One of the things that annoy me most about top end adventure gear, whether that be coats, jackets, pants or shoes, is that while they’re all functional, durable and likely even waterproof, they’re often not that stylish. You can’t imagine how many sporty watches and clothing were pitched to us this holiday season that albeit would be great for an active outdoor trip, are often just too plain Jane or ugly to look at.
The same goes for sports shoes and boots. We were introduced to Treksta this fall, a line that makes active footwear for both men and women, and so, we decided to put them to the test. My favorite of the women’s line (although there are so many great choices) are the WN’s Sync MTN GTX. While the model may sound a bit geeky, there’s a good reason why — the technology behind the shoe is significant, so much so that you actually FEEL as if there was a research and development team behind the design. And, guess what? There is!
Their Edition leather series combines many of the Treksta technologies and Nestfit anatomical design as I mentioned above, into a solid every day shoe that you could also wear for some of your adventure activities. For avid travelers, what we liked about this model was how adaptable it was — the nice chocolate brown color means that you could wear them while trekking around a city all day or for trail hikes and is still appropriate to wear to dinner. You can wear a conventional shoe lace with it but like the durability of the other Treksta shoes, it is GORE-TEX and has the fabulous IceLock technology on its HyperGrip Soles. That results in about 20% more traction on ice for the winter travelers among you.
The material is a waterproof oily nubuck leather with oily split suede and DM Mesh upper fabrics. One of the other more sophisticated hiking shoes we liked from the woman’s line is the WN’s Granite. Classic but sophisticated muted colors that will make you stand out on the hiking trails but in a subtle elegant way. These are built for rock solid protection — they use Oily Split Suede with HyperGrip’ Super Sticky Outsole.