Hiking Boots must be comfortable, warm and waterproof. In order to get all of these qualities, I’ll initially check out a few brands in store/online/referral from friends. This is how it all played out!
With a fairly affordable price, Timberland offers an excellent pair of mid cut hiking boots with amazing performance. I have worn Timberland boots before, and I am gladly going back to wearing them again.
A couple of weeks ago I bought my second pair of Timberland mid cut boots…. this time the Timberland Men’s Chocorua Trail Gore-Tex Mid Hiking Boots in Brown/Green hue. Timberland’s design always looks so slick!
Their hiking boots are tall enough, a bit over the ankle, so those critical bones above the foot are well protected by a padded cushion inside, that stops any possible friction and rubbing, as well as keeping warmth inside the boot. The shaft measures approximately 5″ from the arch. The uppers are made of premium full-grain, waterproof leather.
I bought my Timberlands especially for hiking, which means I won’t be wearing them around town; waterproof hiking boots for the woods or anywhere that isn’t urbanized is a great idea, but wearing them on the streets not so much.
So far Timberland hasn’t disappointed me;. When they say the boots are made from waterproof leather, it is true. So far there are no problems. The material is water resistant, and does not allow even the tiniest drop of water to soak inside the boot. The uppers have the famous Gore-Tex membrane that provides breathable waterproof protection. Excellent choice and good combination – the feet remain dry and can “breathe”.
The lacing closure is adjustable (as you can see in the pictures) and rustproof, offering a customized fit.
The front of the boot has a hard ending right above the toes, plus the toe bumper that keeps the toes double secure. In the rear, the boots also have firm protection for the heel. This hard rear part may sound uncomfortable, but it doesn’t put any pressure on the heel, or the Achilles tendon, when I wear them. Keep in mind, that the inside of the heels are well padded, soft and very comfortable.
Now that we’re talking about the insides of the boots, I know that these boots have EVA mid soles. That gives me pain free stepping, and comfortable walking. Besides that, these boots have exclusive anti-fatigue comfort technology for all day comfort. By the way, there is a removable contoured sock liner that gives even bigger underfoot comfort.
This boot was engineered by Timberland for complete foot support during the typical motions of hiking, even braking, propelling and flexing the foot. Every trait of this boot is implemented for a better walk. Walking down, up, on uneven terrain, and even running, seems very possible and easy, thanks to the boots’ lightweight. For many designers this seems to be a problem; we are used to a more substantial hiking boot,(read as heavier) but Timberland went a step further by creating a lightweight hiking boot that balances comfort and durability. My legs aren’t the least bit tired after a difficult hike, no matter how long it was. All the credit goes to the boots’ lightweight.
The solid rubber outsole has well indented lugs, and from experience, I know the deeper the lug, the better the grip. No matter the terrain, these boots keep me upright and balanced. As I said above, they are especially made for hiking, but you can wear them in urban areas if you really want to.(please note the ‘con’ below)
Timberland always designs excellent boots, and the Chocorua Trail Gore-Tex may be one of the best ones so far. With a great choice of colors, Timberland offers men more than the classic earthy colors we’re used to.
The pros for these boots far out number the cons, but I will still list them to make it easier for you to decide whether they’re the right boots for you.
- Lots of colors
- Toe bumpers
- Breathable fabric of the uppers
- Soft EVA midsoles
- Outsoles that can get worn, if worn often in urban areas
I personally find these shoes excellent and I recommend them; Timberland proved to be an excellent brand and as I said I’m gladly going back to them.