If you computer screen could talk, you would hear my high pitch squeals of delight at the fact that the seasons have officially changed. Spring is finally here and Summer ahead of it! It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I love the outdoors and whether my family likes it or not, I’m always dragging them off to one adventure or another. The hubs needs a new pair of hiking boots (because I’ve got a couple hikes up my sleeve this year) and we found a pair of boots that, from the moment he sunk his feet in them, provided him equal levels of comfort and support. Add the fact that they make any amateur look like a professional and you have the perfect pair of men’s hiking boots ready to hit all the trails this season! Forsake provided me the Hiker (pictured above), at no cost to facilitate this review, and I’m here to tell you that if you are looking for a men’s hiking boot to make your next adventure perfect, you’re gonna want to keep reading!
The Hiker – $129.95
The new 2016 Hiker features an updated waterproof membrane with improved breathability, an anti-microbial lining, and a luxurious anti-odor footbed.
- Waterproof/Breathable Membrane – HydroGuard™ seam-sealed internal membrane keeps you dry and comfortable in all weather conditions.
- Nylon Laces – Alternate lace included.
- Gusseted Tongue – Prevents water and debris from entering your boots through the lace eyelets or the space between the tongue and the upper.
- Ballistic Nylon
- Compression EVA Midsole
- Open Cell PU Footbed – Offers long-lasting cushioning and support with an anti-microbial treatment.
- Full-Grain Leather
- Peak-to-Pavement™ Outsole – Directional inner lugs provide grip on loose terrain while wide outer lugs offer traction and stability on hard surfaces.
- Waterproof-Grade Materials – Water-repelling treatment prevents moisture from absorbing into the leathers and suedes.
Here’s Why He Loves Them:
- Say Goodbye to Bulky Soles
Ben works in construction and oversees numerous job sites on a daily basis. He is often on his feet all day and always in boots so he is no stranger to what works and what doesn’t. Most boots have heavy soles but the ones on the Hiker, Ben found to be lightweight and much easier to wear for longer periods of time. Ben tested these boots out on different types of terrain including rocky, and wet and found the sole gave him plenty of traction in both. He also found that when walking in wet or marshy ground the mud didn’t cling to the boot tread like past ones he’s used. Any hiking boot is going to be heavier than a sneaker, but Forsake does feet a favor by keeping the traction up and the weight down!
2. Keeps Feet Dry
On any hike, you never know when you might run into unexpected weather. It’s always better to be prepared with the right gear than to head off on an adventure that you will forever regret because you ended up with wet feet. I repeat, there’s nothing worse than hiking with wet feet! Ben has worn these Hikers in rain and through the occasional puddle and his feet have felt just as dry as they do on a day in the sun. As an added bonus, the extra material around the tongue keep irritants like dirt, pine needles, leaves, small rocks, etc from making their way into your boots keeping your feet comfortable in all types of weather.
3. They’re Easy on the Eyes
Most well built hiking boots are not known for their fashion qualities but Forsake made sure not to leave this feature out. My husband can be particular about what he wears (I really only have a handful of places I even shop for his clothing) but the the Hiker blends both the rugged and sporty look that, in our opinion, any guy would be happy to wear. Ben gets comments all the time on these boots! For guys that don’t want the pop of orange and want to blend in more with their surroundings, Forsake also supplies the Hiker with green laces made of the same quality as the orange.
4. Made To Last
After weeks of wearing the Hiker, one thing is for certain and that is along with all of the other amazing qualities of these boots they are made to last! Ben wears these on almost a daily basis for one thing or another and the leather has yet to show wear, the tread has maintained its traction, laces have sustained rigorous tying and untying, stitches haven’t popped, and the antimicrobial material keeps his feet smelling much better than another other pair he has owned. I’m not sure the time will come that Ben will have to replace these boots, but if that time comes, we’ll be picking out another pair of boots from Forsake.
5. All Around Comfort
My husband has found that he loves these Hikers so much that he threw out his old work boots and now wears these every day on the job (talk about breaking them in good before a hike!). Ben has issues with his ankles from years of playing sports when he was younger, and the Hiker gives him the right amount of support without being overwhelming. His ankles have more stability but still bend and flex easily in these boots. When I asked him what he loved most about these boots his reply was simply, “There’s nothing not to love, these are the most comfortable boots I’ve ever worn”. I’m pretty sure that just about sums it all up!
Last year I bought a pair of hiking shoes that after one 7 mile trip up North Mountain in Virginia, left me with a black toenail and very sore feet. I threw these shoes in the back of my closet and haven’t worn them since. After Ben’s experience with the Hiker I’ve made up my mind I’ll be investing in my own pair of Forsake outdoor shoes in the very near future which is why I’m excited they don’t just make footwear for men! The key to having a great time on the trail this year is the perfect hiking boot and you’ll find the answer in a pair of Forsake hiking boots!
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