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✅ TOP 5: Best Hiking Shoes 2020

February 8, 2020

Are you looking for the best hiking shoes? In this video, we will top hiking shoes on
the market. Before we get started with our video detailing
the best hiking shoes, we have included links in the description for each product mentioned,
so make sure you check those out to see which is in your budget range. Starting off at number 1 we have the Salomon
X Ultra 3 GTX. The Salomon X Ultra 3 is our top lightweight
hiking shoe for 2020, combining a feathery feel with impressive on-trail performance. As with the previous model, the third edition
puts it all together: the shoe is competitively light at 1 pound 10 ounces (for a men’s
size 9), the tread design offers impressive grip in just about all conditions, and the
stable chassis and cushioned interior are great for long trail days. All told, we highly recommend the X Ultra
for day hikes, quick summits, and even lightweight backpacking. Salomon drew heavily from their trail running
expertise with the X Ultra 3’s design. The single-pull laces are fast to use and
provide a secure fit, and the shoe is far more nimble than traditional hikers like the
Merrell Moab 2 or Keen Targhee III. But you don’t sacrifice protection like
with a trail runner—Salomon includes a substantial toe cap and enough cushioning underfoot for
hauling a pack. We found the fit runs narrow in the toe box,
but the good news is that the low-top GTX version is now offered in wide sizes. At number 2 we have the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator. These may not be your long distance or ultra-rugged
hiking shoes, but there is a lot to like about Merrell’s flagship Moab 2. What has made this shoe so popular over the
years? A lightweight but planted feel, a comfortable
fit, and an attractive price point. Merrell updated the Moab a couple of years
ago including a more durable upper and greater cushioning in the heel of the footbed, but
the formula largely remains the same. For day hikers sticking to established trails,
the Moab 2 is a great value. In terms of downsides, on rocky and muddy
trails we found that traction and stability fall short of a performance shoe like the
Salomon X Ultra 3. And despite a competitive 1-pound 15-ounce
weight for a pair, the shoe feels a little slow and cumbersome compared with some lighter
models. But these are small complaints about an otherwise
fantastic shoe, and we highly recommend the Moab 2 for day hikes and lightweight backpacking. Keep in mind that we included the non-waterproof
“Vent” here, but Merrell also makes a waterproof version that costs $120 and weighs
slightly more at 2 pounds 1 ounce per pair. At number 3 we have the Altra Lone Peak 4.5. Running-centric brand Altra is an uber-popular
option for thru-hikers and minimalists, with a strong line-up of heavily cushioned yet
lightweight shoes. Their flagship trail runner is the Lone Peak,
and for fall of 2019, Altra released the “4.5.” Changes include an upgraded midsole and simplified
upper and lacing system, but the formula largely remains the same. In use, we’ve found that the Lone Peak is
decently tough, provides solid traction, and the thick cushioning isolates you from harsh
impacts underfoot. Given its low weight of just 1 pound 5 ounces
per pair, the Lone Peak is a consistent favorite on the AT and PCT. There are a few important things to keep in
mind when choosing a trail-running shoe like the Altra Lone Peak for hiking. First, you get less protection at the toe
and along the sides of the foot than the more hiking-centric shoes on this list. Second, the shoe flexes more than a traditional
hiker and won’t be as comfortable on steep climbs and over rocky terrain. Third, the Lone Peak has a wide fit, particularly
in the toe box. If you have narrow feet, we recommend looking
for a different trail runner such as the Brooks Cascadia. At number 4 we have the La Sportiva TX4. The La Sportiva TX4 certainly isn’t a traditional
pick, but boy do we love this shoe. It’s built as an approach shoe, which means
that it’s grippy and tough for long hikes to climbing objectives or traveling over steep,
rocky terrain. The Vibram outsole, full rubber rand, and
smooth area of sticky rubber under the toe make it a great option for scrambling, smearing,
and edging on rock. But what we have been impressed with most
is its versatility: the TX4 does equally well moving fast on the trail with its light and
moderately flexible construction. We even like it for everyday use due to the
high levels of comfort and attractive design. As with most approach shoes, the La Sportiva
TX4 does have limitations. The dotty tread grips exceptionally well on
wet and dry rock and even impressed us with traction on snow, but it will fall short of
a true hiking shoe in dirt and mud. Further, some hikers—mostly those of the
fast-and-light variety—might find that the stiffer sole feels clunky and inflexible. But overall, don’t be dissuaded by the approach
shoe label: the TX4 is a worthy companion for long days on the trail. And keep in mind that La Sportiva does make
this shoe in a number of versions, including the mesh TX3, which has more breathability,
up to the burly TX5 which is a full-on hiking boot. And at number 5 we have the The North Face
Ultra 110 GTX. The North Face may list the Ultra 110 GTX
as a trail-running shoe, but we think it checks all the boxes for a quality lightweight hiker:
it has a stable platform, good foot protection, and durable construction. We were big fans of the old Ultra 109 GTX,
and the 110 addresses our primary complaint: tread life. Whereas the 109 wore down in less than one
season of use, the updated rubber is much more aggressive and is holding up far better
on the rocky and rough trails of the Cascade Range. One of the Ultra 110’s closest competitors
is the Salomon X Ultra 3. The North Face shoe is a little stiffer and
more stable in technical terrain, grips just as well as the Salomon, and undercuts it in
price by $30. On the other hand, the Ultra 110 weighs 2
ounces more per shoe and feels a little clunky by comparison. In the end, we give the slight edge to the
nimbler X Ultra 3, but The North Face has a real winner in the Ultra 110 GTX. So that sums up the top hiking shoes. We hope you enjoyed. If you did please leave a like on the video
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