We do quite a few outdoor activities here at RMK from hammock trips to hunting, hiking, fishing, camping, and even torturing ourselves up the CO Springs Incline. When we go on these adventures we always want to have the best gear for the job and not only the right backpack but the right footwear as well. I was sent over the Under Armor Verge Mid hiking boot to test out and put through the paces. I will say that the Verge Mid this is one of the lightest and most comfortable boots I have used to date.
The name Under Armor needs no introduction however, this is the first pair of hiking boots from them I have used. The Verge Mid has won Gear of the Year award by Outdoor Magazine for 2016 and for a good reason. Throughout my testing of these boots including hiking the CO Springs incline, many hammock hikes with Brecken and wearing them to work every day since I have received them I feel like I have put the Verge to the test.
"Light As A Feather"
As I said earlier the Verge is unbelievably light for a mid hiking boot at only 13.1oz. They are the same weight as my Nike running shoes for a comparison. This light weight is contributed to the mesh upper on the Verge that is reinforced with welded overlays to give it added durability. While on the trail you can really feel the weight of the boots and stay extremely quick on your feet.
The Verge Mid is lined with the famous GORE-TEX membrane which makes the Verge 100% Waterproof. Throughout my testing with the Verge, I walked through creeks, splashed through puddles, and even took a hose to them. Every time the inside of the boots were completely dry. Most of the time when you get a waterproof boot wet they gain a ton of weight and feel "wet'. The Verge being as light as it is still felt extremely light and did a great job at shedding off the water even with the mesh upper.
"All Day Comfort"
I not only used the Verge boots for hiking and climbing I have also worn them to work everyday since receiving them. Over the summer I normally work part time with lumber and walk 10,000-15,000 steps just at work alone. Before the Verge, I would have never even thought about wearing a hiking boot to work. That changed quickly when I picked up the boots for the first time and felt how light they were. After the first few hours with them on I not only appreciated the weight of the boots but also the support and cushion they gave. The Verge come with a Charged Cushioning insert under the forefoot and heel to give awesome support. Even after a full day at work, then straight to a hike with Brecken my feet felt great.
The sole of the Verge is almost super unique as it is made by Michelin. Yeah, that Michelin. The sole of the boot is soft while still giving the needed support on rocks and stumps. The Wild Gripper outsole uses sculpted rubber lugs for extreme traction and durability. When I switched to the Verge over my old hiking boots I felt the added traction immediately on the dirt trails. I rarely lost my grip while climbing up steep hills even when trying. The outsole also gave great traction on rocks and made blasting through the trails a breeze. The Verge also come with an ESS rock plate and TPU shank built into the midsole for added underfoot protection, stability, and incredible support.
"Molded Ankle Support"
I have always been a fan of the "mid" boots when compared to the normal hiking shoes. I love having the added support around my ankle, probably coming from my years of playing hockey and the same protection and support from the skates. The anatomically molded collar adds comfortable support around the ankle and feels great. The Verge also features an "Anafoam" stability chassis that delivers "body-mapped fit, lightweight structure & increased support".
The laces run the whole face of the boots and do a great job of tightening the whole boot when pulled from the top which allows for quick adjuments and on and off.
The UA Verge Mid GTX boot is without a doubt my favorite boot to date. The combination of lightweight, max support and waterproof GORE-TEX lining come together to make one hell of a hiking boot. The Verge comes in at right around $170 which is not the cheapest hiking boot but can be justified by the great build quality and features.
- GORE-TEX Waterproof Lining
- Great Ankle Support
- Michelin Outsole For Max Grip and Durability
- Comes in Many Different Colors
- Anafoam Midsole For Added Support and Protection
- Super Light Weight At Only 13.1oz
- Charged Cushion Support For Protection and Energy
- Not Cheap At $170 MSRP