I had been delaying taking my new Anacapa boots for a hike – I LOVE my HOKA running shoes, but I knew these boots would be a bit over-the-top for a casual walk up the Mount, and I wasn’t sure they could handle the hilly, rocky and totally unpathed terrain I usually like to tramp in. I was wrong. I would even say that the Anacapa compared well to my high-level *expensive* alpine hiking boots. The only difference is rigid high ankle support, which I need in the alps, but not traversing (pretty steep!) DOC land edging on Lake Rotomahana, just out of Rotorua.
This particular 9-hour adventure featured a lot of walking up and down steep gully faces, bush bashing and creek crossings – the view from the ridgeline is worth it.
The main thing I look for in hiking/tramping/hunting boots is sole grip, followed by comfort. The Anacapa has both in spades. At no time during this trek did the boots feel slippery, in fact they were so light and comfortable that I barely thought about what was on my feet all day. Usually, I’m dying to get my alpine boots off.
I broke one of my gaiters at the start of the day, so I was a little nervous about my boots getting wet during a river crossing and me having to put up with cold and wet feet all day. However, they stayed pretty dry until we were on our way back - about 30 minutes from the car - and I misjudged a jump and ended up knee-deep in mud. The Anacapa were great and gave me no trouble despite not looking too pristine by the end of it.
I would definitely recommend these boots for single or multi-day hiking. They’re light, comfortable and affordable for the quality and grip they feature.
Packing for a hike can be intimidating, especially if you’re a beginner. You’ve got to make sure you’re dressed correctly and that you’re wearing the right shoes. On top of that, there’s a seemingly endless list of gear you might need to bring along, from personal location beacons to trekking poles.
If you’re looking for a place to start, we’ve got you covered with our hiking gear checklist.