In this blog post I would like to present you my selection of the best light hiking shoes for 2017 - 2018.
I was wearing light hiking shoes on my hiking trip in the Sarek National Park in Sweden.
Compared to traditional hiking boots they are of course much lighter and packable but they also offer less stabilization, less protection and are not always waterproof.
The best hiking shoes of 2017
|Inov-8 Roclite 282 GTX||282 grams / 9.9 oz.|
|Adidas Terrex Solo||349 grams / 12.3 oz.|
|Adidas Terrex Fast GTX Surround||368.5 grams / 13 oz.|
|Adidas Terrex Fast R GTX||411 grams / 14.5 oz.|
|Adidas Terrex Scope GTX||419.6 grams / 14.8 oz.|
|Salewa Wildfire Pro||420 grams / 14.8 oz.|
|Scarpa Zen Pro||480 grams / 16.9 oz.|
|Arcteryx Acrux2 FL GTX Approach||492 grams / 17.4 oz.|
Adidas Terrex Fast R GTX
Weight: 411 grams / 14.5 oz.
The Adidas Terrex Fast R GTX are light athletic shoes which are - due to their protective weldings and a grippy Continental™ Rubber outsole - also suitable to wear on the mountain.
Adidas Terrex Fast GTX Surround
weight: 368.5 grams / 13 oz.
The Adidas Terrex Fast GTX Surround is a waterproof hiking boot which also protects your ankles.
The fabric wicks away moisture and the protective overlay protects agains rocks on the trail.
The Continental rubber sole also provides a good grip in difficult terrain and the speed lacing system ensures a proper fit and more time on the trail.
Adidas Terrex Scope GTX
weight: 419.6 grams / 14.8 oz.
The Adidas Terrex Scope GTX is waterproof and breathable and comes with an abrasion resistant material in the heel area and in the forefoot.
The shoe also features a STEALTH rubber sole which provides good grip.
Adidas Terrex Solo
Weight: 349 grams / 12.3 oz.
The Adidas Terrex Solo are flexible shoes with a breathable mesh upper. The Terrex Solo also has a Stealth rubber toe cap to protect your toes and the TRAXION™ outsole should provide a god grip.
Arc’teryx Acrux2 FL GTX Approach
Weight: 492 grams / 17.4 oz.
The most innovative part in the Arc’teryx Acrux2 FL GTX are probably the removable and interchangeable footwear liners for different weather and terrain conditions (for example use a more insulated layer if you are planning to go hiking in a colder environment).
The Arc’teryx Acrux2 FL GTX comes with a GORE-TEX liner makes the shoe waterproof. The Vibram sole gives the Acrux2 also a safe grip in the field. The Arc’teryx Acrux2 is also made of fast drying materials.
Inov-8 Roclite 282 GTX
Weight: 282 grams / 9.9 oz.
The ROCLITE 282 GTX promises a combination of natural movement and flexibility with breathability offered by Gore flex with its 1.4 billion pores per square centimeter which makes the Roclite 282 watertight. The outsole of the Roclite 282 GTX offers good grip on wet rocks.
Meindl Ontario Lady GTX
weight: 320 grams / 11.3 oz.
The Meindl Ontario Lady GTX comes with a Gore-Tex lining, a Air-Active Footbed and the Meind Magic Active Sole.
Salewa Wildfire Pro
Weight: 420 grams / 14.8 oz.
The Wildfire Pro has been designed for mountain professionals who enjoy climbing and hiking.
Vibram Tech Approach EVO outsole with Megagrip compound is a sticky and durable rubber compound that gives 25% more traction.
Scarpa Zen Pro
Weight: 480 grams / 16.9 oz.
The Scarpa Zen Pro comes with a Vibram sole and PU-injected leather along the side to improve abrasion resistance. The Scarpa Zen Pro is a quite popular shoe and many like it’s grip and feel on the foot.
The North Face Mountain Sneaker
weight: 298 grams / 10.5 oz.
The North Face Mountain Sneaker comes with the comfortable and stable XtraFoam soles which offers great traction on all surfaces.
Further, it offers a breathable mesh vamp and stretch-mesh monosock construction so you can easily put them on and off.
The TPU toe cap also offers protection and the CRADLE technology makes sure that the shoe offers proper heel positioning as well.
Advantages and disadvantages of wearing ultralight hiking shoes
- They are very lightweight compared to traditional hiking or backpacking boots.
- They don’t need that much space to store them.
- They dry faster.
- Sometimes they costs are lower.
Disadvantages of ultralight hiking shoes
- There is a chance that you will get wet feet since those shoes don’t go over your ankles especially if you don’t buy a GTX (waterproof) shoe. One solution to keep your feet dry would be to wear latex socks over your regular merino socks.
- Ultralight Hiking Shoes won’t give you much support when carry a heavier backpack.
- Durability can be an issue if your shoe is made of very thin and lightweight materials.
Choosing the right ultralight hiking shoes is not just a matter of specs and features but also about the design.
The Inov-8 Roclite 282 GTX are probably the best shoes which you can get if you look for the lightest weight and a good sole.
At least I was happy with my Inov-8 shoes when I was hiking 1 week in Sweden beside having constantly we feet.
However, in some cases you can also dry them in the evenings on a camp fire (if it’s allowed in the area where you are planning to go hiking).
The most important factors for me are weight, grip of the sole and if they can dry fast.
I hope this blog post was helpful to find the best ultralight hiking shoes for you.
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