First Look: ECCO Biom Terrain Boots

I was about two miles from the car, kicking my feet and legs against a heavy patch of brambles somewhere near the Colorado-Nebraska border, and glad to be wearing boots.

Once through the nasty patch of bush and back to more moderate terrain, I was happy those boots were light and flexible as I moved quickly back to the car.

On my feet were the ECCO Biom Terrain Plus, a mid-cut hiking boot that nicely balances weight, protection and comfort.

I lean toward lightweight footwear, running in minimal shoes and wearing “trail running” shoes on long treks even with a heavy pack. When the trail ends and bushwhacking begins, I like boots that allow the foot to move as naturally as possible while still protecting my feet and grabbing the earth.

Sole of the ECCO Biom Terrain Plus

I tested the Biom Terrain Plus boots for a month that included long days on snowy hillsides and bramble patches on the prairie. With a burly tread, protective yet supple yak leather upper, and a flexible sole with low stack-height for a boot, I was pleased with the performance all around.

Gore-Tex lined, they kept my feet comfortably dry in cold to cool weather and on steep terrain that would have been tricky in lighter shoes. As an all-around hiking and bushwhacking boot and for winter sports, the Terrain Plus is a solid boot for those looking for lightweight, rugged footwear. —Sean McCoy

ECCO Biom Terrain Plus

The Gear: ECCO Biom Terrain Plus

Price: $230

Available: Now

Where To Test It: Bushwhacking, wilderness hikes, scree fields, and rough trails in fall, winter and spring.

Who’s It For: Hikers and those who spend hours on their feet moving through untracked wilderness.

Boring But Important: The “direct-injection” sole is molded to the upper without the use of glue or stitches, which the company claims results in a more durable product. A rubber insert in the ankle area gives more flexibility to the upper. The toe box is wide and the shoe fit seems to run a little large.

Rubber insert in upper

Important Specs: They weigh 20.5 ounces a boot (men’s size 41). Constructed from yak leather with a waterproof Gore-Tex liner. Stack height of
29mm heel, 19mm toe for 10mm of drop.

Made In: China

Killer! The soles are injection-molded to the upper, allowing for a detailed anatomical insole that really fit my foot well.

Flaw: The laces did not hold up to the rigors of hiking through off-trail brambles and tumbleweeds. Fortunately, a second pair is included with the shoes, but I’d consider changing out to a more durable style if you expect thorny brush in your future.

The laces did not hold up well to bushwhacking

First Impressions: The boots were comfortable out of the box and required very little break-in. They seem tough and capable for anything below technical mountaineering.

Who Should Buy It: Hikers looking for a mid-weight boot that allows the foot to flex and move naturally.

Contact Brand/More Beta: Ecco

—Sean McCoy is managing editor. Our “First Look” column highlights new gear arrivals at Photos © Monopoint Media LLC.

Sean McCoy

Sean McCoy is the Editorial Director of GearJunkie, and 5+ other All Gear websites.

He has been writing about hunting, fishing, trail running, camping, skiing, and more for 15+ years.

Prior to GearJunkie, he was the chief photographer for the Virgin Islands Daily News and former Editor In Chief for GearJunkie. Based in Denver, Colorado, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.