Ahnu Montara Boot

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The Ahnu Montara Boot is a mid-cut hiker designed to take you from the trails to city streets. This women's outdoor boot features a nubuck upper with an eVent waterproof, breathable membrane and Numentum™ neutral positioning technology for stability and comfort every step of the way. The Vibram outsole of the Ahnu Montara Boot offers enhanced traction on rugged terrain.


  • Pig leather at collars enhances comfort; nylon linings wick moisture away from feet
  • Padded collar for comfort
  • Genuine Leather lined collar and tongue

Support and Cushioning:

  • Dual-density EVA midsoles supply lightweight, cushioned support underfoot; thermoplastic urethane shanks offer midfoot stability and torsional rigidity
  • The 'Montara' features the famous Numentum technology which provides stability and support in the instep.

Weather and Wind:

  • Waterproof leather upper adds durability and will keep your foot dry on your day hike.
  • The eVent bootie gives you added water protection in snow or rain.
  • Waterproof oiled leather and suede leather uppers are flexible and tough, supplying lasting performance on the trail ; rubber toe caps protect uppers and feet from abrasion


  • High density EVA plugs provide comfort in your midsole and flexibility in your heel.


  • Traditional lacing system makes for a secure and snug fit.
  • Numentum® biometric technology for anatomical fit


  • Nubuck upper material


  • eVent® waterproof, breathable membranes protect feet from the elements while retaining excellent breathability

Traction and Grip:

  • Vibram® rubber outsoles on the Ahnu Montara boots ensure lasting, dependable traction on trails
  • Vibram outsole for traction on variety of surfaces


  • Mid-cut comes up above the ankle
  • Mid-cut for added security and protection
  • Rubber toe protector for durability
  • Designed for traditional and fast hiking

The Ahnu Montara Boot for Women in Astral Aura is a lightweight hiking featuring Ahnu Numentum Hike technology that provides the ultimate in support, shock absorption and traction, as well as a neutral positioning system that keeps you balanced and encourages your foot’s natural biomechanics. This mid-height boot can handle packs up to 40 lbs, but also excels on day hikes and is a great traveler. Take this boot on any adventure trip where style, comfort and fit are all necessary elements.


Get outdoors this summer in the Ahnu Montara Hiking Boot. This boot is lightweight, and comes up over the ankle for good coverage. The Vibram sole provides excellent traction, and is durable enough for heavy packs and long trails. The Ahnu Montara Boot is waterproof, so you can trudge right on through streams and puddles. It's also padded and cushioned in all the right places for long-lasting comfort.

Your feet will be warm and comfortable in the lightweight 'Montara Boot' by Ahnu™.
The 'Montara' features the famous Numentum™ technology which provides stability and support in the instep.
The eVent® bootie gives you added water protection in snow or rain.
Rugged Vibram® outsole adds excellent traction and durability for all types of surfaces.

Take to the trails in the Ahnu Montara boots, which supply waterproof, breathable protection thanks to eVent® membranes, along with sturdy construction and light support for light day hikes.


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Average footwear weight (pair):1 lb. 14 oz.
Circumference:13 in
Footwear closure:Lace-up
Footwear height:Over-the-ankle
Heel Height:1 1⁄2 in
Lining:eVent waterproof breathable membrane/nylon/pig leather collar
Midsole:Dual-density EVA
Outsole:Vibram rubber
Platform Height:1 in
Shaft:5 in
Support:Thermoplastic urethane shank
Upper:Waterproof oiled leather/suede leather/rubber
Weight:13.7 oz
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Ahnu Montara Boot Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

I may have lucked out really

I will start with stating these are my first hiking boot investment boots. I went to the REI in Marlton NJ with my boyfriend, who is a hiker, and tried on every pair they had. The staff at the store was great, we were able to look at the different style and workout which size would be best. I walked around the store itself and used the mini rock display to see if they would stabilize my ankle enough. I tend to easily twist my ankles so it was a big concern when going on a multiple day hike.
I work in schools so I am usually on my feet all day, heavy shoes are not an option for me. I feel the weight quickly and will drag through the day. When comparing these with the other boots in stock they felt lighter then most but not so light I was worried about protecting my feet and ankles on the trail.
They also didn't make me feel like my feet were magically 4 inches wider. I felt clunky and awkward in the boots with a wider sole, these felt more true to my actual foot size. I'm not sure about other women out there but I know for me when the shoe I'm wearing has made my foot wider then I'm used to I become more clumsy and tend to trip over my own feet. These boots allowed me to feel I could use my regular spacial understanding of where my foot can fit. (if that makes sense)
They didn't allow for ankle rolling! At the store I was trying to test how much they would allow me to bend incorrectly at the ankle. I am a pretty bad ankle twister in my everyday walking or running so it is a concern. These boots did allow for range of motion within limits and on the trail saved my ankle quite a few times.
Don't be afraid to go a 1/2 size up! I compared them in the store with thick socks and all. I wear an 8- 8 1/2 shoe depending on style and manufacturer. On one foot I had the 8 1/2 on the other the 9. I went with the 9 because it was very secure around the ankle but still allowed for my toes to not feel jammed in and thinking ahead to the natural swelling I was expecting from hiking for miles.
On our backpacking trip we hiked through mud, stream crossing, rock crossings, narrow passes (from the rain) and flat paths. The only time I had questionable footing from the boots was over some algae covered rocks at a rushing stream. My feet stayed dry and I wasn't ready to throw them into the fire at the end of the day of hiking.
Some of the reviews I read about these boots mention the very little break in time and I feel they are true. I didn't have much time to break them in properly (about a week really) but I wore them 5 out of 7 days before we went on our hike and they formed quickly to my heal and toes. I didn't need any moleskin during the hike and no blisters formed during it either.
JoBie at REI on 08/08/2013

Awesome NEUTRAL Hiking Boot!

I have narrow feet, super high arches and I severely under-pronate (supinate). I had the hardest time finding hiking shoes because everything I tried on had way too much pronation control. Even if I took the insoles out, they were too built up in the midsole and would interfere with my natural gait, causing foot and knee discomfort. I wish hiking shoes were labeled as neutral or stability like running shoes are! These are true neutral shoes, allow for natural movement while still encouraging a very neutral gait (I guess because of their Numentum technology). I imagine that would make them perfect for those of you who use orthotics, too. I miraculously don't under-pronate in these boots and it still provides the stability I need when dealing with rocky terrain. Since my feet are so narrow I added some high-volume inserts for a better fit. Fit true to size, even with the inserts I didn't have to size up like with most hiking boots. I think it's because the upper is so soft it hugs my foot like a moccasin, and prevents my foot from sliding forward at all. Those with wide feet or high-volume orthotics will need to size up 1/2 size. Do note that these are lightweight hikers and not comparable to heavy duty backpacking boots. Also, the blue color is actually purple. Docked one star because the traction could definitely be better. I was willing to compromise that for comfort since I'm not on super technical trails.
SF girl at REI on 08/08/2013

Excellent for work!

I work in the rural EMS field and am required to wear black leather boots. Most of the industry standard boots are like wearing cement shoes...they're all made for men and then just sized down for women, so clunky and uncomfortable. A female colleague had recommended these (she found them on sale under $100, lucky!!) so I just went out and got them. They have been comfy from day 1...zero break-time and I wear them daily for 12hr shifts in varied terrain, weather, etc. They are very soft so I am not sure how they would stand up to hard core hiking, but that softness is what makes them immediately comfortable. They are a little bit narrower than I would have liked...I am a huge fan of the Keen oversized toebox. But I have an average/medium width foot and these are perfectly comfortable, I think again because they are so soft and mold to your foot so quickly. I can't say they're my favorite shoe ever because if Keen made a similar product in black I would have gotten those for the ruggedness and toebox. But I am not at all unhappy with these overall. I think they may be a bit overpriced for how long I anticipate them lasting with daily wear.
heligirl at REI on 11/11/2013

Wonderful boot

I followed advice and bought my boots a full size larger and late in the day. Two days later I went to the Boy Scout Jamboree at the Summit in WV. I did not break in my boots at all. We had to hike about 2.5 miles to get from our campsite to our work site. Throw in hiking to chow hall and around Jamboree and I was putting in 8-12 miles a day everyday according to my pedometer. NO blisters, NO hot spots, NO problems with these boots! I wore a thin liner sock (silk worked better than poly for me) and smartwool or REI or BSA hiking socks. And I wore a pack everyday with close to 20 pounds or more. It got to the point where my feet felt better in my boots than in any other shoe!
We also had swampy conditions in my work center. We were literally ankle deep in mud for several days, but my boots kept my feet dry and they cleaned up easily after Jamboree.
I am prepping to hike the AT and hope these boots will last for most of it. I would definitely recommend them IF you size them right for how much hiking you will be doing.
Lady Scouter at REI on 09/09/2013

LOVE these boots!

I know you should spend time breaking in boots before a hike but I only found them a short time before I left on a week trip to Lassen with my daughter's class so I only got in 1 test hike. I LOVE them! They are super cute and comfortable once you figure out which socks to wear (I needed high enough ones to double over in the ankle after a summer of sandals and naked feet). I am also using an arch support insert. They worked climbing up Cinder Cone, which is basically all loose pumice and steep, and were great the day after it snowed and we hiked up Lassen in a mix of dirt and snow. I love that they are local (SF Bay Area) and keep my feet warm, dry and look great. What a great company! Oh, and so many compliments, even from men. I am looking forward to winter weather to take them mt biking and hiking when the weather turns.
outdoor time at REI on 11/11/2013
These boots are wonderful! Comfortable right out of the box -- needed no break-in period. I have a very narrow heel and a wide forefoot, so finding shoes that fit well is a challenge, but these fit the bill perfectly. These boots are one of three different brands that I ordered and the only ones I'm keeping. I ordered a half size larger than what I regularly wear to allow for thicker socks - and I couldn't be more pleased. As to the water resistance - well, we got 3 - 4 inches of very wet, slushy snow the day the boots arrived, so they got tested right away since I had to do some snow blowing. My feet stayed perfectly dry and warm during the hour or so that I was tromping around outside. The boots shed water like a duck! I will add that I had great traction in the slippery stuff, too. Great product!
Cathie Z - customer at Zappos.com on 11/12/2011

Awesome, Awesome Boots!

Originally I bought a different model of Ahnu boots with Vibram soles, but had to bring them back because I found my foot moved around too much. Turns out I bought them too large & it was no fault of the boot. I asked to try on a 1/2 size smaller & the salesperson accidentally brought me the leather pair of Ahnu boots instead, also with Vibram soles. Decided to slip them on & boy was I happy about that!! They have turned out to be my most favorite boots of all time. They are durable on top, light weight to wear on long hikes, have great traction over a variety of terrain including rocky, wet & uneven footing. I have even thought I will buy a backup pair of these boots in case the manufacturer changes anything. I want another pair of the exact same make & model from the same shipment if possible.
TJ in Oregon at REI on 10/10/2013

Perfect boot

I purchased these boots based on the reviews and style. They weren't too manly, and still had great colors to choose from. I didn't make time before our hike to Lake Ingalls to break these boots in. (Really like keeping things in mint condition.) I figured I get tons of blisters, but with a pair of sock liners, a nice hiking blend sock, and a little moleskin on my heels, my feet are blister-free! We went on a three day hiking trip and I wore them all day. I did buy them a half size bigger so I could wear a sock liner and a pair of hiking socks. That really helped, especially after your feet swell as you hike. One of my feet is naturally a half size bigger, so instead of a 7 1/2 I tried on the 8 and it was a perfect, comfortable fit for me. Highly recommend these boots!
GpB3 at REI on 08/08/2013
I adore these boots. I live in a very cold climate where there is much slush and snow. These have been great boots to own when I want more support than snow boots provide. They have been warm, completely waterproof and provide enough tread to make me feel safe on the street. I had been having some issues with plantar fasciitis and was a bit concerned because I had a trip planned to Europe that was going to require a lot of walking on cobble-stoned streets. I bought these boots to take with me and I never once thought about my feet while on this trip! I walked for hours every day on city streets and these boots provided so much comfort and warmth. I cannot recommend these boots enough! I love the color and also own a pair in the purple/blue color.
Anonymous - customer at Zappos.com on 12/25/2011


I love these boots more than any other pair I've ever owned. I have worn them in all sorts of conditions, from Upstate NY blizzard to Hawaiian lava fields. They keep my feet cool in hot places, and warm in cold places, and comfortable no matter where I am. There was no "break-in" period; they were perfect immediately and have remained that way. I've never gotten a single blister from these boots despite having walked/hiked/clambered 10+ miles at a time. They have great traction and hug my feet like supportive clouds. They're so lightweight that I don't have to worry about them dragging me down on long tiring hikes, not to mention waterproof. These boots have protected my feet from mud and puddles and even fast-moving shallow creeks. Absolutely no complaints!!
kcn23 at REI on 07/07/2013

Negative Reviews:

not for serioius hiking

I just completed a backpacking trip in the White Mts. These boots provided very little support and are not at all made for navigating the rocky conditions of the Whites. I felt all the rock and had sore soles in no time. They also gave me blisters on my heels the first day in. In the rain, my feet were soaked so they are not at all waterproof. They are not snug enough around the foot to handle such rough terrain. These were a disappointment. I would recommend a more durable boot..These are for around town and very light hiking on even , dirt trails.
kcall at REI on 07/07/2013

Great at first

Bought my first pair a year ago and loved them. They held up well trough all my abuse. Bought a second pair after I destroyed the first in the first 25% of the AT. This second pair didn't even last through Virginia. I believe the quality has gone way down and will not be buying them again. They lost their waterproofing in the first 100 miles and has tears in the leather before the first 200. I am extremely disappointed in the quality of these boots.
Boomerang RB at REI on 07/07/2013

Worst Boot Ever

It's a lightweight boot that's not particularly lightweight. It's too bulky and uncomfortable for day hikes, but not supportive enough for anything more. The fact that people claim they use this boot for back country backbacking with heavy loads boggles my mind. It's not at all durable, and will wear out quickly. Steer clear of this boot. Better off with a Lowa, Vasque, Asolo, or even a Merrell or Keen. I wouldn't wish this boot on my worst enemy.
DWoz5 at REI on 07/07/2013

Neutral Reviews:

good for light hikes only

The product description nails it - these are only for light hiking. Out of the box, they were comfortable. I loved them for the first 20 months I owned them, until the leather began to rip, at the side seam near my arch on both boots. Needless to say, they are not waterproof any more and I have had to replace them. Maybe the sole-sucking mud in my area had something to do with this issue, but I'm not happy to have to replace them in just two years. I've indicated below that I would not recommend them to a friend, but honestly, that depends on the friend. For most recreational hikers, these boots would probably be great. But if you are going to put a couple of hundred miles on your boots in a year, don't bother with these.
KatyL at REI on 06/06/2013

Not waterproof but comfy

These boots are comfortable and have great traction on wet rocks. Unfortunately, they are in no way waterproof. If your foot is partially submerged for more than a few seconds, water enters through the tongue. Thirty-minutes of walking in grass wet with dew, and your feet will be distinctly damp. If you spend any amount of time hiking in rainy conditions the boots squish with every step. Overall, they are great for desert trips but you will need to buy a different pair of boots to hike outside of arid regions.
Desert walker at REI on 09/09/2013

Lightweight but Weak Sole

These boots are very comfortable right out of the box. They are also soft and very lightweight. However, when hiking on rocky terrain, I can feel the rocks through the bottom soles. The soles are flexible, but not strong. Boots have stretched some so must wear thicker socks as well. These are fine around town and smoothe trails, but not for day hikes on rocky/mountainous terrain. I have owned these since August 2012.
EarthWoman at REI on 11/11/2013