The Best Hiking Cross Trainers

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The Best Hiking Cross Trainers
Wear hiking cross trainers for ultralight backpacking. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Cross trainer hiking shoes provide protection for trekking, as well as for a variety of daily and fitness activities. The best cross trainers are the ones that fit you best while providing comfort and support for the types of terrain you plan to hike. Opt for breathable and lightweight shoes for hikes in warmer climates, and choose heavier, waterproof and durable shoes for colder climates and rougher terrain.

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Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo

The Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo is a low-cut, cross-training hiking shoe. It is recommended by Consumer Search and is reviewed as the best waterproof hiking shoe as of March 2011. Ideal for wet weather use, light backpacking and day hiking, the shoe is constructed with Gore-Tex plus all-leather uppers for a maximum pack load of 9.07 Kilogram. Choose from gender-specific models and sizes in three widths. The shoe is supportive, cushioned and lightweight for hiking, but is also suitable for everyday wear.

Lowa Pinto Lo

The Lowa Pinto Lo is a durable low-cut trekker for light backpacking and trail hiking. This lightweight cross trainer is equipped with protective features like padded ankle supports and soft leather linings.'s fitness expert reviewer Lee Reherman rates Lowa Pinto Lo as his top pick and best cross trainers for men. The Lowa Pinto Lo features leather uppers, removable footbeds, orthotic-compatible insoles, moulded, polyurethane midsoles and rubber outsoles for all-terrain use.

Keen Voyageur Low

Well-ventilated and lightweight, Keen Voyageur Low cross trainers are ideal for summer hikes. This trekker is reviewed as the best summer hiking shoe by Consumer Search and is also noted for its quick-drying polyester liner, and for being inexpensive compared to other shoes. Wear these trainers for daily use or for day hikes and ultralight backpacking for a pack load of up to 9.07 Kilogram. Though not waterproof, the shoe drains quickly and comes in gender-specific styles and sizes.

Merrell Pulse II

These cross trainers are well-cushioned and provide ample protection for hiking in rough terrain. The Merrell Pulse II comes in styles for both men and women while also offering versatility for multi-sport use. The lining is constructed with polyester mesh with nubuck and split-grain pigskin leather upper. Other features include protective toe bumpers, injection-moulded heel counters and anatomically shaped footbeds for maximum protection and comfort.

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