Ahnu Northridge ReviewMarch 7, 2016
- High shaft for deep snow
- Totally waterproof
- Good arch support
- Break-in period
- Gusset only comes up to ankle
- Narrow toe box
The Ahnu Northridge is comfortable on hikes thanks to its waterproofing, warmth, and secure lacing and zipper system, but parts of the flexible ankle shaft dug into the ankle bone for various testers. Compared to other boots, the insole provides good arch support and the tall cut keeps deep snow out. Improvements to the the Ahnu Northridge include widening the toe box slightly, as well as providing more support around the ankle.
The Ahnu Northridge boots fit well with snowshoes and microspikes. They worked fine for short and medium hikes with unsteady terrain and were comfortable enough for walking on snowy and/or icy sidewalks post-hike.
The Northridge boots ran a little narrow in the footbed and toe box. The boots provide good arch support, but little ankle support. On first few hikes, the ankle shaft dug into the inside of the ankle for an uncomfortable experience. Though after a short break-in period with thick socks this wasn’t as much of an issue.
On ice and slick snow, the Ahnu Northridges faired well, providing decent traction with medium lugs, although other boots with large lugs did have slightly better traction.
During a mellow hike in 21-degree weather, the lightweight boots kept feet and toes warm. The boots stayed dry and warm in puddles, but when submerged above the ankle, feet got wet as the gusset does not continue past the ankle.
The footbed and midsole support are tight and secure to provide stability on uneven surfaces, but the bendable ankle shaft did not provide support around the ankle or above.