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The Men's TrekSta Evolution Mid GTX Hiking Shoes impressed the people at Backpacker magazine so much they named it the 2011 Editors' Choice Award Winner, and we think you'll be impressed too. A lightweight, breathable, yet rugged synthetic upper, is backed by a Gore-Tex® Extended Comfort waterproof breathable membrane, keeping your feet dry and comfortable in a variety of weather conditions. The unrivaled comfort of the NestFIT system cradles your foot, following its contours and allowing the upper, footbed, midsole and outsole to work together as a harmonious unit. Absurd traction comes from the sticky rubber outsole, and the micro-glass filaments which "hang” vertically in the sole and lock into ice like no other compound. Hit the trails with a proven winner laced to your feet, the Evolution Mid GTX Hiking Shoes for men from TrekSta.

Specifications

  • Winner 2011 Backpacker magazine Editors' Choice Award
  • Upper: Breathable synthetic
  • GORE-TEX® waterproof breathable membrane
  • Midsole: Lightweight variable-density EVA
  • TPU heel counter
  • Footbed: Contoured variable density
  • NestFIT system
  • Outsole: IceLock/HyperGrip
  • IceLock tread technology, micro-glass filaments
  • Slight heel and forefoot "rocker"
  • Weight (1/2 pair): 15.3 oz (size 9)

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Review Summary

4.5 out of 5

41 Reviews

Pros
  • light weight: 6
  • lightweight: 5
  • comfortable: 4
  • great fit: 3

Cons
  • can feel jagged rocks through sole: 1
  • lifespan uncertain: 1
  • looks: 1
  • none yet: 1

41 Ratings & Reviews

deodand
from Oregon
45-54 yrs

snug & toasty
April 13, 2011

The fit on these is great, very comfortable. It's feels like they are vacuum molded to your feet (although still plenty of toe room) I read elsewhere to order a half size small but I found my normal size to be the best. The thing I like most about them is the grip. I'm in the Pacific NW and it's still raining so there are plenty of slick rocks/roots and I have to say I never had anything that stuck like these. They are also warm and light with no leaks. If I had to criticize anything it would be the looks. They are 'different' by design which is ok but, do they have to be green with all the contrasting loopy stuff too? I don't think I'd do much bushwhacking in them either as they are thin and flexy.

Pros: fit, weight, grip, Cons: looks
LostInSanDiego
from San Diego, CA
45-54 yrs

Superb design & execution - but not for wide feet
March 30, 2011

I have wider than average feet ( I wear New Balance 4E trail running shoes), and after reading the review from Backpacker, I called TrekSta, who let me know that the design was made to handle different widths. Encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive reviews, as well as Altrec's return policy, I gave them a try. First impression was great. Love the looks, the feel & the general shape of the shoe. I read all of the accompanying tags, and was duly impressed. I tried them on, and they felt a bit narrow, so I walked around the office building n them for the rest of the day. At the end of the day, when I took them off, and put my New Balance 473's (4E) back on, the relief was palpable and immediate. I was so dang impressed with the rest of the shoe, and I really wanted them to fit, so I decided to give them a few more days. It didn't get any better, and after a follow-up call to TrekSta (during which they informed me they do not have any immediate plans for a wide version), I decided to return the shoe to Altrec. I am very impressed with the shoe, and have every intention of getting a pair once the wides are for sale (in a few years, I hope). I noted the ICE LOCK tag, and I concur with the traction. THere is a long marble staircase at work - it was wet from cleaning one day, with the appropriate warnings posted, but I took my life in my own hands, and tried the stairs, walking gingerly. After a few steps, I walked normally, then I fairly danced the rest of the way down, all without the shoes slipping at all. Very impressive. Great job, TrekSta - I am looking forward to the wides!!!

Pros: design, traction, support, Cons: not for wide feet
CrowDancer
from Carson City, Nevada. Hiking for 51 years now.
55-64 yrs

TrekSta Mid GTX hiking shoes
July 21, 2011

I hike/backpack about 750 miles a year on average, mostly in the Sierra Nevada Mountains but also some good miles in the Utah Canyon Lands and the Rockies. I've worn out my fair share of boots. I've put about 50 miles on my TrekSta's so far. The boot has an unusual appearance. It is contoured in the front for a better fit, thus giving it a foot print more like a moccasin. This design reduces "toe bump" out on the trail. The fit of the shoe conforms to my foot better than any boot or shoe I have ever owned. It is snug but not tight. My temptation at first was to lace the boot pretty snug but discovered I did not need to do that. The boot simply fits without having to lace it up to compensate for a clunky generic design. I was advised to select a size, when purchasing, that is on the lower end of what I normally wear. Good advice. The boot/shoe is light weight but appears to be of a very durable design. The uppers seem to be designed to defeat those nasty cracks and wear points where the forward part of the shoe bends and flexes. Ankle cushioning is good but not overdone. Ventilation is good without compromising protection. Sweat wicking is good. I also like how the shoe tongue is designed not to slip to either side. The tread is very adequate without over doing it. I don't feel like I am wearing a pair of snow tires. Overall: I am very pleased and expect to put a couple thousand miles on this boot.

Photonbridge
from Boston, MA
55-64 yrs

Soft soles = sore feet
October 09, 2011

I really wanted to like these boots. Backpacker magazine and the reviews posted on this site are all positive. BUT, I can't. The problem with these boots is that the sole is very soft, like a sneaker's or worse. When one puts one's foot on a branch both the toe AND the heel come down. In addition, the side support is also very flexible allowing a lot of ankle roll. I spent two weeks hiking in more traditional hiking boots with no knee problems - I spent one day in the Treksta's and both knees ached (all hikes were ~8 miles and 3,000 ascent/descent). If you want a light weight boot and hike mainly on level trails (not the case in the New England) these boots could be OK. Otherwise, I'd suffer the additional weight and get a sturdier boot.

Pros: light weight, comfortable fit, Cons: thin flexible sole, weak ankle support
Lextown
from KY
25-34 yrs

Disappointed
April 06, 2011

After reading about these boots in the latest Backpacker Gear Guide I decided to try them out. The first thing I noticed when I put these boots on was I could feel the hard plastic heel support, which runs through the middle of the back of the boot, against the top of my heel/bottom of my Achilles. Right at about the company logo is where I felt it the most. It felt like something that would cause blisters. I knew from that point it was a no-go, but I kept them on around the house for an hour anyway. I found the rest of the shoe was pretty good, it had a snug fit around the sides and ankle like I wanted and the toe box design seemed pretty awesome. If the back of the boot was more comfortable I'd love to take these things out for a hike, trail-run, or backpacking trip because they seem pretty versatile, but the way they are made now there's just no way.

wood0174
35-44 yrs

Great shoes but water issue
June 07, 2011

I admit it, I bought these shoes because Backpacker Magazine recommended them as a lightweight waterproof hiking shoe that I could wear right out of the box. I'm leaving for Colorado next week to do some semi-serious day hiking, and needed a shoe that could handle the woods, the rocks, and the airport. I also live in the San Francisco Bay Area and do a lot of foothill and coastal hiking, and I didn't want anything too clunky like my old Merrells, and I wanted a waterproof shoe. This shoe is wonderfully light, fits my foot great, and as promised, was wearable right out of the box. However, my toes got soaked this weekend in a 90 minute rainstorm! I contacted Treksta directly, and they recommended I stand the boots in about 4 inches of water to see if they leaked. I did and they didn't. So how did my toes get wet? Turns out the rain must have come in over the ankle top and then migrated down the interior slick "booty" of the shoe, collecting at my toes. I could see watermarks on the bottom of the innersole, so water definitely came in somewhere. Treksta recommended I wear gaiters. I'm not really interested in doing that. I'm still giving this shoe 4 stars, because I really like the fit. But I still think with all this technology, I shouldn't have wet toes.

Pros: great fit good support, Cons: not waterproof
Loggy
from Colorado
55-64 yrs

Treksta's Great Boots
March 30, 2011

These Evolution GTX's are a great pair of hiking boots. I have worn them about four times so far, and no hot spots at all. They are comfortable and light weight as advertised. Traction on boulders is also very secure even with a little moisture on them. I highly recommend these hiking boots.

Pros: very comfortable, good traction, Cons: none yet
OklahomaHiker
from Oklahoma City
25-34 yrs

Unbelievable hiking boots
June 19, 2012

I am a total newbie when it comes to this stuff. I bought these boots last year because I read so many good reviews about them in various magazines. I wanted a lightweight waterproof boot that would last a long time and these fit that description perfectly. I have hiked over sand, wet grass, wet rocks, gravel, dirt roads and these never lose their grip. I even took them jogging one time just to see how it felt!!! They are very breathable as well. I recently wore them on a 90 degree (very humid) day in June and I hiked two hours while wearing a pair of thick wool socks and a pair of liner socks underneath. At the end of the day my feet felt fine. No blisters, no wet soaks from sweating like crazy, and no heat on my feet while hiking. Highly recommended

Backpacker100

Backpacker Magazine was right!
August 10, 2011

Purchased these boots based on the glowing review in Backpacker Magazine. I then spent 4 days stomping through snow, mud, rocks, and bushes in the Sierra Nevada mountains. These boots were awesome. They stood up well to the punishing conditions. Best part was they were comfortable. I would definitely recommend these boots.

Pros: comfortable, good traction, waterproof
Midek
from Alabama
55-64 yrs

Most comfortable boots ever
November 09, 2011

I could keep these boots on all day. Even when I get back to camp after wearing them all day they are still comfortable. They provide great stability yet are light and comfortable.

badfeet
from Flagstaff, Arizona
55-64 yrs

Men's Evolution Mid GTX Hiking Shoes
April 12, 2011

As I get older (mid fifties) I have an increasingly harder time finding shoes that fit my problem feet. I read the review in Backpacker Mag and decided to give them a try. My first impressions are very favorably. They are light but sturdy. I have been walking in them for a couple of weeks now in prep for a four day backpacking trip. I have a high arch, plantar fasciitis, and hammer toes so I am very sensitive to new shoes. I replaced the provided inserts with inserts that work better for my foot. They didn't need any real break-in. They fit true to size (10 M) though I may get 1/2 size larger if I purchase another pair, again mainly based on my feet. The Gore Tex waterproofing was not high on my list of purchase points but it's a nice plus and seems to be effective. I will update this review after my trip.

Hike307
from Wyoming
25-34 yrs

Treksta Evolution
July 15, 2011

I enjoyed the fit of these boots regarding the nest fit system. The contoured foot bed was very comfortable and there was plenty of room in the toe area. The outer design of the boot is interesting and functional. The only problem I have with the boots is the heel pocket. There is some plastic ridges that I could feel on the top of my heel and the heel pocket was not tall enough for my foot.

HBkpacGYM
from North Carolina

I really wanted to Love These, but...
August 16, 2012

Quick low down on me. Size 11-12 in shoes, neutral gait, 5-11, 154lbs, avid cyclist, wakeboarder, runner and backpacker. This is my second pair of TrekSta's and I am done with them. Not every shoe fits every foot and these are just not working for me. Thankfully I purchased them from Altrec so I can buy with confidence. The first pair was a size 12 and when I put them on, they immediately felt very good and very unique. I thought I had found my go to hiker. The first pair I got from EverestGear which had no return policy. Bad mistake by me. I took them on what was to be an epic 20 mile a day adventure on the AT, fall of 2011. I had done a few hikes in them before and LOVED them. On the AT, I suffered from such horrible blisters from these things, that I had to cut the adventure short, on the 3rd day. I barely got over 50 miles! I have never suffered from blisters before. I assumed that the shoes were a bit to big so I just ordered a size smaller. I so wanted these things to work because they really do feel great when you walk in them. Guess what, the new ones tore up my feet too... in only 6.5 miles of light hiking, I had small blisters forming in the same place. Unreal, I am done. These hikers might be great for your foot, just not mine. There is a lot to like about them. They are light and roomy in the toe box, and ventilate fairly well for a gore-tex boot. The footbed is super nice and comy, but the healcup happens to rub me raw. So now I am going to try something else or use my old tried an true keens, which make my feet sweat a bit, but never leave me blistered.

Pros: roomy toe box, light, ventilation, comfy footbed, Cons: stiff heal cup that rubs my heal raw
Catman
from Oregon
55-64 yrs

May 11, 2011

I purchased these boots to wear for summer hiking and to be used in Search & Rescue. They were very well made, extremely light, and for my narrow feet the perfect fit. I have already worn them in several training missions and was so pleased I immediately ordered another pair.

bricmars

Most comfortable hiking boots I've ever owned.
December 27, 2011

The Trekstas are very comfortable immediately upon wearing. So much so, I could even play basketball in these hiking boots! The size is true. I routinely wear size 11's, and I have a wide foot. The 11's in Treksta fits like a glove! Can't say enough good things about these boots. I'm not easily impressed with boots, however, the Trekstas offer great traction and are very light weight! If you are on the bubble about purchasing these boots, go for it! They aren't a backpacker magazine pick for nothing.

Pros: no break-in time required, light weight, gtx waterproofing, fit like a glove
HikingTeacher
from Fishkill, NY
35-44 yrs

Best Shoes I've Ever Owned
May 27, 2012

These are easily the best shoes I have ever purchased. The Nestfit system in the shoes cradles your foot and couldn't be more comfortable. The mid height gives some ankle support and the Gore Tex keeps feet dry. Recently hiked in damp conditions and shoes were visibly wet on the outside but socks were dry! The arch support is almost too much. The only drawback for some would be that these are slightly narrow.

DenverDoug
from Denver, CO
45-54 yrs

Say goodbye to heavy, clunky hiking boots!
June 13, 2013

As I have adapted from being a traditional backpacker towards my goal of becoming an ultra-light backpacker, I theorized that my heavy, highly supportive footwear may be overkill. I am 5"10" and 164 pounds. After reading many positive reviews on the ultra light weight Trekstas, I decided to give them a try. For starters, these boots were amazingly comfortable and fit like a glove right out of the box. I couldn't believe how light they felt on my feet. My 30 pound pack might not qualify as ultra-light, but it's 15 pounds lighter than it used to be. I tested these boots on a two-day, twenty mile hike in Rocky Mountain National Park with 4 days worth of food to simulate a longer hike. As I set off down the trail, I was almost giddy about how comfortable and light these boots were. I have narrow heels that usually pop out of the heel pockets with each step, but this was not the case with the Trekstas; they felt like an extension of my feet and I didn't experience any hot spots. The 14 ounce weight advantage compared to my traditional boots made a significant difference, especially in the latter part of the hike. At the conclusion of my hike, I felt noticeably more refreshed than I would have with my traditional boots. I have saved my old boots just in case I ever need them, but I would only use them if I were on extremely rough terrain and/or carrying a heavier pack. The only limitations I found with the Trekstas are that you can feel jagged rocks through the soles more than with heavier hiking boots, and they are more prone to twisting on uneven terrain. If you have weak ankles, I would recommend limiting your pack weight or using a heavier boot. That being said, I honestly don't see myself wearing my old boots very often in the future. These boots are way too much fun!

Pros: light weight, comfortable, no break-in needed, Cons: not as supportive as traditional boot, can feel jagged rocks through sole
badderBadger
from San Diego, CA
35-44 yrs

these things rock...
August 14, 2011

... just did a 10 mile hike and was extremely satisfied with the comfort, support, and traction. lightweight and sturdy with no hot spots. still getting used to the aesthetics but admit these are way more comfortable than my Asolo Fugitive GTX's.

Baloo789
from Southern California
35-44 yrs

Simply the BEST hiking boot EVER
April 30, 2013

Just like that - I never had a better hiking boots in my life. Crazy comfortable, light enough, and traction is unbelievable. These boots turn you into a mountain goat. Big shoutout to Treksta designers!

hikelawrence
from Lawrence Kansas
25-34 yrs

September 02, 2011

Just got done with a 5 day hike in the sisters wilderness up in Oregon and loved every step. Didn’t have any trouble guiding through the mountains and had great traction. The shoes were so light and comfortable that I have been wearing them around town even after my hike was over. I would recommend these shoes for long hikes where you are wanting a light weight good hiking boot.

OutdoorEddy
from Los Angeles
45-54 yrs

Great lightweight hiking boot
February 07, 2013

Though exceptionally light, these boots offer great ankle and arch support. Comfortable and waterproof, they breath about as well as can be expected for a "waterproof" boot. I put them through an 18 mile trek filled with rocky switchbacks, several miles of dense bushwhacking and a 2500 elevation gain. They performed quite well. Finally, laces that hold with a single bow tie, no doubling needed. Sizing feels accurate, though the toe box is a bit wide, but I enjoyed the room on descents. Though we had no rain, I did take the opportunity to trudge through stream water on many of the crossings we did and the boots remained dry. Although not particularly aggressive, the treads seemed to grip wet rocks fairly well and were solid on loose trails and mud. Not sure about the durability of the soles as they feature "grippy" rubber points around the tread. All in all, I am very happy with these boots and can heartily recommend them for those in search of a very lightweight, Gore-Tex hiking boot. I bought them after returning a pair of Innov8 Roclite boots. They were unbelievably light, yet I worried about rock intrusion into the boot via the sole which was a bit too thin for my liking. The Trekstas had no such issue, and at around 15 oz per boot, are still amongst the lightest boots made. The snug ankle collar kept debris out fairly well. Looking forward to getting out there again with them!

Pros: very lightweight, great support, decent breathability, great laces that stay tied, accurate sizing though toe box a bit wide, decent trail feel while still offering protection, Cons: tread durability in question
Warbler
from Camden, ME
55-64 yrs

Solution for high volume feet or orthotic use
October 26, 2011

After years of trying to find a lightweight high hiking boot, I finally found success with the Nike Air Zoom Tallac GTX. Unfortunately, two years later, I was fitted with custom orthotics to address ankle and knee problems just as Nike stopped making the shoe. My orthotics would NOT fit comfortably in the Nike or in any other lightweight mid or high hiking boot or, for that matter, in any work shoes despite upsizing. I developed numbness in my toes that persisted for three years despite my use of high volume work shoes and very thin socks. Then came the Treksta Evolution Mid-GTX. Last spring, after using them for a few day hikes, I tested them on the rocks, mud, and snow of Mt. Katahdin over a three-day period and they were perfect. In August, they carried me the length of the John Muir Trail through snow and streams. Not only were they perfect, but when I returned home I realized that for the first time in years my toes were no longer numb! The boots provided adequate ankle support, required no break-in [a few turns of an ace bandage at the ankle during their early weeks prevented skin irritation], were extremely comfortable, stuck like glue to slick wet surfaces, were truly waterproof, and wore out their treads at a reasonable rate. Their only weakness, as was also the case with the Nike Air Zoom Tallacs and probably all such lightweight boots, is that the mesh fabric on the sides of the boot just behind the toe piece are at high risk of being punctured by rocks and sticks. Treksta graciously replaced my boots as both were punctured in just two weeks of total use. In an effort to prevent a repeat performance, I applied Freesole to the mesh areas at risk and thus far they are doing just fine. Should they puncture again, I will try to patch them with Freesole. [Parenthetically, in the last few weeks I've become a fanatic convert of shoe stretchers, both those that lengthen shoes and, more importantly, those that increase toe-end volume.]

WeekendRambler
from Queensbury, NY
45-54 yrs

Nice Shoe!
September 20, 2011

Finally got a chance to try out these shoes the past two weekends. Hiked two Adirondack Mountains in favorable conditions. Did encounter some wet and muddy rocks and roots, and was impressed with the traction provided. Very comfortable out of the box and minimal break-in before the hikes. Nice fit and very good support while maintaining light weight.

monofeo

Nice boots!
June 03, 2013

These boots are exactly what I expected. Good looking, light, and comfortable. I'm 5'11", 165 lbs, with what I consider wide-ish feet. These 11 1/2s fit me perfectly. The toe-box is designed to be wide, making these unusual among hikers - I like not binding my toes up! The soles are really grippy on wet rocks, etc. Only trouble is I can't wear them in the city - the concrete would wear these down in a minute.

Pros: good-looking, wide toe box, grippy
DCunited
from Northern VA
45-54 yrs

GREAT Treking boots!
February 28, 2012

I purchased these TrekSta about a month ago and have logged in about 30 miles on two hikes. The fit is unbelievable - they are both light and sturdy - with uncanny traction on slippery surfaces. I wear a size 10 - and have wide feet, wiegh 200 lbs - these boots fit like a glove. The real test was putting them on the second day after a long rigorous hike with absolutely no discomfort - my dogs were not barking at all and were ready for another tough day hiking. Was a little concerned ordering footware over the internet - absolutely happy with this purchase!

Pros: lightweight, kept feet warm/dry, great fit, easy on dogs!
Jerimiah

Really unique - in a good way
February 26, 2013

These boots really are different. The asymmetrical tongue placement and the tucked in sides to the soles make them look different from any other boot. But these things are functional: no soreness on the top of my foot, and no awkward kicking myself when using the boots for something other than hiking like driving, crawling around in a tent, or riding a bike. The fit also feels different: I really felt the wrap around shape, and perfect rocker. I've only used the boots for a month on a few hikes and around the town but feel very confident that I won't blister as usual. I will use them only for backpacking from now on as they don't feel as robust or thick soled as my normal boots, although quality and finish are great. I want to preserve them for the use they are intended for as I don't expect them to last too long. The trade off is totally worth it for me.

Pros: fit, finish, agility, traction, Cons: lifespan uncertain
nukeman
from Santa Maria , Ca
45-54 yrs

perfect !
October 25, 2011

I have narrow heels and wide toes . So , I have a hard time finding shoes or boots that fit . If I buy wide sizes they fit the toes good but , the heels are usually loose . If I buy medium widths the toes are too narrow and get horrible blisters on the joint where bunions usually form . I have used these on trail runs in sand , rocks , grass , lots of uneven ground . I haven't done it yet but , I plan on using these for ultralight hikers for backpacking . They pretty much feel like a mid top trail runner and I am not sure that they would hold up to carrying a loaded backpack but , we'll see . This Treksta design fits my feet perfectly . Plenty of toe room and the heels are locked in and SUPER LIGHT ! I would say that these run true to size .

Whoya5555
45-54 yrs

Doesn't play well with orthotics
July 06, 2011

This is a very nice hiking shoe, but did not work for me because I need to insert custom orthotics in my shoes for arch/ankle support. When I wore the shoe without the orthotic, it did feel like an extension of my foot, and molded well - the downside for me on this was that I did not feel that it gave me as much all around support as I wanted, especially around the arches - not a feeling I consider to be a good one when it comes to a hiking shoe. When I inserted the orthotics, the shoe was not very comfortable at all. As much as I really wanted to love these after reading all the great reviews, I had to return them.

Chris4110
from Chicago, IL
25-34 yrs

Great Boots for Backpacking
August 10, 2011

I have only used these boots on one 50-mile backpacking trip throgh Glacier National Park, but have absolutely no complaints. I am 6' 0", 210 lbs. The previous boots I had were big and bulky, which I have used hiking through the Grand Canyon. My Treksta's are a fraction of the weight, and feel comfortable while still providing good ankle and soul support. Hiking the Rockies is hard on the soles, but I had no problems. My friend had blisters on both feet, I had none. The elongated toe is nice, because it stops toe rub at the front of the boot. I am hiking the AT next year, and will be using these boots for the trip (inevitably I will have to buy at least 1 more pair). Overall, great boot, very comfortable, and I have yet to get a blister, even without breaking them in.

Pros: comfortable, lightweight, durable
MtnHikr24

July 28, 2013

Fit true to size. They are very comfortable. They breathe well and are waterproof. Feel good even after all day on the trail.

getaway

Good Light Backpacking
April 10, 2011

I still hate Goretex in boots, except when it is wet and/or snowy. These boots are no exception; hot and sweaty feet are inevitable. ?But if you are going up where you need Goretex, these are as light as you can get while still having traction and support. And they fit well. Maybe they run a half size large, but not quite. You will have to judge for yourself. All in all, a very good product, and I will be using them all spring, summer and fall. Note that I have only worn these for a walk so far; so there I have no data on durability. They appear well-constructed, but the sole lugs are not as deep as I would like to see, so I will be watching to see if the soles wear down.

ATbound2012

Love These Shoes!
January 08, 2012

Just got these shoes yesterday, I had walked treadmill six miles earlier in the day on my other shoes, FedEx arrived with these shoes. Straight out of the box, I put them on, hiked 9 miles on a bike trail at about 4 1/2 mph the whole way, felt great! This morning I've done 8 miles on the treadmill at 4.2 mph, still feel good. So yes, haven't had them on a rough trail yet but from the feel of them so far, looking forward to that! I usually wear a size 8 1/2 so that's what I ordered, and they seem true to size, fit great. In walking around the house they felt weird at first, I think because of the way the toe section of the shoe is tilted up and the arch area felt like I had a small ball in my shoe so I was not so sure, but soon as I hit the bike trail, felt like I didn't even have shoes on! I'll put them to the test on an outside rougher trail soon, make sure they're waterproof but not expecting any problems since they have GoreTex. Planning on starting the AT in April with them.

Pros: great so far
utguy
from Knoxville, TN
18-24 yrs

Great Boots Right out of the box
February 19, 2012

After receiving these boots I wore them to work everyday for a week and then decided to try them out on a moderate 6 mile hike. The first time I placed my foot into the boots I could tell the boot was actually made for my foot. The boot conformed to my foot the first time I tried it on. The were very comfortable on the hike and provided excellent traction over various terrain. I walked through several creek crossings and submerged the toe of the boot several times with no water intrusion into the interior of the boot. After the hike my feet were blister free and the boots had proved to perform as advertised. The boots are also very light weight in addition to being very supportive.

Pros: lightweight, waterproof
Allweathercamper
from Philadelphia, PA
35-44 yrs

Nice shoe
April 15, 2011

Recently purchased these shoes for 4-season backpacking. I like the ability to use a single shoe on all surfaces and in most weather conditions. After having used the shoes a few times on limited hikes I am happy with the purchase, but buyers should be aware of a couple things. First, the show does fit true to size for average feet. My feet are a bit narrow and I could use slightly smaller shoe, but that would limit my ability to use a thicker sock in winter conditions. For those using this shoe in warmer conditions, then consider sizing down if your feet are on the narrower side. Second, because this shoe is waterproof (completely wrapped in gore-tex), it tends to be somewhat hot. Keep this in mind if you prefer a moer breathable show. I myself, prefer flexibility that the waterproofing provides and like this feature, but it may not be for everyone. All in all, the shoe is great and I would recommend it to others, particularly if they are looking for a jack-of-all-trades type of shoe.

exarmyguy
from Las Cruces NM
55-64 yrs

Very good lite hiker
December 16, 2012

This is a very good lite shoe with good support and a much better than average insole. The boot wraps your foot so there is little slop or movement. My shoe size is 10.5 W and I purchased 11s. I wear orthotics due to plantar facitits but they are quite thick and take up lots of room in the shoe. I have walked on and off trail in the very rocky, rough S New Mexico Desert for 2 days with no issues. I have not worn a heavy pack yet and for me they may not have enough stiffness. Overall they are quite comfortable with the inserts provided. The toe box is roomy and there is no heel slip. They have very good traction in the sand and gravel. This not a running shoe but could do in a pinch. No experience yet with cactus. I am 57, 5'10", 200 lbs. Army (26 years) feet, back and knees, ie. just about worn out. I run 10 or so miles a week on trails over very harsh terrain.

Pros: lite weight, good inserts, lacing is secure, Cons: not much room for custom orthotics
JimboSpl
from Seattle, WA
55-64 yrs

Not quite what I expected
August 13, 2011

Having read treviews in Backpacker I had high expectations for these shoes. I wanted a light weight supportive shoe for carrying a day pack, day after day. What I discovered though is that while the shoes are very light- as advertised- they seemed to be signifigantly less supportive then I had hoped. Given to rolling my ankles this is a key feature critical for me personally - so I returned them. I this were less a concern I probably would have kept them as they seem extremely comfortable otherwise!

Pros: light weight, very comfortable fit, Cons: not great ankle support
RickB
from Highlands Ranch, CO
35-44 yrs

The perfect boot
April 04, 2011

I was in the market for some new boots, my 11-year old Vasques long since being worn out and way too heavy. Like another reviewer I read the write-up in Backpacker and decided to give these a try. I normally don't like to buy shoes without trying them on first, so I found a local TrekSta dealer and, although they didn't have this boot they had several other shoes that I could try on for size. I'd read somewhere that you should order 1/2 size smaller than you normally wear, but the 10's fit like a glove (my normal size); the 9.5's were a little short. Note that the boots have an elongated toe to avoid bashing your big toe into the front of the boot during downhills, so a little extra space there is normal. I've worn them for about a week now and absolutely love them. Aside from the looks (which are nice), the fit is unbelievable. They hug my foot from all sides. There are no discernible pressure points. They are by far the lightest shoe (let alone boot) that I own, including my running shoes. Even being so light, they are clearly well-constructed and have ample lateral support, though admittedly I have strong ankles. So if you're prone to turning ankles you might look for something with a little more torsional rigidity. I have high arches and could still feel the arch support in the boot. It didn't provide pressure, just an awareness of its presence. Even so, it seemed to adapt itself to my foot and I hardly noticed it after a couple days. I even packed up my pack with a normal weekend's gear, including food and water (about 23 pounds total) and walked around for a while. Absolutely no pressure anywhere. I was a little worried about the traction at first. I like to see a bit more ruggedness to the sole and this one seems more smooth than others. However, I was up in the mountains this weekend walking on some slippery stairs and never felt like the boot wasn't gripping. This is a great boot. Highly recommended!

Strandlooper
from Pacific Northwest
35-44 yrs

Excellent gripping/lightweight boots
October 08, 2011

Much like the other reviewers, I purchased the Treksta Evolution GTX boots based on Backpacker reviews. I have decided to wait to write my thoughts until I had a chance to hike in them. So, after a couple of weekend hikes, here goes. On first fit, they were comfortably snug. On an overnight at Carne Mountain, they gripped the trails well, did not feel any burns or rolls. The Dog Lake trail went without a hitch. On the unnamed trails, so unnamed because they tend to lead to the best fishing holes, these boots experienced the mud, water and muck one tends to find. Again, no problems. My feet were nice and dry. Besides the gripping tenacity of these boots, I enjoyed how lightweight they are. After hiking 6-7 miles up and down the Columbia River, my legs weren't tired and my feet felt great.

Pros: lightweight, durable, grip
PhilZ4
from CT
25-34 yrs

Great Hiking Boot
October 26, 2011

Purchased this boot with the intention of using it for hiking. Probably going to get a lot of use out of it around the campground, in the mountains and anytime during the winter months or when conditions are lousy. Definitely a great bargain!

Pros: waterproof, great fit, comfortable
cmpr2go

Perfect and good right out of the box
October 28, 2011

Lightweight good support and little to no breakin time for me. Haven't tested the waterproofing yet but all else makes me glad I purchased the boot. Up until now it was Merrell's or nothing else. Good purchase. I order 1/2 size up and all good.

Pros: close to true to size, lightweight
jrs3
55-64 yrs

Mid GTX hiking are really different
July 28, 2013

I struggle with hiking and running shoes. I am getting old and have orthopedic issues, such great toe arthritis with some swelling and a healed achilles tendon that partially ruptured a few years ago from running. I read up on the reviews here and gave them a try. Right out of the box I could hike. Outstanding toe box that is big enough to allow for minor variations and swelling like a I have but snug so you don't move around. The arch is among the very best I've had in any show or boot. Anti-pronation is terrific. The shoes are easy off and on. Incredibly light. Only issue for me was mild stiffness on ankle of left shoe that is improving and probably represents my asymmetric gait. I liked them so much I bought another version--the trail running shoe. Would have bought a second pair of these but out of my size. How will they hold up? Not sure but I will come back on and review them after 3 months of use and let you know!

Pros: arch, light weight, box affords comfort even if have toe issues, hold ankles well, Cons: was a little stiff on my left ankle

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