Friday, June 15, 2012

A hike and a product review

The company sent me a pair of Tecnica Hiking Shoes to try out and review.  I've worn them a few times just around the neighborhood, and took them out on the trail this week to try them out.  Skyler came along for the hike on her first day of summer while Reed was at school.

Here is what I think.

First of all, I think my daughter is very adorable and cool.   And I love that at her current age of 7, we just walk and talk about all kinds of things on the trail.  I can't say it enough:  being one-on-one with my kids is the best way to appreciate and enjoy them. 

"Hey.  How did this seashell get into the woods?"

Okay, on to the shoes! These Women's Tecnica Shoes (Inferno X-Lite) were comfortable right out of the box.  I didn't need to break them in at all.  I wore them on a hike that had a lot of different surfaces:  grass, trail, rock, wet rock, moss, and some steep ups and downs, and I felt totally comfortable and supported.  They feel sturdier than a sneaker, but not stiff like other hiking shoes I've had.  I wouldn't run in them (and they aren't meant for trail running), but I think they are perfect for the kind of hikes I do with the kids.  If I don't need my leather hiking boots, but sneakers don't feel like enough, these Women's Tecnica shoes will be my go-to shoe.

I have heard great things about Tecnica hiking boots, especially when I worked at an outfitter store in college.   I was unfamiliar with their Women's hiking shoe line, but after my hike with them today, and the fact that I'm still wearing them hours later and they feel great, I give them two thumbs up.

Are they cute?  I don't know.  What do you think?  I would not have picked them up off the rack because I just am not drawn to lavender.  If they were bolder colors, I'd like them more.  I know, function over fashion when you're hiking, but still.  If I were to pay $100 or more for a pair of hiking shoes, I'd like some more color choices.  I do love the "quick-lace system" with the little sliding toggle. 

 They have good treads and did great on slippery terrain.
Actually, the gray and lavender is kind of growing on me.  I think I like them more after they got a little dirty.

I am very grateful to for the chance to review these shoes.  They were provided to me for free, but these opinions are my own.

In conclusion:  comfortable right out of the box, very good on the trail, and once they get dirty, the colors grew on me.  I love the little stretchy-cord laces.  Overall, I'm very happy with these shoes.  Good job, Tecnica!

Here are 2 more photos of Skyler and Jackson enjoying our beautiful hike.


Jen said...

I've never heard of Tecnica before. I love the colors and that they have the stretchy laces. If you're still wearing them hours after a hike, they've got to be comfy! Great review.