Choosing footwear for a hiking trip may be one of the most important decisions you will make.
A good quality hiking shoe will prevent blisters, strained muscles and sore toes, which is a sure way to ruin a hiking trip and leave you sitting on the couch browsing the latest NRL Premiership odds rather than trekking on the trails…
The Peregrine 8 from Saucony has great traction with comfortable padding. There is more than enough toe room and the sole of the shoe is soft.
A great advantage is that they dry quickly and are comfortable right out of the box. The new design has better bottom lugs that help with extra traction. This is a lightweight shoe and is great for hiking.
La Sportiva Bushido
This has always been a popular hiking shoe and has very good traction and offers stability when it comes to rough terrain. This is a very durable and tough hiking shoe.
The only disadvantage that some hikers have suggested is that the sole is a bit stiff. Because of this they may not be completely comfortable straight out of the box.
Salomon X Ultra 3
The Salomon X Ultra 3 Low is a well-built hiking shoe and fits comfortably. It offers excellent traction and is very durable. They have a one-pull lacing system, which some hikers love while for others it may take some getting used to.
They often need to be broken in, so rather wear them in well before you decide to hike. The toe is a bit narrow so for those who need a wider fit this is not the shoe for them.
There is a waterproof model of this shoe and for those who require ankle support there is also a mid-height model.
Merrell Moab 2 Mid Ventilator
This is a popular hiking boot and is lightweight and durable. This shoe is also reasonably priced.
They can be worn out of the box and are made with a combination of suede leather and mesh.
The mesh is breathable and allows for extra ventilation. It is a long lasting shoe and will last many years. There is also a waterproof option.
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid
This is very popular hiking shoe and offers both stability and extra support, as it is a mid-height boot. Even though it is a mid-collar shoe it is still comfortable.
There is a Gore-Tex liner which helps keep feet dry.
These are great for one-day trips carrying a moderate load. Various options are available in regular, narrow and wide which is great for all types of feet.
North Face Ultra 110 GTX
These are ready to wear and have a waterproof Gore-Tex lining that makes them perfect for shorter hikes in wet, muddy conditions. The North Face Ultra is made from leather and mesh and is a durable shoe.
The lug on the shoe is solid and varied which allows for good traction especially rough terrain. The soles are quite stiff which means they have good protection but may take a while to break in.