For the person who wants something more substantial than a low-cut hiking shoe yet finds a full-blown hiking boot too heavy, the Garmont Mens Sitka Plus XCR Hiking Shoe is just right. The shoes foundation consists of a three component sandwich, with each part playing a big role in the incredible underfoot comfort and stability. The Garmont TrailSport Hike outsole orients the lugs in a wide variety of directions, providing aggressive traction for ambitious trail travel. A thermal plastic urethane spine forms the next layer of the sandwich. This strong, yet lightweight platform gives the Sitka Plus XCR torsional rigidity for uneven terrain, and also offers support underneath the arch that reduces foot fatigue, especially when carrying an overnight pack. A compression molded EVA midsole forms the top layer of the footframe, supplying a lightweight sheet of cushioning that reduces the impact of long days on the trail. Its cupped shape adds stability too. For wet days the Garmont Mens Sitka Plus XCR Hiking Shoe features a GORE-TEX lining underneath the nubuk leather upper for waterproof and breathable comfort.