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I'm about to travel to Costa Rica, on a trip that will include a serious hike. My travel company recommends hiking shoes in category B/C for this trip.

However, when I search for this type of shoes I always end up with heavy leather GoreTex shoes from companies like Hanwag and Mammut. (Like the popular Hanwag Alaska GTX)

The weather conditions seem to require lighter, more breathable, non-leather shoes. Still I can see the purpose of a firmer sole for the hike.

What kind of shoes would you recommend for an active trip to Costa Rica, including a jungle hike?

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    What kind of terrain? Pure jungle, or up a volcano or other mountains, or along a lot of beach? (like in Corcovado) – RemcoGerlich Jul 22 '16 at 11:42
  • If they recommend B/C shoes they will have a reason for that and you should not go lower. Remember that the shoes also serve to protect your ankles and feet from injuries and cuts. Stinky feet is a downside that you might have to accept, bring a pair of light shoes for after the hike. I once saw a boot in the mesh style that was pioneered by the salomon techamphibian but was unable to find it now. – mts Jul 22 '16 at 11:48
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    I don't know about those particular conditions, but I've found 'trail running' shoes useful for hiking as well as being lightweight. Of course they don't provide all the protection of hiking boots. – Spehro Pefhany Jul 22 '16 at 12:05
  • @RemcoGerlich: there will be a hike through the jungle in Osa Peninsula, but there will be some mountain hiking around San Isidro as well. Maybe I should get separate shoes for both types of hikes, but I was wondering if there are firmer shoes that are particularly suited to a tropical climate instead of an arctic climate – Cloud Jul 22 '16 at 12:18
  • This question might be better asked on The Great Outdoors. – Michael Hampton Jul 22 '16 at 17:39
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In the end I chose to buy a pair of the lesser known Hanwag Togiak GTX shoes.

They seem much lighter and more breathable than the other shoes I've seen, while they are still in the B category.

Other shoes I considered are Jack Wolfskin Impulse Texapore O2+Id, Lowa Phoenix GTX Mid and the Hanwag Comox GTX, all of which are in the B category.

I found that the B/C category doesn't contain any shoes that seem suited for the trip I'm about to do, so I think the B category is the closest I can get.

  • It would be great if you could comment after your trip on how useful you found those shoes. – mts Jul 23 '16 at 11:21
  • I will @mts, thanks for the advices you guys have given in the comments – Cloud Jul 23 '16 at 11:28

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