Wolverine and Seattle Backpackers Magazine sent me some flash hiking shoes to test out. They have Wolverine’s new Individual Comfort System discs in the heels that allow individuals to customize the shoes’ cushion and support. This systems adds a little weight, but also adds a lot of customizability.
Through my adventures of moving from traditional heavy backpacking gear to lighter weights I have tried the whole gambit of footwear. I’ve hiked in everything from heavy-duty leather Gore-Tex Zamberlan Trek Lite 2’s to barefoot style Merrell True Gloves with my current favourites being my Montrail Hardrock trail runners.
At first glance the Flares fit my idea of what a hiking shoe should be. I prefer to have a light, low shoe with no waterproofing to keep maximum breathability. Instead I rely on my Rocky Gore-Tex socks when things get wet. And, at an MSRP of $110, they are a competitively priced day-hiker.
My dog Guinness and I set out to see if they have what it takes to stand up to the demanding terrain of the Rocky Mountains. We did some multi-day backpacking, long distance day-hikes, scrambled over rocks, and soaked them in the rain.
Seattle Backpackers Magazine has my full review with all the details you could ever want to know if you’re considering the Wolverine Flares. And, if it so happens that you need even more info feel free to shoot me any questions in the comment section below.