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Ecco Track

rated 3.5 of 5 stars

The Track has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best trail shoes for 2023.

Ecco Tracks are extremely light and comfortable, waterproof (GTX), and good looking. Problem is, they really aren't hiking boots. The sole appears to be a soft natural latex over a dense black foam. The sole is relatively thin and flexible, meaning that you feel every pebble you step on. After a couple of weeks of relatively light walking over mostly easy trails (Britain's Lake District; New Mexico's Rio Grande Gorge), large chunks of the latex had begun to peel off.

The store tells me Ecco doesn't have a way of resoling the shoes yet, but may be coming out with a fix soon. I'll believe it when I see it. Conclusion: These are terrific hiking boots provided you limit your hikes to the local shopping mall.

Materials: Leather
Use: Light walking
Break-in Period: None
Price Paid: $200

This is quite possibly THE most comfortable all around shoe ever produced. It fits in the arch and around the ankle, thus giving a fit that will make you want to burn all of your other shoes. Its also extremely cushanny, which is a plus for me since I'm on my feet for most of the day. exellent shoe for the occasional bird watcher that might also like something to wear for dress casual. I know some people who would wear it backpacking, but since it doesn't have a shank I wouldn't put more than twenty pounds of gear on top of it. It's mostly a boot for rainy days and day hikes.

Materials: oil tan leather w/ gore tex
Use: light hiker, all weather walker
Break-in Period: veeeeeery short
Weight: not an issue
Price Paid: $200

I refuse to throw these shoes out...ever. When the tread has finally worn off, I'll put them in a display case or contact Ecco to get sole replacements. Have not been able to find this model (Track, original) ANYWHERE since I bought them in '97. The Track II is superb as well, but I was never crazy on the look or tread. I cannot praise these shoes enough. If you're lucky enough to find a pair of original Ecco Track shoes, BUY 'EM. You will have NO regrets.

Materials: Leather Gore-Tex
Use: All round and light hiking
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $250 cnd


  • Very light and waterproof


  • Soles disintegrated

Have had 2 pairs of the Track GTX. Very comfortable until the sole disintegrated (on both). Do not buy.


Several years of wearing them.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £145

Version reviewed: 96

Great, comfertable boot. Good for just about anything. I love my boot but it is not a heavy hiking boot. Buy this boot for every day to up to a 2 week trip in the backcountry.

Materials: all leather(not one peice)
Use: good with mid weight pack or lighter great for anything but heavy long backpacking
Break-in Period: about a week (all day)
Weight: not sure
Price Paid: $200 (I got it for $160 on sale)

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