Timberland White Ledge vs Chocorua - which is better?
As you’ll discover in detail below, we firmly believe the Chocorua are better boots than the White Ledge. They have greater ankle support and more advanced external and internal water proofing. And in our opinion, they look better and are more comfortable.
With that said, the White Ledge is still a good pair of hiking boots – as most Timberland boots are – but when compared to the Chocorua, they really do come a distant second best. Read on for exactly why we think this is, and why, despite the Chocorua being our clear favorite, the White Ledge might actually be better for some backpackers.
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One of the big differences between these two hiking boots comes in the form of ventilation and breathability. The Timberland Chocorua features mesh uppers that are great for ventilation which makes this particular hiking boot breathable and it won’t make your feet too hot.
At the same time, the waterproof lining used by the Chocorua is also very breathable. While the White Ledge is still a really nice choice, your feet will be hotter and sweatier in these boots due to a lack of ventilation. In terms of temperature control, the Chocorua is a little better in our opinion.
Another important difference between both of these hiking boots comes in the form of support, specifically bottom-up support for the arches. The Timberland Chocorua features a removable EVA midsole, which is not bad at all.
It does a fine job at supporting the arches, providing a soft foot bed, and for absorbing impact. However, the Timberland White Ledge features a dual-density EVA foam foot bed that is also removable. In other words, the White Ledge is softer, more supportive, and better at absorbing impact than the Chocorua. When it comes to walking long distances, we would probably choose the White Ledge over the Chocorua.
Now, we do want to make clear that both of these hiking boots do a fantastic job at keeping your feet dry. There is no doubt about that. However, it is the way in which they keep your feet dry that makes the difference. On one hand, the White Ledge is made with a mix of waterproof leather and textile, which is really nice. The oiled leather finish really helps make them more waterproof than before.
On the other hand, the Chocorua is made with leather and GORE-TEX which is one of the best materials for waterproofing. At the same time, the Chocorua has a special interior lining that keeps moisture outside, yet is still quite breathable too. For this reason, we like the Chocorua more than the White Ledge.
In terms of overall durability, both the Timberland Chocorua and the White Ledge are up there with the very toughest of hiking boots. There is no doubt that Timberland makes some really great products in general. However, we do think that the Chocorua is a little more durable than the White Ledge. The combination of real leather and GORE-TEX makes it one of the toughest boots out there.
This is not to say that the White Ledge is not durable, but the use of textile instead of GORE-TEX is a bit of a drawback. At the same time, all of the metal parts on the Chocorua, such as the lace loops, are made to be totally rustproof, which the White Ledge does not feature.
The Hanagal Men's Tangula Waterproof Hiking Boot (link to Amazon) is another option regularly touted as one of the best hiking boots on the market.
While the Hanagal Boots are not as stylish and good looking as either of the Timberland models, they do have Vibram rubber soles which make them stand-out in terms of traction and grip on a wide range of terrain.
However, we found the insoles to be a bit of a let-down and required special hiking socks. On the plus side, a nice lacing system combined with long-lasting durability and an attractive price tag make these boots a solid option for those on a budget.
Timberland White Ledge vs Chocorua: Our verdict - As we mentioned right at the start, the Chocorua are clearly the better hiking boots due to their enhanced waterproofing and ankle support.
If you need a boot that is a little more breathable (mesh uppers), and probably more comfortable to wear for a prolonged period of time, plus a boot that looks better, the Chocorua is, in our opinion, the way to go.
However, the White Ledge is still a very popular option and probably better for hikers on a tighter budget, or those less concerned with the extra waterproofing. =ZIP=