When heading out on one of Utah’s hiking trails it’s important your feet are comfortable and protected from nature’s elements including sharp rocks, snakes and scorpions. With hiking shoe brands like Salomon to Merrel constantly innovating the outdoor retail space, we take a look at the best shoes for hiking Utah’s outdoor terrain this summer season. Hiking shoes have come along way in recent years and the trend is moving towards comfort, protection and grip while remaining versatile and light weight. The materials that hiking shoes are constructed with are advancing at an exceptional rate and it’s important to do some research and take some time to ask yourself what type of hiking shoe you are looking for in order that you purchase the best hiking shoe for Utah’s diverse terrain.
The Nike Wildhorse 7 trail runner is a fantastic outdoor running shoe for Utah’s terrain. It’s light weight and breathable. Although I do not recommend this shoe for rocky terrain because the rock plate is not the most protective plate on the market nor is the grip the best there is. The color palate is pleasing to the eye and the Nike quality insures you have a trailrunning shoe that will last.
The Merrel Moab is a sturdy, well designed hiking shoe made for almost any type of terrain you might come across while hiking in Utah. The third generation shoe has a more supportive insole and the Vibram® TC5+ outsole is designed for a supreme balance of grip, flex and durability.
Salomon is a shoe brand known for it’s quality and dependability. The Salomon X Ultra 4 Low GTX is one of the most agile trail-running shoes on the market while also offering the stability, grip & waterproof protection you need to make your way through Utah’s narrows and rivers during the rainy season.