Top Walking Boots 2015
This last year has been ideal for embracing the outdoors and exploring all of the treks and trails the world has to offer with it being largely the warmest year on record so there has been numerous opportunities to test out many pairs of Walking Boots. If you’re new to hiking and trekking then finding the ideal pair not only for walking trails at certain times of the year, multi-climate and sports specific, or simply one that fits best can be daunting, especially with so many available from a number of great quality brands. To help this guide from Fitness Footwear will show you five of the best Top Walking Boots for 2015 based on a number of factors like comfort, support and what environment each one works best in to you can choose what fits your needs the most.
Columbia Original Omni Heat Bugaboot
Part of the popular collection of the same name, the Columbia Original Omni Heat Bugaboot is built for cold and wet weather hikes and they certainly look the part. The upper is oil full-grain leather, the collar and tongue are Corduroy textile and the inclusion of a rubber shell and seam-sealing makes them waterproof and durable at the same time for lasting protection against the elements. It also has metal eyelets and lacing hardware for better durability and also gives a lasting secure fit to help reduce it slackening off after a long walk like some footwear can do. Internally you have a lot of comfort and cushioning from a Techlite midsole while the Omni-Heat thermal reflective liner keeps them warm by retaining initial heat and any generated as you move. As terrain is varied on most trails and routes these Bugaboots have high-traction rubber outsoles so they have plenty of reliable grip just about anywhere.
Keen Targhee II Mid Boots
Recently the Keen Targhee II Mid Boots have been extremely popular with outdoor enthusiasts as they are packed with premium technical features and are brilliant in wet weather. Keen is known for the tough, protective toe box design each of their footwear has which is a reassuring thing on any hike and the removable EVA footbed and midsoles in this particular model give a lot of support that helps to reduce strain and fatigue. A Keen.Dry membrane and nubuck leather upper ensure moisture from wet ground and rain from light showers is kept away while also allowing perspiration to escape. As the Keen Targhee Twos are mid-length they have ankle support which is ideal on rockier terrain while the soles are non-marking so there’s no frustrating build-up of mud to worry about and the 4mm lugs keep you firmly gripped to the ground.
Jack Wolfskin All Terrain Texapore Boots
If you need a good all-rounder that performs well in most weather conditions then the Jack Wolfskin All Terrain Texapore Boots are ideal. The construction sees different technologies like a Vibram Mountain Trek outsole that manages to be light, yet feels substantial and gives a lot of traction but also cushioning as well. Weather resistant features include a suede and polyester upper combination with a Hydrophobic coating, a Circuliner breathable polyester liner and a fully waterproof and moisture wicking Texapore O2+ membrane which prevents everything but water from submersion or heavy downpour getting inside. Other features like heel and toe caps ensure better protection from inevitable impacts against rocks and harder ground while the lacing system has both metal and nylon components which help keep a secure fit without them loosening after a long walk.
Merrell Moab Mid GTX XCR Boots
The Merrell Moab range is very popular as not only is it a reliable and performs well but comes in a number of models that cater to just about every taste. This particular version; the Merrell Moab Mid GTX XCR Boot is perfect for summer hikes that may result in sudden downpours. Obviously you will work up a sweat hiking in warmer weather so the interior contains a breathable GORE-TEX mesh liner with Aegis Antimicrobial treatment which prevents any odour build-up, allows moisture to escape and prevents any getting inside as well leaving you feeling fresh and dry. The upper has GORE-TEX in the leather as well for plenty of water resistance. Cushioning and support are substantial with a Merrell Air Cushion, Ortholite footbed and moulded arch shank and EVA footframe built into each pair and a Vibram Multi-Sport Plus outsole that grips and gives plenty of braking at the heel so you feel in control with each step.
The North Face Chilkat II Luxe Boots
At first glance The North Face Chilkat II Luxe Boots look like they are made for winter conditions and once worn you can instantly tell that is exactly the case. Each aspect of these boots is built to protect your feet from the elements as three components are waterproof; the BLC compliant leather upper, seam-sealed construction and anatomical TPR shell so they can trek through a lot of wet and snowy weather. They have 200 grams of Heatseeker insulation so are rated to minus 3 degrees Celsius making them comfortable and warm during the colder seasons and a TVF Winter Grip sole that keeps your footing firmly in place with every step. For support like a lot of technical footwear they have compression moulded EVA midsoles and if you want extra respite from the cold conditions the Chilkats even have D-rings for you to attach Gaiters as well.
So whether you want to trek through snowy Alpine trails in the TNF Chilkat boots, battle a downpour in the Keen Targhee Twos or just enjoy strolls when you can in the Jack Wolfskin Texapore boots these Top 5 Walking Boots for 2015 will help you explore the outdoors exactly how you want.