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Six Hiking Boots Women Seem To Favor
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With so many different styles, colors and types of hiking boots available out there, we picked six hiking boots women seem to favor, from two different manufacturers. We took some of the most important characterisitics and features from each of them and will present them here.  If you like them, take a look. If not, keep watching because we'll present six more in a little while and you can look at them too. 

This is not a sales pitch. It's only an attempt to show you what's out there and what everyone else seems to be buying according to the companies themselves.  These are the women's hiking boots that are their best sellers, according to the companies themeselves.

The first company we chose is one of the most popular and makes a humongous amount of boots for just about any specialty.  The company is REI and here are the top picks for them at this time.

1.  Keen Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots.  Cost about $125.  The outters and the linings are said to be waterproof.  The ankle cuff is a mid-height.  The lacing is running through nylon eyelet grommets.  Inside, the innersole is EVA footbed and EVA midsoles.  The sole is a hard rubber with excellent traction.  The shank is ESS and has to get the credit for the tremendous assistance because it brings torsional rigidity to the table, which is excellent when you're walking over rock, stone and pebble-strewn trails and paths or traversing along loose and slippery slopes.

2.  Lowa Bora GTX QC.  Cost about $180. This boot is so popular that Altrec, one the the biggest online suppliers, is out of stock at the time of this writing. This is a very lightweight hiking boot made from splitgrain leather and is joined by nylon mesh uppers. The lacing runs through nylon eyelet grommets.  The inner liners are Gore-Tex seam sealed, so you know they're waterproof.  The linings are polyester mesh which helps to wick the sweat and excess moisture away from the skin.  The ankles and tongue are padded. The midsoles are polyurethane sturdy and the outer soles are of rubber.

3.  Asolo Attiva GRX Cost around $220.  They are claimed to be waterproof and include the popular seam sealed Gore-Tex liners.  The footsoles and midsoles are EVA material.  The heel area includes active heel support to prevent the heels from slipping up and down and causing blisters.  The outer soles are rubber with Aso break technology. The tongue is gusseted and the ankle scree cuff is well padded.  Those of you who know REI, should know what ASO break technology is.  If not, you can look it up on their site or wait for our forthcoming article about it.

The Next company that we chose on this go around is Merrell.  One of the most popular hiking boot companies in the world. Their website is plain and often vague but they do supply more information than most.  They are known to produce a high quality product.

1.  Whiteout 8 Waterproof Boot.  Cost $135 or thereabouts.  The ankle support reaches very high up on the ankle. Not your "normal" height ankle support found on most boots.  The upper is comprised of both full grain leather and fabric.  There is a "waterproof" membrane that they claim is impermeable but breathable. The lacing is through D-ring gaiter loops.  The inner footbed is made of Ortholite® Anatomical material.  This boot has a molded nylon arch shank and the heel contains Merrell air cushion which absorbs shock and adds stability to the shoe.

2.  Women's Col Mid Waterproof with a cost of just about $150.  Another full-grain leather upper, this waterproof hiking boot includes a full Bellow's tongue.  Many people call this a "gusseted" tongue.  Pretty much the same thing. This helps to keep cree and debris out of the boot and is effective. The waterproof membrane Merrell uses is said to be an impermeable barrier but is also breathable.  This is a barrier that Merrell uses almost exclusively. The lining on this particular boot is treated with what is known as Aegis® Antimicrobial solution which helps prevent foot odor and fungus.  The arch shank is, again, the molded nylon arch shank and the midsole area is protected and supported by  Merrell TrailBound™ Technology, which provides a cushioned support that is known to be durable over terrain that is tough and rocky.  The soles are made by Vibram so you know they're top quality and the traction is provided by TC5 Sticky Rubber Compound which provies excellent traction of slippery surfaces.

3.  Women's Outbound Mid which costs $195 currently.  This boot has a fabric upper made from Cordura®/Ripstop and contains a full Bellow's tongue to reduce debris.  The lacing goes through metal hook and lacing eyelets, which are like little pulleys.  They secure the lacing and they also make it easier to take the boot off when the time comes.  The lining is a Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining that protects the feet and tends to keep them warm and dry.  Also included is the standard Merrell inclusion of an Ortholite® Anatomical Footbed and the Merrell® Air Cushion in the heel area.  Again, the sole on this boot is made by the good folks at Vibram and the sole is an Outbound Sole which is made from CT Rubber.

Merrell tends to give up more information in their marketing information whereas REI, an excellent company with excellent and plentiful products, markets more through a visual context.  Their pictures of the products are much better. 

This is information that should get you started on your search for the perfect waterproof women's hiking boot. If you see one or more of the boots that interest you and you check them out, our job is done.  What we want to do is provide you with enough preliminary information that at least you know what’s out there and what everyone else is buying right now. 

We try not to place too much bias into our information.  That’s another article all together.   We only want you to know about the features and characteristics that are important.  However, if you are not sure what some of the features mean or how they are put to use, check out the excellent article entitled "What To Look For When Buying A New Pair Of Quality Hiking Boots."  To view that article simply click here on Buying Quality Hiking Boots.


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