ECCO Yura GTX hiking shoe
The lightweight, super comfortable, waterproof Yura GTX from ECCO packs style and durability into a low-rise hiking shoe. From in-town urban treks to day hikes on the Appalachian Trail, this shoe feels amazing and looks fun and stylish. Our trail-tested review.
Every year, we hike some serious mileage on trails in the South. And there’s nothing that ruins a hike faster than ill-fitting boots or blisters. We’ve been testing the ECCO Yura GTX hiking shoe over the past few seasons, and we’re stunned by the level of comfort and exceptional fit that these low-rise boots provide.
The Yura GTX is a waterproof hiking shoe with simply incredible comfort and stability. In the shoe, our feet are dry, comfy and steady on a wide range of terrain and trails. Bottom line: the comfort is just outstanding, even on high (15-20 mile) days on the trail.
Our trail-tested ECCO Yura GTX review
I absolutely love being out on the trail. Whether it’s a run on the Atlanta BeltLine or summiting Black Balsam Knob off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, I love the feel of the trail under my feet. And since there’s only one thing between my feet and the ground, I love footwear that keeps my feet comfortable, dry and on the move. I’ve been thoroughly impressed by this shoe.
The upper is made from durable suede leather and features GORE-TEX technology to keep my feet cool and dry while hiking in the wet, hot and humid South. The GORE-TEX membrane wicks moisture out of the shoe and away from my feet while preventing outside moisture from entering. I’ve crossed shallow creeks and tributaries with these shoes and have yet to hike with wet feet.
The Yura GTX felt completely broken in right out of the box. It’s one of the few shoes or boots that I’ve worn on a 15-mile hike on the first wear without an ounce of discomfort. The fit was true to size, and the men’s size 9.5 felt roomy but secure, without rubbing or slipping.
The sole of the Yura GTX is where this shoe really performs. It’s ultra comfortable and flexible. The sole uses ECCO’s new RECEPTOR technology to keep the shoe light and provide excellent support and cushioning. With wide lugs and non-stick rubber, the grip of the shoe is excellent, offering great traction and stability on a variety of surfaces and obstacles. I’ve hiked many rocky trails in this shoe, and have been impressed with the control they provided. And the shoe’s amply cushioned footbed keeps my feet from feeling rough terrain on the trail.
Even though it’s designed as a light duty hiking shoe, because of its comfort, I’ve worn it on many more rigorous hikes. On really tough terrain in the Yura GTX, I’ve missed the ankle support of a traditional mid-rise hiking boot – but I’ll admit, I was stretching the intended use of the shoe. Still, I loved the comfort that the Yura GTX gave on the trail, and my feet felt great while trekking steep terrain and climbing over boulders and rocks.
It’s also a stylish shoe – and totally wearable off trail. These shoes can easily go from trail to town in a single day, and still offer the rugged durability and comfort of a more traditional (clunky) hiking shoe. I’ve worn the Yura GTX for everyday wear around the city, urban hiking adventures, and some remote multi-day trips, and they’ve never let me down.
ECCO Yura GTX: review wrap-up
The Yura is simply a fantastic hiking shoe. It’s ultra comfortable, waterproof, durable and versatile – and has kept my feet happy on and off the trail. It’s my favorite go-to grab for a lightweight hiking shoe.
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