Any trail, any weather.
- Burly boot built for hiking in any weather
- Waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex Surround maximizes waterproofing
- Breathable mesh upper provides ventilation
- Ortholite footbed cradles the contours of your own foot
- Midsole made of EVA and TPU for cushioning and stability
- Vibram XS-Trek sole with lugs optimized for hiking
- Item #SCR005U
- Q & A
Great boot for day hiking
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: US 11
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 180lbs
I was looking for a lightweight day hiker with mid height for ankle support.
I did south kaibab to phantom ranch to bright angel trail with these.
I wore these boots about 9 and a half hours for a single hike. The weather was sunny and changed from 40 to 70 degrees during the hike. The trail was well maintained and not extremely rocky.
They felt extremely comfortable and lightweight the moment I put them on, as comfy as a my asics gel-lyte sneakers. The grip was quite good and stable during the south kaibab trail on our way down. They had good traction when we were traversing the sandy parts of the bright angel trail on our way up. I only entered water briefly and my feet stayed dry on the same trail. Yet, it wasn't enough to test their waterproof ability completely. So, I don't have much to comment on that. It also didn't slide when I was walking on the wet rocks over the water. I also bought these because of goretex surround for added breathability compared to regular goretex and my feet didn't sweat a bit and stayed cooled during our hike. Yet, the breathability at higher temperatures remains to be seen.
The one problem I had was, the bottom of my foot was hurting at the end of our hike. Though, probably it was more about my overall lack of fitness than the boots. It's been about a year since I did a hike more than 5 miles on a changing terrain.
If you look at the photos, these don't have mud guards on the sides just on top of the midsoles similar to salomon x ultra 3 mids. So, these might not be the best for a rocky and poor conditioned train or for a week long backpacking trip, and might suffer from durability in the long term. But, I guess it is a trade-off for keeping them light. Although I bought them for a discounted price, for a $195 boot, it would have been better to have those rubberized supports in high-wear areas for increased durability.
I recommend these anyone looking for a lightweight day hiker on a good conditioned trail.