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What are some features of light hiking boots?

Lightweight hiking boots, or day hiking shoes, offer less support than hiking boots. But light hiking boots are a comfortable and appropriate choice for day hikes and for wearing around the campsite on camping trips if you are not carrying a heavy pack. Look for hiking shoes that are breathable and water-resistant, with a sturdy sole.

Here are some other features to keep in mind when you are focusing on light hiking boots:

  • Lining: A larger proportion of nylon mesh in the lining helps to reduce weight in light hiking boots.
  • Midsole: Look for lightweight hiking boots with an EVA midsole, which weighs less than a polyurethane midsole.
  • Outsole: Even when shopping for light hiking boots, look for Vibram rubber outsoles for superior support and durability.

Many brands of hiking boots have lightweight models as well as heavier models of backpacking hiking boots. For example, the Hi-Tec Women’s V-lite Altitude Ultra WPI light hiking boots feature nubuck leather to resist dampness and abrasions, plus a contoured midsole shank and EVA midsole for support without extra weight, and a Vibram outsole.

For expert advice and a wide selection of light hiking boots, visit your local Sun & Ski Sports shop.

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