These lightweight hiking boots provide plenty of support underfoot and at the ankle. They can be used for all your on-trail trips while carrying moderately heavy packs.
Leather or a combination of leather or suede with a synthetic material. They are abrasion-resistant, soft and supple, and can usually be worn straight from the box without the need to wear them in.
Boot height is to above the ankle, reducing the chance of trail debris entering the boot. Higher cuffs offer better ankle support and are softened for comfort. If you expect to carry a heavy pack, higher ankles are better.
Most midsoles are EVA, a polymer designed to handle the stress and impact of walking over uneven ground. Varying densities of EVA provide either firm or soft support, with soft-flex boots being more comfortable on level ground and when moving fast. Some midsoles are PU (polyurethane) which is firmer and more durable than EVA and are better for when walking on rocky terrain and while carrying a heavy pack.
Lacing and hardware
Fabric or metal eyelets are used with one or two metal lugs at the ankle to pull the boots tight.
This should be stiffened or protected with a rubber cap to protect toes.
Sticky rubber compounds with mud-shedding lugs offer good grip on most track surfaces.
Boots in this range will have a waterproof and breathable membrane (or lining) to draw moisture (i.e. sweat) away from the foot while preventing water from getting in.
Scarpa SL Active $579.99
Use Backpacking, hiking Upper Single-piece 2.7mm full-grain leather Construction Partial leather lining, half ‘37.5’ lining for moisture management, micro-pulley lacing hardware, full rubber rand, TPU shank, Lite PU midsole, Performance-flex insole, articulated ankle. Outsole Vibram Biometric / XS Trek Weight 1620g (m), 1350g (w).
Zamberlan Jackrabbit Suede GTX RR WL $499.99
Use Hiking, hunting Upper Hydrobloc full grain waxed leather Construction High-visibility boot, Gore-Tex lining, wide fit, rand at toe, soft flex ankle, double density PU midsole Outsole Vibram Darwin Weight 1600g. www.huntingandfishing.co.nz
Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX $499.90
Use Alpine trekking Upper 1.6mm suede leather, wear-resistant fabric Construction Gore-Tex Extended Comfort membrane, 360° full rubber rand, 3F heel hold system, climbing lacing, Ortholite footbed, nylon shank, TPU midsole Outsole Vibram WTC Weight 1400g (m), 1140g (w). www.bobo.co.nz
LOWA Women’s Renegade Mid GTX WXL $499
Use Light on-trail tramping Upper Nubuck leather Construction Gore-Tex lining, wide fit, Monowrap external support skeleton, articulated alloy lace loops and hooks, Climate Control Insole, PU midsole with monowrap frame, full length/width nylon stabiliser, multiple colours Outsole Vibram Evo Weight 890g. www.lowa.co.nz
LOWA Renegade Mid GTX WXL $499
Use Light on-trail tramping Upper Nubuck leather Construction Gore-Tex lining, wide fit, Monowrap external support skeleton, articulated alloy lace loops and hooks, Climate Control Insole, PU midsole with monowrap frame, full length/width nylon stabiliser, multiple colours Outsole Vibram Evo Weight 1110g. www.lowa.co.nz
Hoka One One Kaha GTX$499
Use Hiking Upper Full-grain, waterproof leather Construction Gore-Tex membrane, adjustable lockdown lacing, EVA midsole with a layer of rubberised foam, hi-traction sole with multidirectional lugs Outsole Vibram Megagrip hi-traction Weight 1016g (m), 852g (w). www.hokaoneone.co.nz
Anatom Q3 Braeriach $429.99
Use Backpacking Upper 2.6mm Anfibio leather Construction Waterproof/breathable tri.aria membrane, hydrophobic lining, undercut heel for downhill braking, toe bumper, cushioned nylon and PU midsole, Bioform Ultralite footbed Outsole Vibram Sorapis Weight 1220g. www.bivouac.co.nz
Salewa Mountain Trainer Lite Mid GTX $399.90
Use Hiking Upper Synthetic fabric Construction Gore-Tex membrane, 3F heel hold system, TPU film protects uppers, climbing Lacing, heel stabiliser, rubber toe cup, EVA midsole, nylon shank Outsole Pomoca compound rubber Weight 1130g (m), 930g (w). www.bobo.co.nz
Vasque Breeze AT GTX $379.99
Use Day hikes, tramping Upper 2mm waterproof nubuck leather, Air Mesh Construction Gore-Tex Extended Comfort membrane, toe and heel ventilation ports rubber heel and toe rands, tapered toe box, slightly rockered construction, EVA cushioning pods and TPU shank Outsole Vasque-exclusive Vibram Contact Grip with Megagrip compound Weight 1220g (m), 1016g (w). e.ampro.co.nz
Keen Targhee III Mid WP $319.99
Use Hiking Upper Leather and performance mesh Construction KEEN.DRY waterproof/breathable membrane, mesh lining, dual-density, compression-moulded EVA midsole and metatomical EVA footbed, ESS shank prevents twisting, injected TPU heel-hold system, speed hook lacing hardware. Outsole All-Terrain rubber Weight 1450g (m), 1090g (w). www.keenfootwear.co.nz
The North Face Fastpack IV Mid Futurelight $330
Use Hiking Upper Abrasion-resistant performance mesh with no-sew TPU overlays Construction Breathable-waterproof Futurelight membrane, toe cap and heel overlay, integrated ghillie lacing system, gusseted tongue, reflective heel webbing, eco-friendly OrthoLite footbed, ESS midfoot shank Outsole Vibram Megagrip Weight 852g (m), 706g (w). www.thenorthface.co.nz
The North Face Activist Mid Futurelight $300
Use Hiking Upper Performance mesh with no-sew TPU overlays Construction Breathable-waterproof Futurelight membrane, single-density EVA midsole, moulded collar, toe cap, integrated ghillie lacing system, gusseted tongue, OrthoLite footbed. Outsole EXTS Weight 786g (m), 646g (w). www.thenorthface.co.nz
Vasque St Elias FG GTX $399.99
Use Tramping Upper 2.2mm waterproof full-grain leather, Construction Medium fit, Gore-Tex lining, ‘All terrain compound’ midsole with EVA cushioning pods. dual-density EVA footbed, moulded rubber toecap, Nappa leather collar Outsole Vasque-exclusive Vibram Frontier with XSTrek compound Weight 1320g (m), 1104g (w). e.ampro.co.nz