Rated 5 out of 5Â by cheech464 Look great/stick to rock
My wife and I hike in the White Mountain region of New Hampshire several times each week during the spring, summer, and fall with occasional outings during the winter. My primary hiking shoe/boot for a while has been a pair of Vasque Erikssons. I love the Erikssons, but their too heavy and sturdy for some of our 4 to 5 mile outings so I started looking for a pair of hiking shoes a few months ago.
I went with the Grand Traverses after reading reviews and being able to find a pair online for around $100. Well that and, let's admit, they look awesome. I wasn't disappointed when I pulled them out of the box. My wife didn't even realize they were my new hiking shoes and was complementing me on how good they look.
I was amazed at how comfortable these are when I first put them on. There's enough room in the toe box for me to wiggle my pinky toes, but not so much that I'm sliding around in the shoes. The fit was better than most of the sneakers I own. I was put off a little at first by how the shoes seem to grip a little lower on my heel than I'm used to, but when it occurred to me on my first hike that this meant they weren't pressing against my Achilles tendon I was pretty happy.
My first outing in the new shoes was the Welch and Dickey loop in New Hampshire. It's a short hike that features pitched granite slabs most of the way. It's known for being a rough angle to hike at and slick even in dry conditions. I didn't feel my foot slip once, and after realizing that half-way through the hike I was trying to get them to break loose. They even stuck to a mostly vertical surface while I was pulling myself over a ledge. What I really like about these shoes is that they are rock solid most of the way up, but the tops are soft mesh material. For me that means my feet can be at any weird angle or my toes can be bouncing off of roots and rocks, and my ankles aren't being pushed around.
I do really wish there were a water proof option for these shoes. I know water proofing would make them warmer, but warmth isn't a problem for me and water is. I don't think I can rely on these for a long hike just because I can't be guaranteed that they'll keep my feet dry. I'm not saying all Grand Traverses should be water proof, but the option would be nice.
June 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Justinintahoe Super comfortable
This is the most comfortable shoe I've ever purchased. I haven't had them long so I don't know how they will hold up. Perfect for mtn biking and light hikes and just casual wear.
June 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by jj1360 Operator
These are bye far the best shoe I have ever wear
I have bought many other shoes from many of the other top brands and these bye far blow the others away they work on mud,rock,snow,ice and hard or soft sand..... Love them
January 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Nampa Grand Traverse, size 48/14A
It is rare for me to find a good looking, comfortable multipurpose shoe that fits as well as the Grand Traverse. I have worn them daily for the past three months on an extended visit to Australia and New Zealand. That is somewhere near 500 miles of trails, sidewalks, city streets and stairways. The thing I like best about them is after a day of hard walking, they are dressy enough to wear with nicer jeans to any restaurant for dinner. The grippy parts around the suction cups on the soles are worn away but the tackiness of the materials still assures a safe step even in wet conditions. I would recommend this shoe, especially to someone with long, narrow feet.
August 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Paul Best trail shoe ever
I've worn a lot of trail shoes and had several pairs of Vasque but these are the bomb. Sticky rubber soles that grip like crazy, breathable, flexible upper and a great fit - secure but roomy.
I've probably hiked 500 miles in these things and they still feel as good as new - a couple of scuffs to prove they're not brand new but otherwise they're in incredible shape. For me they're too stiff for trail running but for anything less than a jog they're bullet-proof - they even took crampons pretty well for sub-vertical winter trails. I'm still trying to break them, but so far I just can't.
August 8, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5Â by canyonguide Great grip, terrible durability.
I am a climbing and canyoneering guide who uses my gear every day.
There are some features I like of the Grand Traverse. The rand on the toe makes for great edging, the rubber is very grippy to the point where I can't slip when I want to demonstrate in front of clients. The lowcut heel is very comfortable.
The cons of the shoe are a dealbreaker for me. The first is durability. The shoe started to fall apart after two months of use. The top lace is connected to a thin strap that exits the shoe around the heel for seemingly no reason. This strap broke very quickly and rendered the shoe much less functional. If the strap was inside the heel cup this would not be a problem.... It looks like they were trying to make it look cool and ended up sacrificing durability. I have had several other issues with durability with this shoe, but this is the main dealbreaker for me.
It's not a very sturdy shoe so on long days my arches start to hurt.
The heel started falling apart and the sole started peeling off the shoe.
August 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by TNT2K Great shoe for biking!
I use the Grand Traverse for all mountain mountain biking with flat pedals and I must say it fits great on the pedals and on the foot. Soles grip well so far, my feet haven't come off the pedals once in the month I've used them! Soles also grip well on the ground for hiking and trail running. Very comfortable shoe right out of the box! Overall amazing shoe, would definitely recommend.
July 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Alex13 These shoes are the real deal
I have owned these hiking shoes for over 6 months now and let me tell you, these shoes are no joke. Whether it is a casual stroll down a walking trail, mountain biking, bouldering, or mountain climbing these are the shoes for you. I recently took these on a trip through the Devil's Path in the Catskills and they worked wonderfully. The support and stability is next to none, the sole is excellent I can't remember slipping more than once on a 15+ mile hike. And not to mention that they look awesome! Overall these are an incredibly comfortable, durable, and stylish shoe that I would strongly recommend to anyone who loves physical activity.
June 24, 2015