Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Hiking Shoes

Salewa MTN Trainer L

94

2015

Salewa MTN Trainer L

The Salewa MTN Trainer is an Italian-made hiking shoe, like the La Sportiva, featuring q...

Arc’teryx Acrux FL

94

2015

Arc’teryx Acrux FL

Compared to the other light hikers in this test, the Arc’teryx Acrux performs exceptio...

Vasque Inhaler Low GTX

90

2015

Vasque Inhaler Low GTX

The Vasque Inhaler Low GTX earned its place as one of my favorites of the test group due...

La Sportiva Synthesis Mid GTX

92

2015

La Sportiva Synthesis Mid GTX

The La Sportiva Synthesis Mid GTX offers a great blend of fit, performance, and fashiona...

The North Face Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX

90

2015

The North Face Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX

The North Face Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX, despite having a mid-height upper, was one of the...

ECCO Mens Biom Ultra Quest II

90

2015

ECCO Mens Biom Ultra Quest II

The Ecco Biom Ultra Quest II light hikers excel in the category, particularly for people...

Chaco Trailscope Waterproof Shoe

84

2015

Chaco Trailscope Waterproof Shoe

The Chaco Trailscope Waterproof Shoe represents the brands foray into production of well...

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