The Ahnu Sugarpine is a lightweight women’s waterproof hiking boot that delivers performance, style, and stability on the trail. Our trail-tested Sugarpine review.

I’ve had a tough time finding a waterproof hiking boot that delivers performance on-trail and provides stable comfort to help me hike longer distances. I’m so happy I found Ahnu. The Ahnu Sugarpine Waterproof Boot has delivered that combination I was looking for: waterproof performance, comfort, and style. Ahnu designed the boot for hiking, and it performs really well on the trail. But it’s also very versatile: I’ve found myself wearing it as I trek around town on rainy days.

Ahnu Sugarpine hiking boot review: our favorite lightweight women's hiking boots

Ahnu Sugarpine on the trail

This boot has been my trusty trail companion on some of my favorite hikes in Georgia. It’s a stylish women’s hiking boot offered in vibrant colors that spice up my hiking wardrobe. But most importantly, it performs well on the trail in the areas that truly matter, with apparent Ahnu attention to comfort, stability, grip, and durability.

Top women's waterproof boots: our Ahnu Sugarpine hiking boot review

A boot’s stability is the first factor I weigh when making a purchase decision. In full disclosure, I can be a bit of a klutz, on-trail and off, so I want to know that I’m going to be protected against whatever nature delivers to my feet. Ahnu designed this boot with a combination of technologies that are apparent on the trail. This boot’s waterproof mesh and leather effectively seal out water: I’ve been solidly impressed with the Sugarpine’s ability to keep my feet dry and warm in wet weather, or when I’m crossing a creek. On the inside, a wicking lining combines with the outer breathable waterproof mesh and leather to deliver effective moisture management to keep my feet dry when temperatures rise.

The boot also features a gusseted tongue to keep out dirt, and durable rubber toe protection to provide defense against roots and rocky terrain. The boot’s Vibram rubber outsole provides grippy traction with wide lugs to prevent debris pick-up and keeps me feeling stable on tough terrain. The boot delivers neutral positioning, and its arch support and cushioning keep my feet supported and cushioned on long-distance adventures.

Ahnu Sugarpine hiking boot: one of our favorite women's waterproof boots

Despite all this high-performance technology, the Ahnu Sugarpine is extremely light weight and comfortable. And despite their great support, the boot’s sole is flexible to allow easy movement on the trail. The boot’s break-in time was minimal, but as with most any boot, I’d suggest breaking them in on shorter walks before tackling longer, high-mileage trails. And paired with a quality hiking sock, like the Darn Tough Micro Crew, this is one comfortable boot.

The boot comes in a variety of fun, eye-catching color combinations that can add a little spunk to your hike (and a few less colorful ones, if you prefer!). And to round out the line, Ahnu also offers a lower version of the boot, which trades lower weight for less ankle support.

Ahnu Sugarpine: review wrap-up

This is a lightweight, high-performance waterproof hiking boot that delivers stability and comfort on the trail. It’s impressively light, comfortable and stylish, and a fantastic choice for mid-length hikes across wet, dry, flat, or uneven terrain.

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Kaley Decker is a writer, aspiring photographer and all around life enthusiast who lives in Atlanta with her husband and two adorable Boston terriers. Kaley loves hiking, running, and exploring Georgia’s natural beauty.

Ashley Walsh

Ashley Walsh is a fun-loving ultramarathon runner addicted to playing in the dirt. She was born and raised in Georgia, and is married to her high school sweetheart, who is a total stud. Together with their two kids they have crazy fun making memories outdoors. Ashley blogs about her ultrarunning adventures at, and loves to post about her training on Instagram @AshRuns100s.