Take a Hike: A Run Oregon review of UnderArmour Verge Trail Boots

UnderArmour is gaining traction in the sports world, as they are represented by superstars like NBA MVP Steph Curry and MLB MVP Bryce Harper. Now Run Oregon is entering the shoe fray (albeit on a little different plane than these guys)! We were recently sent some running gear from their 2016 collection and they tossed in a couple of pairs of their new hiking boots. Obviously, they understood that Oregon is a perfect location to test these out and wanted to get a different perspective from reviewers who are more experienced in running shoes than hiking footwear.

Company: UnderArmour

Shoe: UA Verge Mid GTX Hiking Boots hiking boots ($169.99)


First use on the Wildwood

Specs (from UnderArmour Website): 

  • Height: 6.5″
  • Weight: 13.1 oz.
  • Breathable GORE-TEX membrane is 100% waterproof but still allows sweat to escape so you stay dry
  • Lightweight breathable mesh upper with supportive welded overlays
  • Anatomically molded collar for comfortable support
  • Dual density EVA midsole with UA Charged Cushioning inserts in the forefoot/heel
  • Anafoam stability chassis delivers body-mapped fit, lightweight structure & support
  • ESS rock plate and TPU shank for protection, stability, and incredible support
  • Michelin outsole with Wild Gripper rubber compound for excellent traction on a variety of terrains

UntitledImpressions (Matt):

The look of the boots seem to scream “UnderArmour” to me. They definitely push the envelope of what a trail boot should look like and fit in well with the UnderArmour image. That’s not to say it is way out there, as the men’s color schemes are still neutral in nature – consistent with most hiking footwear out there. However, they look like boots for the modern hiker, complete with that UnderArmour flair.

If you aren’t comfortable in running (or hiking) in mid-size shoes, they make the Verge in a low profile as well.

Out on the trail with the women’s Under Armour Verge Low GTX.

I tested the women’s UA Verge Low boots, which are a bit lighter (10.7 oz) and sell for $30 less than the Mid boots. The first thing I noticed about these is that they are actually cute boots. Seriously! The lower profile and the pink highlights make this look like less of a boot and more of a feminine hiking shoe. I know that hiking boots are not usually focused on looking cute, but, thank you Under Armour for the touch of pink!

The fit was comfortable and felt closer to a running shoe than a hiking boot. The slightly higher fit around the ankle made them feel sturdy like a hiking boot without restricting or rubbing my ankles. Though sturdy, the boot was not stiff. I had good movement, but also felt like I was not going to twist my ankle if I stepped slightly wrong on a rock or root. The traction felt good in dry conditions and seemed like it would also hold well if I had to deal with mud.

I tested these on a warm day and the GORE-TEX did breathe well, which I was thankful for. I have yet to try them out in the rain, but I love that these are waterproof so that I can get outdoors without worrying about cold, wet feet.

Overall, I am quite happy with the look, feel, and fit of these hiking boots. I had avoided buying boots in the past because they were just too bulky and stiff. These are a perfect combination of comfort, appealing to my vanity, and performance.

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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