Gear Roundup: 10 hiking boots and trail running shoes to up your game this fall

Gear Roundup: 10 hiking boots and trail running shoes to up your game this fall

While the summer may be entering its final stages, there’s still plenty of time to get outside and explore before the snow comes and we all ditch our hiking, running and camping gear for ski boots and two planks. We’ve rounded up an assortment of hiking boots and trail running shoes to help you get after it this fall.


1. Columbia Women’s Conspiracy Vapor

This minimalist women’s shoe is great for a variety of different outdoor adventures. Its mesh construction in the upper portion keeps it light and breathable, while rubber reinforcements in the sole adds a bit of durability, too. MSRP: $80

2. The North Face Women’s Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX

We love Gore-Tex around here, and the Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX features Gore-Tex construction ensuring your feet stay dry when you’re getting after it out there. These runners also feature TNF’s Cradle technology, where the midsole is constructed to naturally absorb impacts, stabilize the foot and promote a proper foot alignment. MSRP: $150

3. Scarpa Ignite

These lightweight trail runners (10.2 oz per shoe) are engineered for longer treks into the wilderness. 4.5 mm lugs on the sole increase traction for dealing with slippery surfaces, and high-density EVA foam helps to protect your forefoot. Mesh in the upper portion of the shoe ups breathability and a webbed exoskeleton ensures optimal performance and response. MSRP: $125

4. Salomon Sense Pro

This offering from Salomon comes in at an astounding 8.5 ounces per shoe. In addition to the lightweight build, the Quicklace one pull tightening system ensures easy on and easy off, and an internal sleeve hugs the foot in all of the correct spots, improving terrain feedback and provide an optimal fit. MSRP: $130

5. The North Face Men’s Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX

See number 2, above. MSRP: $150

6. Pearl Izumi Road N1

The Road N1 is an ideal option for road running or kicking up dirt on the trails. The offset shaped midsole provides a smooth, responsive ride with cushioning and support for a comfortable experience. Additionally, seamless construction in the upper portion of the shoe helps deliver a “glove-like” fit. MSRP: $115

7. Columbia Peakfreak Enduro Mid Outdry

For how lightweight this boot is (12.9 oz per shoe), it’s durable as hell. Its waterproof, breathable mesh top helps battle the elements, welded ripstop nylon increases the durability factor and a cushioned midsole ensures you stay comfortable while romping around the outdoors. MSRP: $135

8. Salomon Quest 4D GTX

Gore-Tex construction helps these backpacking boots ward off unwanted moisture from entering, while its gusseted tongue—a bridge of material connecting the tongue to the upper portion of the boot, helps keep debris out. An Ortholite sock liner—a combination of EVA and Ortholite foam in the heel, provides ridiculous comfort and support. MSRP: $230

9. Ahnu Coburn

The Coburn is a burly hiking boot that’s suitable for all-day adventures in the woods. Waterproof leather construction helps keep moisture out and a rubber toe protector keeps your “little piggies” from crying all the way home. Ahnu’s Numentum technology also helps to center the foot and promote better hiking balance and posture. MSRP: $165

10. The North Face Men’s Ultra Fastpack

The trail running version of the Ultra Fastpack listed above, this shoe was made for moving light and fast through the wilderness. The FlashDry collar helps to wick away moisture caused by excess sweat, while a Pebax plate, lightweight thermoplastic elastomer material, adds a bit of spring to your step and provides terrain feedback as well. MSRP: $120

Related: 7 boardshorts to serve your summer and aprés ski needs

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