This review of Hanagal shoes, moderately ($60-70) priced hiking shoes, comes from a professor in England, who tried the relatively inexpensive hiking shoes in a few places.
I received three pairs of Hanagal shoes: one a Grey suede 9.5 US/8.5 UK and the others Orange mesh 10 USm and 10.5 USw. The sizing seemed a bit on the small side, as I could not wear the grey shoes, but could see they were of very high quality construction. The orange Kenting trail running shoes were perhaps less-well constructed, but they fit beautifully. I was able to wear the 10.5 US women, which is my normal shoe size. I felt the shoes hugged our feet, with a soft tongue fitting comfortably over the boney parts. Initially I was a little suspicious of the goodness-of-fit because not all shoes that fit so well are comfortable once broken in.
Where were they tested?
I walked around in the Hanagal Kenting trail running shoes in urban environments. For instance, I wore the Hanagal boots at the UNESCO World Heritage site in Pingyao China. I also tried them out on suburban trails (Brockwell Park, London),
Hanagal touts numerous features of these shoes:
- VIBRAM MEGAGRIP SOLE – High performance rubber compound featuring unparalleled grip on wet and dry surfaces
- LIGHTWEIGHT – Only 10 ounces
- BREATHABLE and STABILIZING – Mesh upper encourages airflow that keeps your foot cool, and the TPU overlays help the upper hold your foot in place when you’re ascending or descending quickly.
- DETAILS – Protective toe bumper in the front, reflective Hanagal logo in the back, free visor with the shoes!
- HIGH QUALITY and 100% CUSTOMER SATISFACTION GUARANTEE – Hanagal’s mission is to bring the best technical shoes to explore nature in.
How did they perform?
These Hanagal shoes hey held up nicely during my tests. I have Köhler disease (navicular necrosis with bone spurs) in my right foot from tight ski boots in childhood. Because of this, often my upper foot and ankle will ache after a day’s walking more than 10,000 steps. With Hanagal shoes, I didn’t have any foot pain at the end of the day. Also my right leg has a touch of jumper’s knee (misalignment of the patella) from jogging in urban environments. Somewhat to my surprise, I found it better to work out in these shoes in the gym (including the treadmill) than I did in my standard Nike running shoes, which fit less well in the heel. Overall, the shoes impressed me. I’m convinced that they’re a great option for weekend wear. For me they compare favourably with Keen shoes, which are my go-to brand.
Room for Improvement?
I wouldn’t use the Hanagal Kenting Trail Running shoes for serious outdoor activity (hiking on very uneven ground, such as scree, or with a backpack). I didn’t feel they were great for stability. The manufacturer touts breathability heavily, but I don’t think they breathe as well as they should. These shoes are good for a casual stroll or gym workout, but not much more intense activity than that.