2018 Hiking Shoe Review

10 shoes that make for happy hiking


Columbia – Conspiracy III

Columbia – Conspiracy III

www.columbiasportswear.ca – $190

If you want light, bright dry and stylin’ in your hiking shoe, lace up the Conspiracy III. A synthetic waterproof membrane keeps feet dry moving fast on the trails.

Merrell – Siren Hex Q2 E-Mesh

Merrell – Siren Hex Q2 E-Mesh

www.merrell.com – $140

If speed is in your hiking game, the Siren Hex Q2 covers all the angles for spring adn summer treks. A mesh moisture wicking upper is super light and the sole is grippy and protective.

Salewa – Crow GTX

Salewa – Crow GTX

www.salewa.com – $379

This sexy boot will not let you down. Waterproof Gortex keeps you dry. In true mountaineer fashion, this rigid platform will hold you up on narrow ledges and keep you stable on approach.

Salomon – Quest 4D 3 GTX

Salomon – Quest 4D 3 GTX

www.salomon.com – $290

Salomon makes great mountain footwear and the Quest 4D lives up to the standard. A solid high-top, waterproof hiker, it will excel  on rocks, dirt, mud or even snow. A great boot.

WindRiver – Kananaskis

WindRiver – Kananaskis

www.marks.com – $100

Lace up the Kananaskis any time conditions get wet. A low-cut hiker, this shoe has a sticky “Tarantula” grip to prevent slips and falls on rocky terrrain.


Columbia – Daska Pass III

Columbia – Daska Pass III

www.columbiasportswear.ca – $230

Daska Pass III is a light waterproof, high-top hiker with a grippy Vibram sole that’s great for trekking on wet rocks and trails. High ankle padding is a comfy feature.

Merrell – MQM Flex WTPF

Merrell – MQM Flex WTPF

www.merrell.com – $150

MQM (Moving Quickly in the Mountains) is a light and nimble shoe, that could be a fast-packer’s best friend. Hyperlock heel fitting keeps you in your shoe going up and coming down the hills.

Salewa – Crow GTX

Salewa – Crow GTX

www.salewa.com – $379

Built for performance, the stiff midsole takes some breaking in, but they will conquer any terrain. Clip on crampons when your Everest beckons. Sweet boots.

Salomon – OUTpath

Salomon – OUTpath

www.salomon.com – $170

Outpath has an agressive tread to keep you moving on the trails. A snug fit, protective toe cap and a nice amount of cushion will let your hikes go on all day.

WindRiver – Lefroy Approach

WindRiver – Lefroy Approach

www.marks.com – $130

Waterproof, comfortable and priced right, this Mark’s branded boot offers protection and comfort for any day hike. Ready to go right out of the box.