Why We Chose It: Very light and nimble, eco-friendly design
L.I.M – that stands for Less Is More. This is a hiking boot that’s designed with fast and light adventures in mind, with the core essentials focussed and the materials refined to bring that gramme-count as low down the scale as possible. As we’ve come to expect from Haglöfs, there are some admirable eco aspects to it as well.
Who Are The Haglöfs L.I.M Walking Shoes For?
At 385g these are super light in weight and quite minimalist in terms of ankle support or underfoot protection and so, with that all in mind, we’d say these aren’t really suited to any gnarly mountain adventures involving overly technical terrain. They’re a good match for trail walking though – basically any three-season trips on reasonably worn paths. From a backpacking trip along the West Highland Way in Scotland to a fast hike of the Cotswold Way in England, we reckon these would suit a number of the UK’s frequently trodden long-distance footpaths.
As well as for all that outdoorsy stuff, these wouldn’t look too out of place in a city either, so they’d be handy for anyone who likes a boot they can wear pretty much day-to-day.
Design And Materials
Haglöfs appear to have used the same template they used for their hugely impressive Duality shoe here, albeit keeping things a little simpler in order to keep the overall weight down. The upper is relatively thin, with mainly just a breathable mesh with TPU reinforcements and foam padding around the ankle. Then of course there’s the waterproof membrane, which is Haglöfs’ own PROOF Eco, a fabric that’s made either from recycled or bluesign approved materials that are completely free from the environmentally hazardous PFCs often used for waterproof footwear.
“We reckon these would suit a number of the UK’s frequently trodden long-distance footpaths.”
In keeping with that L.I.M manta, the sole unit is also fairly minimalist, with just enough protection to block out sharp routes and rocks and an injected gel to bring a nice of bit of cushioning and shock absorption. There’s a large amount of flex which’ll be useful if you’re wearing these over long-distances. The outsole is much like the kind of one you’d find on a trail running shoe, with 4mm multi-directions lugs and a fairly sticky rubber compound bringing a decent bit of grip to proceedings.