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Ahnu Sugarpine Hiking Boot | Lightweight, Supportive, Waterproof
Whether you’re a serious hiker or just enjoy a refreshing nature walk, I think you’ll get a kick out of the Ahnu Sugarpine hiking boot. I had my eye on a pair for a while and finally scored a pair for under $70 at 6pm.com! As you can see from the photo, we’ve had little to no snow since December, so I put the snow boots away until April (when we get that one surprise snow after the daffodils are halfway up) and put my new Ahnu Sugarpines on the boot tray.
I read many positive reviews about the Ahnu Sugarpine before purchasing; mainly about their lightweight construction, waterproof uppers and good ankle and arch support. And now that I’ve worn them on a few casual hikes, I’d have to agree. First of all, they’re darn cute and come in so many fun color combos unlike other rock-colored hiking boots. But they’re not just good-looking, they’re good-feeling. The toe box is roomy, yet the mid-foot and heel fits snugly. The mesh uppers are forgiving of bunions and hammertoes (I have both). My only concern is the gusseted tongue. It’s designed to keep mud, rocks, water out, but initially caused some ankle discomfort. I’ve found that with a few wearings, this issue is diminishing.
The arch support is noticeable, but not annoyingly so. You can always remove the insole and add your custom orthotic if needed. A nylon shank provides stability while a Vibram outsole absorbs shock on grips well on a variety of surfaces. I wore my Ahnu Sugarpine hiking boots on a winter retreat to Wisconsin. The ice-covered walking paths presented a challenge for anyone in tennis shoes, but my Sugarpines handled the ice like a boss. Interestingly enough, my feet stay warm in these boots in temperatures down to 30, even though they’re not insulated, as long as I wear with warm socks. I’ve walked in light rain and my feet have remained dry. But after reading reviews, I feel that I could trust my Sugarpines to keep my feet dry through puddles or a quick dip in a creek if I slip off a rock!
I’d recommend the Ahnu Sugarpine hiking boot for narrow to medium width feet. I’d also suggest ordering up a half size if you plan on wearing with thick socks–the boot does run a tad small. I ordered a 10 for my 9.5-10 medium width feet and the fit is spot on.
The Ahnu Sugarpine comes in quite a few color combos, sizes 5-11 (yes, even the hard-to-find size 10.5) from Zappos. Check out 6pm.com and Amazon for last season’s color combinations at a discount. Read a review from a more serious hiker at Relentless Forward Commotion or check out a thorough technical review at Outdoor Gear Lab.