The Trail-Lite Hikers also offer an excellent fit and comfort. Included with the boots is a Width Management System. This unique system includes two sets of footbeds in both (D) and (EE) widths, allowing you to customize your fit. It really comes in handy if you decide to switch from a lightweight casual sock to a heavyweight hiking sock and liner. You simply change the footbed to accommodate the extra thickness.
The Trail-Lite Hikers are also tough, constructed of top-quality waterproof nubuck leather and 1000-denier Cordura®, designed to take the rigors of the trail. The boots are built on a sturdy base with a Vibram® Bifida outsole, allowing for superior traction on a variety of terrain, including steep climbing. On all my old hiking boots, the most worn part is always the toe, as it is constantly getting banged against the rocks or rubbed by snowshoe bindings. Cabela's "beefs up" the Trail-Lite Hiker with a hardy rubber toe guard. This guard protects your toes and boots from sharp rocks, tree roots, and anything else your run into.
We recently tested these boots on several early spring outings to the Rocky Mountains. We used them both for snowshoeing at the higher elevations as well as hiking and a little boulder scrambling on some of the lower elevation trails that had opened up. The thing that impressed me the most was the easy break in. I am used to long break-in periods with leather boots, but out of the gate, these boots performed well. We were only toting day packs, and I appreciated the lightweight design these boots offered for extra mobility. Yet they still offered plenty of ankle support for boulder scrambling, and the aggressive Vibram® sole gave us plenty of traction on a variety of terrain.
If you prefer all-leather boots, Cabela's also introduced a full grain leather model of the Trail-Lite Hikers. The leather used on this model has a unique, textured appearance. It has a feel of being already broken in and is very soft to the touch. Don't let this stylish appearance deceive you, though; this leather is also very tough. We proved this on several snowshoeing and hiking trips to the Rocky Mountains where our Trail-Lite Hikers held up after long days in the snow. Normally, after a day in the snow, my old boots need oiled, as snow, ice, and snowshoe bindings wear the leather. However, with the Trail-Lite Hikers, the bindings didn't wear on the leather at all. The boots also kept our feet dry, keeping out the wet snow, but they still allowed our feet to breathe as we climbed up the mountain.
Overall, the Cabela's Trail-Lite Hikers are an excellent choice for hiking, backpacking, warm season hunting, or just wearing around. They are also available for the whole family, with offerings in Women's and Youth sizes.
Although the lightweight design is a pleasure to wear, these boots still offer the support needed for a multi-day backpacking trip in the mountains. The new all-leather model is also very stylish and goes well in any casual setting. The best thing I found about these boots is the price; these models sell for an unbeatable value for quality GORE-TEX hiking boots.
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