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The Best Boots for Jungle Hiking: Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid

I'm moving to Puerto Rico and I need hiking boots to match the climate and terrain. Since I've got narrow feet, I've been considering the Vasque Breeze or Wasatch. What do you think?

The Best Boots for Jungle Hiking: Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid

Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid Photo: Courtesy of Lowa

Lowa's Zephyr GTX Mid ($180) are similar to the Vasque Breezes, with a composite leather and nylon upper, a Gore-Tex liner, and an emphasis on breathability. I like their external polyurethane exoskeleton, which adds support without bulk. Like most boots in this class, they have nylon shanks for light weight and flexibility on day hikes or with a light load.

The fit in all of these boots will be improved with some Superfeet Green insoles ($40). They're the “high-volume” model, meaning they’re for low-volume and narrow feet.

My last piece of advice is this: Buy two pairs of boots and let one dry out while you're hiking in the other.

Filed To: Gear Guy, Hiking Boots

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