Moving fast and light through the backcountry is what the Ellipse 3 CS WP is designed to do, come rain or shine. It's an ideal peak bagging model but lacks the comfort and support desired by most when backpacking with a heavier pack. They are waterproof though, and the synthetic upper is slow to take on water. While we like these shoes for some applications, we preferred the Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry - Women's for an all-around hiking shoe, and if you are looking for a lot of cushion underfoot, check out our Top Pick for Comfort, the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP - Women's.
The Ellipse GTX is now the Ellipse 3 CS WP. Read on for details about the change!