-density PU midsole, fibreglass shank, gusseted tongue, toe rand Outsole Vibram Biometric Trek Weight 1250g (m); 1060g (w). www.scarpanz.co.nz
|Salewa Women’s Alpenrose Ultra Mid GTX $399
Use Speed hiking Upper Breathable mesh, coated fabric Construction Women’s last, Gore-Tex lining, 3F heel hold system, Ortholite footbed Outsole Sticky Michelin rubber Weight 660g (women’s only). www.bobo.co.nz
|Scarpa Terra GTX $379.95
Use Tramping Upper Full grain 2mm nubuck leather Construction Gore-Tex lining, wide and high volume last for wider feet, injection-moulded Hi-Flex PU midsole, speed lacing Outsole Vibram Energy Weight 1210g (m); 980g (w). www.scarpanz.co.nz
|Vasque Breeze III $349.99
Use Day hikes, summer tramping Upper High-abrasion 2mm waterproof nubuck leather, mesh Construction Gore-Tex Extended Comfort lining, toe and heel ventilation ports, tapered toe box, slightly rockered natural gait construction, TPU Exo-plates for lateral stability Outsole Vibram with Megagrip compound Weight 1198g (m); 976g (w). www.ampro.co.nz
|The North Face Endurus Hike Mid GTX $330
Use Lightweight tramping Upper Synthetic, mesh Construction Gore-Tex membrane, seamless welded-TPU panels, TPU toe cap, FlashDry collar lining, OrthoLite footbed, forefoot-to-midfoot ESS snake plate, soft-density XtraFoam midsole, firmer EVA compound around perimeter Outsole Vibram XS Trek Weight 870g (m); 788g (w). www.thenorthface.co.nz
|The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid GTX $330
Use Lightweight tramping Upper TPU-coated woven mesh, nylon mesh Construction Gore-Tex membrane, TPU heel overlay for stability, TPU toe cap, ESS midfoot shank, dual density FastFoam midsole Outsole Vibram Megagrip Weight 872g (m); 712g (w). www.thenorthface.co.nz
|Anatom Women’s Q2 Ultralight $299.99
Use Hiking Upper 2.2mm Italian nubuck Construction Anatom Women’s Comfort Last, waterproof membrane, hydrophobic lining, Bioform Ultralite footbed, toe bumper, cushioned PU midsole Outsole Vibram Pillow Weight 930g. www.bivouac.co.nz
|Anatom Men’s Q2 Classic $299.99
Use Hiking Upper 2.5mm Italian full grain leather Construction Waterproof membrane, hydrophobic lining, undercut heel for downhill braking, Bioform Ultralite footbed, toe bumper, cushioned PU midsole Outsole Vibram Grivola Weight 1550g. www.bivouac.co.nz
|Dachstein Schober MC GTX $299.95
Use Hiking Upper Suede and synthetic mesh Construction Waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex membrane, PU midsole, three zone lacing, direct injected dual-compound PU midsole, TPU toe protection, made in EU Outsole Anti-Slip Weight 1040g. www.outfittersstore.nz
|Merrell Moab FST MID Waterproof $299
Use Hiking Upper Leather, mesh and TPU Construction M Select DRY waterproof/breathable membrane, contoured EVA footbed with odour control, mesh lining, moulded nylon arch shank, bellows tongue, air cushion heel Outsole Vibram Megagrip Weight 852g (m); 738g (w). www.merrell.co.nz