The freshest addition to our stockpile of hiking boots is the HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra Hi WP, and boy are we glad we bought it. As we've come to expect from this company, the substantially cushioned sole and pliant upper grants an eruption of comfort. What astonished us was that this fabulous ride was supplemented by critical stability in its high-cut collar - all while remaining lightweight. Other competitors that provided similar ankle protection weighed loads more and just weren't as delightful to wear. We awarded this model our Top Pick for Lightweight Adventures, as it combines exceptional comfort for days on end.
While this model is the winner of our Top Pick award, we'd also recommend the Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX when a high level of comfort is necessary, but less stability is fancied. Despite their differences, these models are quite comparable, though the Tor Ultra Hi is more robust and offers a higher level of performance (along with a higher price tag). If you favor extraordinary performance across the board, with an emphasis and increase in water resistance, durability, and traction, our Editors' Choice Award winner, the Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX, might be the ticket.