Lafuma X Light Mid OT
Built for day hiking and overnight trips, the X Light Mid OT is a durable shoe that's tough enough to withstand the most rugged terrain. Created with reinforced rubber toecaps, heels help to protect the shoes and your feet from abrasions or snags. Lafuma has lined the interior with synthetic materials for quick-dry comfort. Additional features include a durable tri-density Phylon midsole which absorbs shock and provides added cushion for superior comfort while on the trail. Average price: $130.
Highly praised, the Altitude is a rugged all-weather boot for the budget conscious hiker. Made from Nubuck leather uppers and fitted with rubber toes and heels, the design on this boots lends itself to exceptional durability. Fitted with quick-drying Dri-Lex liners, the shoes are sure to keep your feet dry even on the wettest trails. Average price: $80.
Kayland Vertigo Light
Created in both men- and women-specific designs, the Vertigo Light is a lightweight hiking boot with a heavy-duty build. Equipped with an eVent membrane for superior waterproofing and eco-friendly cocona lining, this boot is highly breathable. Additional features include extended lacing that begins near the toe box for precise fit, solid arch support and a cradling heel cup. Average price: $180.
Keen Targhee II
Keen's Targhee II is a high performance mid-cut hiking boot with hardcore durability. Lightweight and flexible, the Targhee II combines outstanding cushioning with added exterior protection from rugged terrain. Fitted with an eVent design which allows perspiration to dry quickly, this boot is highly breathable while maintaining a waterproof exterior. Average price: $125.
Article Written By Patricia Poulin
Patricia Poulin is a freelance writer based out of the western slope of Colorado. Poulin's travels and insight have chronicled in print media resources, such as "Inside Outside" and "Breathe" magazine. She is also a regular contributor for other various publications including "USA Today." Poulin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.