L.L. Bean Trail Model Hikers Review
Bean's Waterproof Trail Model Hikers for men and Trail Model Hikers II for women also come in cheaper low-cut versions, but it's the mid-cut boots that most impress us with their value. Comfort and durability are also big draws for the boots' enthusiastic fans. These hiking boots feature a breathable waterproof membrane and reflective trim for safety.
In hundreds of Trail Model Hikers reviews on the L.L. Bean website, customers assert that the men's boots are comfortable, lightweight, and durable. Buyers of the women's version add that the boots maintain a sure grip on all terrain types, including rock and snowdrifts. The ladies' L.L. Bean boots also earn a nod from testers at Good Housekeeping, who evaluated eight hiking boots and deemed these the most supportive. A review by Backpacker magazine names the boots an editors' choice and focuses on their value: Most other waterproof, mid-cut hiking boots sell for well over $100.
The uppers are made with a combination of suede and fabric and designed to be breathable as well as waterproof. The gussets that connect the tongue to the upper help keep water from getting inside. These hiking boots have a cushioned EVA midsole and a removable foot bed, so you can swap it out for a better insole if you prefer. They also feature a versatile lug pattern for traction and reflective trim for safety.
Bean's Trail Model Hikers (starting at $90) are a relatively rare breed in the budget price range: a waterproof, mid-cut hiking boot. And yet, they don't seem to compromise performance for affordability. They protect and support the ankles a bit more than the low-cut hiking boots on our list, which comes in handy if you're carrying a heavy pack or navigating uneven terrain.