Now that summer has come to a close (I think it’s official, the first snowfall has occurred!), what better time to recapture the adventures experienced in my ECCO Biom Terrain Boots! First I want to send a HUGE thank you to ECCO in making me one of their product ambassadors and giving me a chance to try out some of their amazing footwear from their BIOM line (Also check out my review on their BIOM Terrain Sandals, which I travelled all over South America with). I believe in honest endorsement and wouldn’t recommend a brand or piece of equipment if I truly didn’t stand behind it, which is easy to do with ECCO when their products are just that good! I’ve had multiple opportunities this summer to try out their hiking boots and here is what I have to say.
Right off the bat, I love the way they look. They are a fresh take on the monotonous leather construct hiking boot, that doesn’t look much different from it’s predecessors in the turn of the century. Accented with vibrant colours (comes in blue or pink), the ever so cool and functional yak leather and the rugged rubber sole make it a super stylish boot in my opinion.
In terms of fit, the first pair I tried out were too narrow around the balls of my feet, and after a painful hike were quickly gifted to a deserving recipient. However, trying a size larger seemed to fix the problem (wide footed people take note) and I was a happy hiker again! The boot has lots of ankle support, which is important when using them for backpacking trips, but it still has great mobility. The boot is lined with Gore-Tex which, equates to breathability; in the summer my feet were kept cool and in the fall my feet were kept warm and dry while tromping through snow. Furthermore, the rugged rubber sole provides supreme traction on multiple types of terrain. From polished rock to steep scree slopes to wet/icy surfaces these boots have you covered.
Overall the BIOM Terrain Boot gets my vote, the only downsides that I see are that the fit might be problematic to wide footed people and although it is a fantastic boot, its price point may be outside of some people’s budget. If you’re looking to upgrade your current boots (check out my post on shopping for hiking boots), to something more sturdy, maybe move from a day hiking boot to a backpacking boot that can do both, I highly recommend the ECCO Biom Terrain boots. I can’t wait to try them snowshoeing this winter!
**Feature Photo: Photographer, Larry Kwan & Model, Michelle Vincent (good thing she shaved her legs!)