The La Sportiva FC Eco 3.0 is an outstanding lightweight hiking boot. It provides the most ankle stability of the lightweight models we tested, and is more durable than most as well. This is a Gore-Tex lined product that performs much more like the heavier midweights when wearing a pack, without the additional ounces. We find it a great choice both for day hiking and backpacking with light to moderate loads.
This boot tends to fit average to narrow feet well, so folks with wider feet may find the similar Keen Targhee II Mid a better fit. We found the Targhee more comfortable, and it's a little lighter. Folks willing to add some weight for better ankle stability should check out the Vasque St. Elias and Salomon Quest 4D, our two award-winning midweight models.