The REI Flash Hiking Boots are the first hiking boots ever made by the Co-op. They’re made for speed and breathability, making them perfect for day hikers and high-mileage backpackers.
Plus, the uppers are made from 99% recycled PET polyester FirmaKnit and 30% recycled TPU. The REI Flash Hiking Boots have a reduced environmental footprint as a result—a core tenet of the REI Co-op.
You Designed the REI Flash Hiking Boots
It’s well known that the REI Co-op has been in the business of selling hiking boots and trail runners ever since its inception. The company has seen the outdoor footwear industry evolved over the decades first hand. As such, the people at REI know a thing or two about shoes.
But the Co-op didn’t simply create its own boot design and run with it. Rather, REI asked for your ideas and feedback about what makes for an exceptional hiking boot as a part of the boot-making process.
Over 6,000 people provided input on these boots, and hundreds of REI Co-op members field-tested them.
The end result? The Flash Hiking Boots.
Waterproof, Breathable, and Comfy Out of the Box
The REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots are less of a traditional hiking boot and more of a hybrid between boots and trail runners. The FirmaKnit uppers provide excellent ventilation that rivals that of any trail runner on the market, and it also keeps the boots lightweight. A pair weighs approximately two pounds, give or take a couple of ounces depending upon the shoe size.
What’s more, that lightweight upper is coated in a HydroWall waterproof membrane that retains breathability while repelling water. This marvelous membrane is composed of 75% recycled polyester.
Similarly, the TerraLoft midsoles use 10% algae-based BLOOM foam to cushion your feet, and the TrailBed insoles are made from a 25% bio-based Susterra compound. By using recycled and biodegradable materials, REI has ensured that the Flash Hiking Boots have as little impact as possible on the environment throughout their lifecycle.
But while they’re eco-friendly, that doesn’t mean that they’re any less durable or comfortable. In fact, quite the opposite. The footbed has been designed with technology created by podiatrists to provide the support your feet need and the comfort they deserve.
The TerraGrip soles, too, are made from 20% recycled polyester, and they’ve been custom-designed with dirt-gripping lugs to provide the utmost in trail traction.
The Hiking and Backpacking Boots You’ve Been Waiting For
The REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots are imbued with the spirit of adventure, as well as a number of REI exclusive technologies. Both the women’s and men’s versions have been ardently tested, picked apart by savvy adventurers, and forged into what Co-op members have said is the perfect hiking boot.
Not sold yet? Try them on for size. REI has a satisfaction-guaranteed return policy, and you can send these boots back within 90 days of purchase if you’re not happy with them. Or go try them on at your local REI Co-op store. Simple as that.
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