If you are looking for new hiking boots for the summer trails, here are three ideal summer boots to consider. We have chosen lightweight boots made from fabric and fitted with Gore-Tex lining for waterproofing and breathability.
Weight per pair: 830g (men’s size 42); 720g (women’s size 38)
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The lightweight hiking boots for summer trails include useful features such as Gore-Tex Surround Technology to keep your feet dry if the rain comes and a higher ankle for extra support in more rugged terrain and to protect against knocks from rocks.
In addition, the breathable “Nano-Cells” structure of the upper area of the boots works with the Gore-Tex to ensure good levels of breathability. This is important if you are walking in hot weather and suffer with sweaty feet.
The boots have been designed to offer good levels of support with Ortholite footbeds and a snug fit. The Vibram soles include what La Sportiva call an “Impact braking System”. This means they are good at gripping the ground and they are suitable for a range of terrain, including rocky baths, gravel trails, grass and some tarmac.
For a lighter boot with a mid-height ankle also try the La Sportiva Synthesis Mid GTX hiking boot.
Weight per pair: Around 1,200g for the men’s boots
RRP £170 (£130 at Millet Sports)
The lightweight and supportive boots are based on Salomon’s well-known running shoe technology to create a boot that is easy to wear yet robust enough for the trails.
Features include a high-top cuff and Gore-Tex liner for waterproofing and breathability whatever the weather and temperature.
The upper is mostly fabric with some Nubuck leather detailing and inside the boot comfort comes from the OrthoLite sockliner and EVA heel cup.
The boots boast Salomon’s “4D Advanced Chassis” which gives “foot control and protection” for stability when hiking trails.
The sole is fitted with High Traction Contragrip for grip on off-road terrain.
Although heavier than the La Sportiva boots, the Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX hiking boots offer a durable looking outer and a more robust boot all-round. These would serve both as high altitude summer hiking boots and general-purpose winter walking boots, too.
Weight per pair: 1,022g (women’s); 1,202g (men’s).
RRP: £ 150
The boots are meant for summer hiking in demanding terrain and provide high levels of comfort as well as standard features such as Gore-Tex and superbly grippy Vibram Scale soles.
The Vibram Scale soles have multi-directional, mid-height lugs that are arranged in a scale formation and have the ability to self clean.
Additional details include memo foam cushioning, TPU all-round impact protection and an integrated elastic tongue.
Hiking boot retail-therapy is a great excuse to get out there and put your new purchase to good use! If you are keen to try out your summer hiking boots on a walking holiday how about our top summer suggestions of Scotland, the French Alps, a fantastic new Two Sides of the Matterhorn holiday and the Channel Islands?