CHEYENNE, WY â€“ OutdoorGearLab.com announced today the results of its 2013 Editors’ Choice awards for women’s hiking shoes. Over ten of the best shoes were compared in extensive side-by side testing. They were evaluated in the following categories: weight, comfort, support, traction, versatility, water resistance and durability.
The testing involved may months of camping and backpacking around the Eastern Sierra, the southwest desert and the Pacific Coast. View the complete reviews at women’s hiking shoes.
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX – Women's â€“ Winner of the Editors’ Choice award for 2013. According to Gear Editor McKenzie Long, "Our criteria for the best hiking shoe was one that was comfortable and versatile. We were looking for footwear that is lighter than a traditional hiking boot, but burlier and more supportive than a running shoe. The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra fits that description to a T, winning it the Best in Class award. Marketed as a trail running shoe, we found that it performs just as well hiking, approaching, and for missions around town. It has a waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex membrane, allowing it to protect a little better while splashing through puddles or hiking through rain.â€
Merrell Moab Ventilator – Women's â€“ Winner of the Best Buy award for 2013. This award is given to a product that balances a high score in our tests and a reasonable price. According to Long, â€œThe Merrell Moab Ventilator is a cushy, breathable shoe with a wide toe-box and a meshy upper. It is remarkably ventilated, and is the most cost effective hiking shoe we evaluated, which earned it the Best Buy Award. Some wearers report that the mesh upper doesn't last very long, however an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker reported that she wore these shoes for half of her hike: over 1,000 miles in the same shoe without any blow-outs or durability issues."
Salomon X-Over – Women's â€“ Winner of a Top Pick award for 2013. This award goes to a product that is the best at a specific application. In this case, the X Over was the most comfortable hiker. According to Gear Editor Long, "The Salomon X-Overs are so comfortable that once we tried them on, they became our go-to shoes for everything. Even with a whole pile of top-of-the-line hiking shoes to choose from, when given the option, we reached for these puppies. We decided to honor them with our Top Pick Award simply because they are wonderful to wear and they are the lightest hiking shoes we reviewed (1.47 lbs per pair). The padded upper cushions your foot and feels like wearing a slipper. The speed-lace is easy to use and makes the shoe quick to put on and take off. The X-Over is one of the most versatile hiking shoes we examined, blurring the line between hiking shoe, approach shoe, and town shoe."
OutdoorGearLab LLC, headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyoming, is dedicated to creating the world’s best outdoor gear reviews. The company’s website is a free resource for people who love the outdoors and participate in activities such as hiking, climbing, backpacking, and camping. The company performs side-by-side testing of outdoor gear and publishes the results in comparative reviews. Each product is scored across a range of weighted categories, competing products are ranked, and awards are given to top performing products.