This shoe fell short of our winners' circle, as the competition was stiff this year. The heavier Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX was our favorite for aggressive hiking, which is also nimble and speedy but gains better traction in varied terrain and has a higher flood height. If you want the best of athleticism and backpacking capability, The North Face Ultra 109 GTX is for you.
Terrex Swift R Mid GTX maintains the same construction and materials of the shoe model but with a taller ankle shaft. We haven't tested this hiking boot, but expect its performance to be similar to the shoe, with the addition of more ankle protection, a higher flood height, and a small weight increase. If you love the shoe but desire more ankle stability, try the boot alternative!