The Vasque Monolith UD Mid is a top ranking boot that with a lightweight, comfortable feel. The Monolith scored highly in all categories as an affordable, lightweight hiking boot. They are comfortable and stable in all types of terrain and held up to stream crossings nearly as well as the some of the full-leather boots such as the Oboz Bridger BDry Mid - Women. Overall, these boots stand up to the abuses of the trail without feeling heavy or bulky. We wore these boots on long day hikes with lots of elevation gain and loss, and the boots worked great on this kind of terrain. They kept our feet feeling good all day and held up to carrying up to 20 pounds of weight, making them great for day hiking.
The Vasque Monolith Low - Women's is a low-cut hiking shoe, constructed with the same design features as the boot we tested. For a reduced price of $110, this could be a great option for shopper intrigued by the great value of the Monolith who don't necessarily need the protection of a high-top.