Why We Chose The Halti Fara Mid 2: Lightweight, waterproof, well-cushioned, great value
A well-priced light hiker from Finnish brand Halti, the Fara Mid 2 is a mid-cut boot designed for forest rambles, countryside walks and day hikes. The emphasis is on lightweight, all-day comfort for relatively undemanding terrain, though they are equipped with a waterproof lining to enable you to tramp through the wet stuff without too much concern.
Who Are The Halti Fara Mid 2 women’s shoes For?
Intended for ‘spring or fall walks and hikes in nature’, this fabric mid-cut hiker is an ideal boot for non-technical day walks. They have a waterproof-breathable lining to keep feet dry, so there’s no need to stick to puddle-free trails, but as a mid-cut style, they obviously don’t have the same degree of protection or support as burlier, higher-cut boots. However, the synthetic textile uppers and foam rubber midsole means they are very light, so they’re well-suited to women who don’t like or need chunky clodhoppers.
These are lightweight fabric boots, with uppers made from a mix of recycled polyester (from recycled PET bottles) with synthetic reinforcements. They’re lined with Halti’s own waterproof-breathable technology, a PU-based membrane called DrymaxX. There’s also a moisture wicking polyester mesh lining for added comfort and breathability.
“This fabric mid-cut hiker is an ideal boot for non-technical day walks.”
Underfoot, the outsole is a Halti GripmaxX Antislip rubber outsole with a phylon midsole made from EVA foam. The sole unit is not the most aggressive, with fairly shallow lugs that are better suited to easier, hard-packed trails than anything too loose or technical. The EVA midsole gives plenty of cushioning and shock absorption though, aided by an anatomically-designed insole that gives you a little more structure and padding for the heel, instep and ball of the foot.