Ahnu Sugarpine Air Mesh



#1 Womens Hiking Shoes
#1 Womens Ahnu
 4.5/782 Ratings

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Fit – With wide tow boxes, the shoes were excellent fit from the start, without any breaking in, and this impressed the users. A few users felt that the shoe was too stiff while some with high arches found the fitting improper.

Comfort – Users were impressed with the sufficient comfort provided by the shoe with its cushioning.  A few users felt that the inside fabric of the boots was stiff and thick, which decreased the comfort level. One of the users also felt that the shoe caused blisters.

Traction –  Most of the users felt that the shoes offered great traction over diverse terrains and prevented slippage. A few users also mentioned that the shoe had a good grip on icy, rocky and slippery surfaces. Two users felt that the shoe had a poor grip on wet and slippery surfaces.

Protection –The toe protection with rubber toe guards and the EVA Footbeds offering arch and heel support impressed the users thoroughly. Users also mentioned that the RVA Footbeds also act as great shock absorption.

Support – Users loved the arch and heel support and the spacious toe box offering great support while hiking long miles. A few users, however, felt that the arch support was lacking, especially for those with higher arches as they felt soreness. One user also pointed out that the insole did not provide enough support.  

Quality – Almost all the users loved the overall construction of the boots stating that the stood up to the test of time. One user found the sole being detached within seven months while another felt that the interior liners were of poor quality and the laces were not long enough. A few users also mentioned having torn mesh, scratches on the side and exposed glue threads on the seams.   

Waterproof – While walking through snow and dipping in a puddle, the feet remained completely dry and the users were convinced about the waterproofing. A few users, however, felt that the shoe was not perfectly waterproof.

Breathability – Users loved that the shoe breathed well during summer hikes in rugged conditions and kept their feet dry. Some users felt that the shoe was not breathable and hence, was not suitable for summer use.

Weight –The shoes are lightweight and remain comfortable while hiking steadily through rugged terrains. A few users felt that the shoe was a bit heavy for them.

Insulation – The shoes remained quite warm during cold weather hiking and a few users felt that wearing a light sock would increase the insulation.  

Durability – The boots were sturdy enough and served for long years, which made the users happy about the durability of the boots.

Looks – Users were thoroughly impressed with the color combinations and stylish design of the shoe stating that the boots were suitable for daily wear too. A few users were not impressed with the design of the shoe stating that they looked a little clunky. One user felt the shoe looked old-styled while another had issues with the color seen on the website and the one delivered.

Price – Almost all the users were impressed with the price of the shoe saying that it was worth with the quality and durability. A few users felt that the price was a bit expensive.



While in a few cases, the shoes were found to be stiff-fitting, others liked the cushioned support of the boots that gave them a snug fit right from the beginning. The arch and heel support will keep you flexible on the go and the EVA Footbeds will absorb shock to help you hiking over rugged and uneven surfaces. Be it mud or snow, rock or slippery granite, the Vibram Lugs will provide you sure-footed grip.  With sufficient insulation and breathability, the quirky look of the shoe will win you over. Some users might find the quality lacking or the design old-house, but the durability over the years is the thing you will definitely love.

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Gear Construction

With a vibrant and stylish design, the Ahnu Women's Sugarpine Air Mesh Hiking Shoe is supposedly the best companion you will get for summer hiking to the mountains. With summer hiking, comes the concern of breathability. The synthetic mesh lining combined with the suede leather overlays add waterproofing and breathability at the same time by wicking out moisture and sealing out water. The cushioned EVA Midsoles with the integrated Nylon Arch Shanks is there to support your arches while you are on the move of conquering the rugged trail.

The uniqueness lies in the Nementum Low Profile Technology that acts efficiently in guiding you forward regardless of whether you are carrying a heavy backpack or hiking without any weight. The durable and non-marked Vibram outsole is self-cleaning. Thus, you can go hiking with confidence to whatever the terrain condition is because the lugs come up with superior grip on diverse surfaces. The interior lining helps to wick out sweat and keeps you fresh for long hours. Finally, the gusseted tongue acts as a barrier to keep the trail debris at bay while the shock dispersal forefront plate acts as abrasion resistant.  


The waterproof and durable Nubuck leather upper is accompanied by synthetic mesh lining and suede overlays. The Nubuck and Suede act as excellent waterproofing agents while the mesh linings help in proper ventilation.


The contoured dual-density EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) midsoles offer cushioning, stability and comfort while absorbing shock.


The non-marked durable Vibram® rubber outsole offers wonderful grip and traction on the variegated surface.

Ankle Support/Collar

The ankle collar is nicely padded to add support and comfort.


The padded and gusseted tongue helps in keeping trail cruds from getting inside your boots.

Lacing System

The lacing system comprises of cotton laces and 4 pairs of eyelets that are designed like a sports sneakers, thereby, giving a snug fitting.

Toe Cap and Heel Counter

The toe box is protected from abrasion by hard rubber toe cap. The padded heel counter with an adjustable heel strap will support your ankles without causing blisters.

Insole/Footbed/Sock Liner

The insole is removable.

Interiors (Lining)

The interiors of the shoe are lined with moisture-wicking and breathable mesh textile that will help you stay dry for hours.   


The Nubuck leather upper and the Vibram Lugs help in sealing out water.

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