Montara III FG eVent Hiking Boot
Just because a boot is sturdy doesn't mean it has to weigh you down, and the Ahnu Montara III FG eVent Hiking Boot is living proof. Its lightweight construction won't have you racing to the car after a long hike to change into your slip-ons for the drive home, but provides all the support and protection you need to maneuver through the mountains to your heart's content. Fully waterproof and breathable construction won't leave you with soaking socks, whether you're making your way up a steep switchback on a hot day or slip during a challenging stream crossing. An EVA sockliner and midsole ensures each step feels well-cushioned, with Ahnu's Numentum Hike technology to add lateral stability on uneven terrain. Thanks to the super grippy Vibram sole, you'll feel confident descending steep, loose switchbacks, and when you finally get back to the car you'll be pleasantly surprised at how well the antimicrobial treatment works to fend off funky odors.
- Light, reliable boot for rugged trails
- Waterproof, breathable construction keeps you dry inside and out
- EVA sockliner cushions and supports foot for lasting comfort
- Antimicrobial treatment fends off odors after long days of wear
- Vibram sole delivers dependable traction on steep trails
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I recently hiked to Red Castle in the Uinta Wilderness, wearing a pair of Keen Terradora boots. It was my first true backpacking trip - we hiked 4 days, ~50 miles round trip, carrying about 30 pounds of weight in our packs on the hike in. The second and third days we day hiked with light packs, each day hike around 10 miles.
I anticipated sore feet due to the nature of backpacking and knew that the Terradoras were probably not the most ideal boot, but figured they would get the job done.
Our trekking poles clicked and clacked along the rocks that stuck out and dared our feet to trip over them, each stubbed toe more excruciating than the last. The more we walked, the clumsier our footwork became. My partner was usually a steady 10-20 yards ahead of me due to his long strides, and most of our time was spent in our own heads; a quiet determination and sweat inducing focus on moving us from point A to point B.
My partner's footwear was less ideal than mine, so I tried not to mention how all the bones in my feet were arguing with each other over space. I paid attention to the sound of the wind rustling through the leaves, the smell of horse shit that marked our path, the taste of the butterscotch candy giving me short bursts of life, the endless expanding grand spectacle that I was privileged to experience and humbled by greatly.
In hindsight, I remember reconnecting with myself and basking in the privacy of seclusion more than I remember how much my feet hurt.
But man, my feet hurt. A lot.
After that trip, I knew I wanted to backpack again. I knew I definitely needed better boots. A couple of weeks later I started researching what was available and I stumbled upon the Ahnu Montara III. I read some positive reviews in terms of their performance, and as a bonus they are a very good looking boot, especially with the full grain leather.
I was a little hesitant because I didn't know much about Ahnu as a brand, and was leaning towards a more recognized boot company like Lowa. What really kept me from committing to a pair of Lowas was the price - the Montara has similar construction to Lowa boots, but at a much better price point.
I am so glad I bought these! In comparison, my Terradoras feel like Ugg boots. I almost cannot believe that I hiked 50 miles in what are essentially Ugg boots. The Terradoras aren't a bad boot, but they aren't designed for intense extensive hikes. They are definitely more of a day hike boot.
The Montaras are a lot roomier (the footbed in the Terradora takes up too much space for me and my feet usually feel cramped) so I can wear midweight wool socks without any tightness or cramping. The midsole is also waaay stiffer which I did not expect. This is good not only for stability on technical terrain, but you can actually feel the boot rolling your foot forward in a more natural, progressive way. The shaft height is a bit taller than the Terradora, so you get a little more stability there, as well as protection from burs and pokey plants. The Vibram rubber is super sticky and gives you more confidence on slick rocks or uneven trails. I'm convinced that if I had these on my Red Castle trip, my feet would not have been in so much pain.
I seriously can't wait to hike long distances in these - I tested them out on a shorter hike to Lake Mary in Brighton, Utah this weekend. There is a good deal of snow at that elevation, and these boots made it easy to navigate while keeping my feet comfortable and warm.
I would classify these between the Lowa Renegade and Lady Light boots, at a more affordable price. I'm in love! Definitely worth the investment, and I have high expectations for their durability and comfort down the line.
Fit: True to Size. I wear a US W 6.5 and these fit perfectly.
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