One of the best new light-weight waterproof climbing boots

There is a hiking shoe for almost every type of adventure and level of fitness you take on. When winter just sets in, often swap the bulk of the heavier, insulated boots for a stripped-down design that will keep you sure-footed and dry in wet and dynamic conditions – and where smaller boots can take off your socks quickly. These powerful mid-range hikers are easily and quickly ready for wetter weather and as comfortable on the trail as they run errands on weekends.

Salomon Crosshike Mid GTX

The multi-directional cleats under the Crosshike grip almost any terrain, from loose stones to mud-covered tree trunks, with a heel brake so you stay in control when descending. With courage that looks like a trail running shoe, the bouncing midsole returns energy when walking. A Gore-Tex liner keeps your feet dry even when the DWR outer treatment wears off.

Lowa Dublin III GTX Qc

LOWA Dublin
With the sneaker-like comfort, the Dublin III keeps its weatherproof appearance discreet. The slightly insulated, structured exterior looks like at home in combination with jeans. But the chukka has a toothed handle underneath that takes these less than technical trails. Any water that gets past the suede upper is stopped by the Gore-Tex membrane underneath.

Mammut Saentis Pro WP

This sneaker-like shoe with a Michelin Trail studded sole offers enough grip for serious off-roading. The softshell upper is breathable and water-repellent, with a lining between it and your foot should it rain or sneak in. If your trail runs end in an outdoor beer garden in the city, these have the right styling and colors in.

Obox Sypes Mid leather waterproof hiking shoes


The upper nubuck leather and the robust Codura TPU covers form a hard shell for this light and fast hiker. Inside, an algae-based foam insert, along with recycled laces and webbing, keep your environmental impact as light as your steps. The heel cup clips on the outside keep your feet on the ground and the chunky cleats underfoot give you the confidence to tackle more technical terrain.

The North Face activist Mid Futurelight

TNF The hikers of the north face

Think of the Activist Mid as the most capable pair of high-top sneakers in your closet. A breathable and waterproof Futurelight membrane keeps your feet dry from the elements, while an old-school toe-kick protects the front of the shoe from scratches. The EVA midsole provides the cushioning of a sneaker, while the outside grips much better than your average tennis shoe.

Columbia SH / FT OutDry middle shoe

Columbia shoes

Don’t be fooled by the comfortable, tight-fitting knitted boot. The OutDry layer makes the knitted exterior waterproof and, in conjunction with waterproof leather covers, brings these capable hikers safely into colder, more humid climates beyond the shoulder season. The future-retro style is certainly eye-catching (though not quite as noticeable as Columbia’s Facet 45 OutDry with its double-strap lacing system), while the SH / FT soles go the way, and embedded pearls offer smooth, almost bouncy steps that Nike fans are reminded of Zoom Damping.

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