Women’s Hiking Boots Reviews – Part 1

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KEEN Women’s Bryce Mid Hiking Boot Review

01-bhbwIf you are planning to go on a hike, you better use a good pair of hiking boots instead of your regular footwear. There are sports shoes, ofcourse, but they are not designed for hiking. You need to protect your soles and ankles from getting blisters during your hikes, which are essentially long walks on rough terrain. You are going to need sturdily built footwear, because normal footwear would wear and tear pretty quickly. Backpacking boots come in different types and more often than not, each type is designed for a particular terrain. But some say that what kind of trekking boots you choose to wear depends entirely on your personal choice. For women, it is important to protect those ankles and soles from getting blisters, and KEEN Women’s Bryce Mid Hiking Boots may be a great way of doing just that.

Features

  • Shaft is about 4.5” inches starting from the arch
  • Soles is about 0.75” inches
  • Heel measurement is about 1.25” inches
  • Imported, entirely made from leather, with sole made of rubber, waterproof
  • Membrane is breathable and is waterproof
  • EVA midsole is compression molded and dual density
  • Total weight about 490g
  • Upper made of textile and nubuck
  • Lining is made of KEEN.DRY membrane, water resistant
  • Toe protection is patented, covers over and up the outsole

Material

This boot gives you the feel of an extra spring in every step, thanks to its KEEN ZORB Strobel, which is stitched on the inside in order to provide that extra springy step. Another bit of extra comfort is provided by the EVA insoleKeen. The Zorb Strobel makes this boot feel very comfortable right after putting it on the first time. The cushioning layer based on foam really adds to the support. Its TPU featured stability shank offers yet extra support by stabilizing the foot in every movement, thus reducing fatigue in your feet. The dual density EVA midsole gives you yet another extra bit of comfort and a cushiony feel in every step you take. Its foot bed, made from dual-density EVA is removable and also offers arch support through hugging the contours of the foot.

Design

The design gives it the kind of look that makes you want to wear it anywhere you go. It has a sporty look with good use of various colors in a combination that that instantly catches the eye. Its water resistant leather upper is able to protect your ankles and feet from moisture. It’s a pretty simple, two tone color scheme that makes it colorful, yet not too flashy. Its non-marking outsole made of rubber, gives the wearer a steady step when traversing steep hills and trails.

Functionality

The most prominent feature of this pair of camping boots is that it is able to withstand really rought & tough terrains. Recommended for intense trekking usage in both the winter and autumn season.

Minor Issue

This boot requires some breaking in. You might get a few blisters from wearing it in the first few days. Just wear them as long as you can on any given day, then take them off to give your feet some rest. You will break them in in a few days.

Conclusion

Overall, this boot is going to make you feel pretty darn comfortable on your many hiking trips. Despite the fact that it might give you sore, blistered feet at first… in the end you will find that it is going to fit on your very comfortably. These boots will make it feel like they are really protecting your feet from getting tired of walking. This is a must have for those who want to hike for longer hours without worrying about how their boots are stressing them out, rathen than supporting them.

Ahnu Women’s Montara Boot Review

02-bhbwA good hiking trip should always be accompanied by a good pair of tramping boots. If you are a hiker looking for a pair of boots that are comfortable to wear during one of your mild or strenuous trails, then the Ahnu Women’s Montara Boot may fit your needs.

Features

  • Highly recommended for hiking use
  • It gives ankle protection
  • Water resistant upper, made of a combination of suede leather, rubber and leather
  • Lining is waterproof, made of breathable material mix of pig, nylon and membrane leather collar
  • Dual-density EVA midsole
  • Support has thermoplastic urethane shank
  • Outsole is made of Vibram rubber
  • Designed for women’s footwear
  • eVent trademark name included

Material

The uppers are made of suede leather and oiled leather and they are water resistant. It is both tough and flexible, and it will surely last for many years. It is able to perform well on the trail, plus the toe caps made of rubber protect the uppers and the feet from too much abrasion. The eVent trademark on its membrane material pretty much means that it protects the feet against various elements and at the same time retains its breathing ability. The collars’ pig leather material provides enhanced comfort, while its nylon linings provides protection against moisture by keeping it out of the boot and away from the feet. The lightweight, dual density EVA material that makes up the midsoles, offer cushiony support for the underfoot, while the thermoplastic urethane shanks provide torsional rigidity and midfoot stability. The outsoles made of Vibram rubber ensures that the boots have great durability and are able to provide good traction on any trails.

Design

The engineers behind the Ahnu Women’s Montara Boots have really thought out the design when they were creating these boots. According to some buyers, there were some previous disappointments with the brand, because they claimed features that were not actually true to the actual design of their boots. But Ahnu has definitely made up for its past behavior with these babies. It turns out that they fit perfectly around the foot. The rugged look of the boots makes it look rather sporty. But last but not least, it also looks like a super solid, rubber hiking boot.

Functionality

While this boot gets generally favorable reviews, there was one person who mentioned a balance problem. Stability could be better. When walking on uneven terrain, there is lesser support. This could be due to the construction of its upper. It is recommended to wear this boot on even terrain.

Minor Issues

For most women, these boots work fantastically well. However, there are some who have provided criticism. These boots can be used for long walks, but when they face tough terrain and steep hikes, they might starts to stress the feet, making them fatigued instead of comfortable.

Conclusion

These boots are recommended for those who enjoy short, light and flat trail hikes and who want to traverse said trails in style. They still protect the feet against wet weather, which is an additional plus point for this pair of boots. They are also perfect for women who have a wider foot and prefer high-volume fits. You may want to consider another boot for long outings, as there is a risk that they will give fatigue to the feet.

Hi-Tec Women’s Bandera Mid WP Hiking Boot Review

03-bhbwOne of the things that you, as a hardcore hiker, will always want to wear when you go out onto the trail, is a solid, well built pair of boots that is capable of traversing various terrains and weather conditions. There are lots of boots in the market to choose from, and there is a good chance they are all marketed a bit differently as various types. Each of these types are designed for a specific purpose, but generally any of these boots could be a good choice for hiking and trailing. For women, it is especially important to protect your feet from any moisture and other elements you may encounter on a hike. The Hi-Tec company has created these Bandera Mid WP Hiking Boots with the purpose of keeping them lightweight, yet highly supportive. The lightweight thing has certainly worked out well, since these only weigh about 3 pounds.

Features

  • Made with rustproof hardware, lining with protection against moisture, breathable and waterproof membrane
  • Outsole is made out of carbon rubber
  • Utilizes the D-Ring Lacing System
  • Upper is made of nylon and suede, padded collar
  • Weight is about 1.5 pound a pop

Material

The Bandera Mid WP hiking boot for women is made from a combination of mesh upper and suede leather, both of which are waterproof. The liner is waterproof as well, to keep the feet dry all throughout your hike. The lacing system serves the purpose of giving the wearer the ability to customize the fit when being worn. This pair of trekking boots make use of the compressed-moduled EVA midsole, plus the non-marked EVA rubber outsole. These features make them suitable to be backpacking on pretty much every terrain you can think of.

Design

They are very fancy to look at, because of their mesh design on the upper, which provides custom fitting to the feet. You can not only wear these during your hikes, but also during your daily life.

Functionality

One of the best things about this pair of boots is their omnipresent waterproofing feature, making this product a very attractive choice for most women. Even when the outer material of the boots is totally worn off from continuous use, its base skeleton is still durable. This is a feature that is regarded as highly commendable among hiking boot enthusiasts. When you look at the price/performance ratio, one can only conclude that this is a great bargain. Even more so when they are on sale.

Minor Issues

While there are no particular issues in regards to the quality and make of the boots… they are still light boots. They can wear out quickly, especially when used often and long on rough terrains. Its leather material may be a turn off to vegans and vegetarians, but it provides a durable outer layer that will provide extremely good support on long trails.

Conclusion

Bottomline… these Hi-Tec lightweight boots are a pretty good buy, just so long as you take into account that they will wear out. But you only need to replace them after they are totally worn out. They are a great bargain if you buy them on sale and in bulk, too. For the price you pay, you get the quality that you can expect.

Timberland Women’s White Ledge Hiking Boot Review

04-bhbwThe name Timberland is enough to let consumers know there’s a quality boot coming their way. Their industry standards are set on protection, durability and craftsmanship, which are features evident in each of their products that have ever been released to the market. They have been into the boots crafting industry since the year 1973, and have garnered worldwide attention. They are considered to be a global leader in terms of engineering, marketing and designing premium footwear. Timberland ensures their consumers that they get what they truly deserve, by introducing a series of backpacking boots, aside from other products they have, that will provide the best outdoor experience. The company is also an industrial leader in using recycled and sustainable materials, something that environmentalists will love. But this review is all about the White Ledge Hiking Boots designed for women. Find out how Timberland truly lives up to its name.

Features

  • Moisture-lining transfer made of synthetic lining
  • Nylon shank
  • Combined speed hook and black rivet eyebrow D-ring lacing made of antique brass
  • Padded collar and tongue
  • Premium leather material, waterproof
  • Sole is made of rubber
  • Footbed is padded
  • Upper is made of leather, waterproof
  • Can be used on inclement or wet conditions
  • Midsole is made up of EVA material for that extra cushioning
  • Average weight of 1 pound

Materials

In order to keep your feet dry in any kind of weather, it is semi-sealed and waterproof. Its full-grain leather is meant to ensure the feet from getting wet, plus you can cross streams and puddles with it. The EVA midsole material is able to absorb shocks, including the footbed, which provides all day comfort to the feet. It utilizes the B.S.F.P motion efficiency system on its outsole as a means it offers great traction as the wearer goes to steeper hills and climbs higher mountains.

Design

The upper has a mesh design, created to give the wearer the ability to custom fit it when worn. It has a wide sole, a design that gives it the ability to tread on any terrain, even if it is very rough.

Functionality

One of the functions that you can get from this pair of boots is its great traction, even when treading on wet terrain. The rubber used by Timberland is softer compared to what most Vibram made soles are made of. It does wear out a bit more quickly though.

Minor Issues

Because it is a lightweight boot, expect it to wear out quickly. This is not recommended for consumers who prefer to wear heavier boots.

Conclusion

This is a recommendable pair of bootsfor working, gardening, farming and on occasional hiking. Other activities include carpentry, roofing and other outdoor work. The value is a great deal, too. Considering the quality of the product, it is priced pretty moderately. Sure, there are better boots out there. But coming from a world-renowned brand like this, who are famous for creating high quality boots… I’d say you are getting lots of bang for your buck. Many consumers buy multiple pairs of these boots. Some buy them in bulk to save on the price. Even if it is lightweight boot, they are sturdy. It provides great support to the feet, but can give a bit of a pain to the heels when in use constantly.

KEEN Women’s Marshall Mid Hiking Boot Review

05-bhbwThe need to wear the right kind of kind of shoes for a specific purpose is essential. For hiking, it is necessary for the wearer to own a pair of hiking boots and use them for their hiking trips. The Keen Women’s Marshall Mid Hiking Boot is a popular choice among women doing mid-hill hiking. This is what many people generally think about when going on a hike.

Features

  • KEEN.DRY water resistant breathable membrane
  • Lightweight overlays made out of leather
  • Midsole made out of durable high-rebound PU
  • Contoured heel lock
  • 4mm multi-directional lugs
  • Nylon support shank
  • Lining that protects against moisture
  • Non-marking outsole made of rubber
  • EVA footbed that can be removed
  • Outsole is made out of solid rubber, has high traction ability
  • Mesh upper is water resistant, makes it customizable upon wearing it

Materials

There are materials in this pair of backpacking boots that features patented products such as the KEEN.DRY and KEEN.PROTECT. The former has key features of providing waterproofing, breathable membrane in which it evaporates the water and at the same time not letting it in the boots. The latter is a toe protection feature that wraps up the outsoles over the wearer’s toes, thus providing ultimate protection that you rarely ever see on most trekking boots.

Design

The total weight of the boots is about 380g, designed for trail running and hiking. This is solely for outdoor use, made for the hiking afficionados. Both boots are waterproof and can be used under wet weather conditions. The lining is a moisture wicking material, upper is made out of textile while the rubber is a non-marking material. The women’s mid hiking boots may differ in size, since there is a male version of this boot as well.

Functionality

This pair is hailed for its amazing support for the ankles. Since not all camping boots are created to support the ankles, this one comes in a style that can be casually worn, even on flat-plane hikes. They can be used for outdoor work, too. Traction and durability also hold up for this product. The steel toe feature provides protection to your toes, a perfect choice for those who are conscious of protecting their soles while trekking or hiking at high plains.

Minor Issues

As cool as these trekking boots are, they are not recommended for wearers that have high arches, because it is flat. This means that it is a perfect fit for people with flat feet. For those who are having trouble finding the kind of boots that offers more support, it is best to look somewhere else.

Conclusion

This is one great pair of backpacking boots to take with you on a mountain-hiking trip. Hiking trips can be stressful to the ankles, but because of this boots’ extensive support to the ankles, it makes it really comfortable to walk around, up and down the steepness of the mountains. The support to the ankles is balanced, plus they are lightweight, too.

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