4.5 out of 5
Great lightweight hiking boot
May 26, 2011
(This review is from my wife) Unlike the other reviewers, I found the sizing to run a bit small. I wear 10 in everything else, but I had to return the 10's for some 10.5's which fit great. This review is a combination of the impressions from both pairs. I have been day-hiking in running shoes for several years, but at my husband's insistence that I would need more for our backpacking trips scheduled for this summer, I agreed to get these. My past experiences with hiking boots have not been pleasant, probably because I didn't really do much research, and certainly didn't spend this kind of money. Taking them out of the box (the 10's), I was very pleasantly surprised at the weight. I had been expecting some monstrous clog like my husband's Scarpa M3's (which he really likes), but these look and weigh more like high-top tennis shoes. When I first put them on (the 10.5's), I was again pleasantly surprised at the comfort. Although noticeably stiffer and more supportive than running shoes, the confort level was very high. I wore them around the house for the rest of the evening, just to get used to them. The next day, I wore them to work (yeah, I got some stares), but they quickly faded into the background of my day - I don't remember thinking about them UNTIL the day was over - my feet certainly felt a LOT better than they usually do after a day on my feet (I am an elementary school teacher). That night we took the boys for a walk down to "polliwog creek", and I tested out the gore-tex. It performed as advertised. We continued on a 4-mile walk, and the boots were comfortable - I didn't have to think about them. My only concern is that (like a previous reviewer) they may be "hot" during warm weather hiking (think Grand Canyon in the summer), but the wool socks (check out the smartwool PhD's) have kept my feet quite comfortable, the boots are odor-free, and they are even stylish! **I definitely recommend the wool socks! ** My other concern is that the mens sizes will not come back in stock before we leave for Yosemite! My son needs a pair, too!Pros: fit, stability / support
Treksta Boots - Great look, great support
January 24, 2012
I purchased these boots for my wife based on the recommendation of Backpacker Magazine's Spring Gear issue. The shoes were attractive, sturdy, and an all-around great boot. Unfortunately, these boots wouldn't accommodate my wife's wide feet. We would highly recommend the Treksta boot for anyone with a normal, or even a modestly wide, foot.Pros: great look great support, Cons: not ideal for extra wide foot
Forgot about my feet...
May 29, 2011
My feet always hurt because of bunions, plantar fasciitis and just getting older! After loving a pair of nestfit Treksta trail runner shoes, I bought these mid-height hikers. My normal size is 8.5, but in these shoes, size 8 fits perfect with a light to mid-weight sock. When I first put these boot on, the heel feels stiff and odd, but once I start walking the feeling disappears, sort of like seating your heel into a ski boot (but much, much lighter weight). One tip is to loosen the laces all of the way, and only tighten them a little dont make these shoes too snug! Now my husband bought Trekstas and is loving them. Today we took a 5 mile hill walk with the dogs and my feet feel great!Pros: lightweight, great fit in the toes
Perfect hiking boot
May 11, 2011
I only had these for about two weeks, so I can't comment on durability, but I've been with them in hot dry conditions, mud, snow, water, you name it, and these boots continue to amaze me. I usually wear size 7.5 or 8. Some suggested to order on the small side, so I ordered 7.5 and it fits perfectly. These shoes feel unlike anything else I've worn, they're like a pair of gloves on your feet. Toe room is excellent, which became pretty obvious on a long descent on a rocky hillside. I always test waterproof shoes it in the bathtub, I fill it with about two inches of water and slosh around for a while. These boots held up perfectly, just like expected. We then went for a hike where we encountered quite a lot of mud and snow, and it never once seeped into the inside. Also, the grip is amazing. Ice, wet stone, dirt - it always feels safe and secure. Just like all Gore-Tex shoes, they're hot, so they may not be the best choice for hot-weather hiking. We went to Joshua Tree NP a few days ago, and of course they felt hot, but not uncomfortably.
May 30, 2011
These shoes are excellent. I have not been able to find a shoe that fits better. The extra toe room is perfect. All other shoes i tried on jammed my toe as soon as I tested them going downhill. My foot is narrow and they fit perfectly. My only concern is that the seam on the inside of the shoe at the heel is very very rough. I'm nervous that it is going to cause blistering. No one else seems to have an issue with it but when i compare it to the seams of other shoes, it is considerably rougher. In contact with treksta about it and hopefully they will contact me soon.
September 08, 2011
I have an incredibly difficult foot to fit and have gotten blisters from every pair of boots I've ever purchased and ordered these almost on a whim before a hiking trip. They are the most comfortable, best fitting boots I've ever owned and didn't get a single blister. I only wore them a few miles before doing some serious hiking, so there wasn't any real break in time. Dunked a foot in a stream more than once and stayed dry. My only concern would be possible foot bruising on an extended backpack because they are so light, but I'm not convinced that would be a concern.
TrekSta is a star
January 01, 2013
I live in Arizona where temps get as high as 115 degrees and lows in the 30's. Shoe performs well in both conditions and allows breathability. The shoe fits snug with a roomy toe, comfortable and light weight. I typically wear between an 8 and 8.5 depending on the shoe but an 8.5 is perfect in this mid hiker to wear with thin socks and roomy enough to wear heavier socks if needed. The back of heel is a little tough but will break in after a few wears. Great on the trail and really good on the snow too. In the snow, feet will get cold since it's not a snow boot but wear some nice cozy socks for a little walking in the snow and you'll be fine. See pic below. Great shoe for the price.
July 11, 2011
Boot was definitely true to size--I wear a 7.5 dress shoe and 7.5 in the boots was right. Unfortunately the heel fit was extremely uncomfortable. I can't tell if it's the large seam running up the heel or just the way the heel is made, but in any case it hurt just walking around the house. Sad because the boots are light and the toebox was moderately roomy.Pros: light, Cons: heel seam
These are great hiking boots!
May 23, 2013
Shopping with Altrec was easy with no hassles. Just got the boots & within a day went on several Catskill hikes in the 6-7 mile range. The hiking here is hard, typically on very "bony" rocky surfaces, but these comfortable boots made it easier. The nestfit is excellent, the materials performed very well, even in wet conditions. The sizing is accurate, with the longer toe area being very functional on those downhill steeps. The soles were very grippy on the wet rocks.
Awesome, interesting shoe
June 17, 2011
This is a lightweight, supportive boot. When I tried it on, I was impressed by the comfort and support of the insole. The shoe feels like it's hugging your foot, and I can see why they call it a "nestfit". My only issue was the size. I was so disappointed to find that for me, the boot was not sized to fit my regular size, like some other reviews had said previously. I'm a size 8.5, and found that the boot fit my foot EXACTLY, with not enough room for my feet to expand-- extremely comfortable in the house, but would not be good at the end of a long day of hiking. I am impressed enough with the boot that I will go through the trouble of returning these and getting a half-size larger. As a previous reviewer mentioned, because of the shape of the toebox, this boot may not be good for someone with long 2nd or 3rd toes. It's definitely best for a foot with a longer big toe.Pros: lightweight, Cons: shape of toe-box
Absolutely no hot spots!
November 10, 2011
I purchased these boots on the recommendation of Backpacker Magazine's Spring Gear issue. The first pair I ordered were too small (the review had recommended true-to-size ordering and I normally wear a women's 9), but when the 9.5 arrived, I put them straight to work. Hiking around Western NC went well, so I put them to the ultimate test: one week of backpacking in the Grand Canyon. Previously, my otherwise comfortable old boots had wreaked havoc with my toenails; I almost lost 2 nails after my last trip. However, not only were my toenails happy, I had no heel or toe hot spots.The elongated design of the great toe toe box did the trick. Highly recommended, just make sure you get the right size first!Pros: toe box design protects toenails, lightweight, feet don't get overheated, Cons: runs a little small
Love these shoes so far!
April 25, 2011
I've been day hiking a few times in them and took them out this weekend with 38 pounds on my back. I wear a 7-1/2 women's, but don't have as full of a volume foot as many. These shoes really fit, almost as if they were custom made. No hot spots!Pros: fit, comfort, light
not for my toes
April 08, 2011
This hiking boot came highly recommended by backpacker Magazin. It all sounded so good - I ordered the boot and it arrived in today's mail. My official shoe size is 8,5. narrow-medium with a narrow heal and neutral gate. Since this is a hiking boot, I ordered a size 9. As I tried on the boots I ran into 2 problems: 1: the 9 is still too small. I do not know if a larger size would solve the problem. 2:This boot is built for feet with a longer large toe ( the point is towards the inner side of the boot). However, my longest toe is my second or middle toe. I hope what I am saying makes sense. Looks like I have to stick with LaSportiva Boots (where I wear a 9,5). I am so sorry I have to send them back.Cons: point in wrong spot
Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 5.5, size 6, size 6.5, size 7, size 7.5, size 8, size 8.5, size 9, size 9.5, size 10 and size 10.5: 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5.