When I signed up for #HellHikeAndRaft, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I imagined long, strenuous days climbing mountains with an epic group of people more fit than me. I’d been rocking the Ahnu Sugarpine Waterproof Boot when I said yes to the adventure. They’re still my go-to shoe for a good chunk of my hikes. But I’m the type of person that sprains an ankle while standing still. I wanted something a little sturdier for the unknowns of Idaho, and eventually Mt. Whitney that fall.
If you’re looking for a pair of hiking boots that blend both form and function, then look to Hanwag. The brand is famed for their impeccable double stitched workmanship. The majority of their shoes are handmade at their headquarters in Vierkirchen. I received a pair of the Hanwag Grunten Lady as gift last Christmas, and they’ve been a trusty pair of boots in my closet since.
My dusty, faded Ahnu Montara II boots have been my feet’s trusty hiking friends for the last two years. My mom got them for me as a Christmas gift as I beat my old pair of shoes up. These have seen mountains, beaches, temperate rain forests and they still keep going. They’ve been the best pair of lightweight hiking boots until I got the Ahnu Sugarpine Waterproof Boots.