Top 5 Lightweight Hiking Boots on the Market in 2016
If you’re looking for a reliable and lightweight pair of hiking boots to suit all your walking needs, you’ve got a huge amount of choice available to you. These days, there are countless different pairs of boots on the market, with some offering much better value for money than others.
In this article, we’ll go over five of the best pairs of boots you can buy today. We’ll be putting a bit focus on boots that get the job done and don’t cost ridiculous amounts of money, so there should be something here to fit your needs.
Timberland White Ledge
The Timberland name has been around for quite a while now, becoming synonymous in that time with good quality, low maintenance products that won’t always have all the fancy bells and whistles, but can still be relied upon. That description more or less sums up the White Ledge hiking boots. Their full-leather design is surprisingly lightweight and will offer plenty of appeal to people who work or spend most of their time outdoors.
These boots can handle any kind of terrain and will last for years. There’s plenty of padding around the ankles to give you a snug fit and added protection, and these boots are easily the cheapest entry on our list today. If you’re working with a limited budget, look no further than the White Ledge.
Keen Targhee II Mid
The Keen Targhee II Mid might just be our favorite entry on the list today. These boots have everything you could ever ask for: solid performance, a reasonable price, low weight, a comfy fit and plenty of grip. After putting them through their paces in a variety of tests, we’ve been blown away by how versatile these boots really are. They’ll handle anything you can throw at them and will keep on performing at their best levels, even after hundreds of miles and hiking and trekking.
Where other boots of a similar price might begin to degrade and fall apart, the Targhee II Mid will remain strong and solid, especially at the front as its toe lip has been designed with care and ingenuity to keep its shape at all times. Other users love these boots as much as we do, so they really come highly recommended to anyone looking for a comfy pair of boots for general hiking.
Merrell Moab Ventilator
This boot excels in dry conditions, but its non-waterproof nature can let it down if you find yourself wearing a pair on a cold, rainy day. We’ve included the Merrell Moab Ventilator on our list for its cool style and high comfort rating, but it is important to remember that it won’t be suitable for certain activities. It’s the lightest shoe on our list today, weighing it at only 2.11 lbs, and works perfectly for those long hikes and treks in the summer months.
It also offers a good strong grip that will allow the wearer to safely cross all sorts of terrain. What’s good about the Ventilator is that it lets your feet breathe and prevents them from swelling up in sweltering conditions. It also has an aesthetic appeal that allows it to be worn casually in day-to-day life, not just out on the forest trails.
The North Face Ultra FastPack Mid GTX
Another exceptionally lightweight shoe, the Ultra FastPack Mid GTX from North Face looks more like a running shoe than a hiking boot, but it does offer the right level of performance to suit both types of activity. It has a comfortable, tight fit that hugs the foot like a good quality running shoe, while also offering the level of traction and support that you need from a walking boot.
It supports the ankle nicely with a good amount of padding and really does feel very comfy to wear. Its low weight and style make it less durable than some of the other items on our list, but if you’re only going to be doing some general running and light hiking then it has everything you need.
La Sportiva Hyper Mid GTX
On the opposite end of the spectrum from the North Face boot above, we have La Sportiva’s Hyper Mid GTX. This boot is all about rough and rugged performance. It can work excellently on some of the toughest hiking routes around and will feel right at home on mountains. If you’re interested in long backpacking trips and a bit of climbing, this could be the perfect boot for you.
The La Sportiva Hyper Mid GTX comes with a lot of padding throughout to really provide lots of comfort and support for every part of the foot, and also offers fantastic stability levels, helping you keep your balance in any situation. It has a smart waterproof membrane to survive in rough conditions while also allowing air to circulate around the feet. La Sportiva boots are usually extra comfy on people with narrow or regular sized feet, but this one might be a little tight if your feed happen to be wide. Apart from that one little issue, this boot is flawless.