Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Hiking Shoes

POC DO Flow

87

2014

POC DO Flow

Engineered with lightweight performance and pure style in mind, the POC DO Flow was a st...

Vasque Venturist

75

2014

Vasque Venturist

By trying to be either a hiker that you can run in and/or a runner you can hike in the V...

GoLite XT80

78

2014

GoLite XT80

The GoLite XT80 is a highly flexible minimalist shoe that has a sticky sole and a low he...

Oboz Arete Low

88

2012

Oboz Arete Low

The Arete was our favorite hiking shoe in the test, thanks to its superior construction,...

Vasque Rift

84

2012

Vasque Rift

The Rift’s low profile, supportive construction and sticky rubber sole put it close to...

Patagonia Scree Shield

84

2012

Patagonia Scree Shield

Think of Patagonia’s Scree Shield as a trail runner with leather armor—a light and f...

Columbia Peakfreak Low OutDry

77

2012

Columbia Peakfreak Low OutDry

If you want to move very fast and light over moderate terrain and you have medium or wid...

Wolverine Pulsar ICS

76

2012

Wolverine Pulsar ICS

The Wolverine Pulsar is a fairly burly but comfortable hiking shoe suitable for rough co...

Vasque Mantra 2.0 GTX

75

2012

Vasque Mantra 2.0 GTX

The Mantra 2.0 is best for comfort-minded hikers in cool and wet climes, but only short ...

Keen Ambler Mesh

77

2012

Keen Ambler Mesh

A breathable mesh low-cut hiker with an EVA foam midsole and no shank—made for short, ...

Patagonia Drifter

94

2011

Patagonia Drifter

One shoe for 90 percent of your hikes

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