Deckers X Lab: Introduction To This Innovative Footwear Brand, And Their New Enduro Max GTX Boots

Introduction to Deckers X Lab + my Enduro Max Mid GORE-TEX review. The $249 hiking boots blending comfort, durability, style like no other.


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If there’s one thing we’re passionate about here at Trail & Kale, it’s the magic behind shoes that not only promise comfort and innovation, but delivers a style statement loud enough to turn heads too.

And who’s the wizard behind this magic in the hiking boots that I’m reviewing today? Deckers X Lab – if you haven’t heard of them until now, I wouldn’t blame you as they’re relatively new on the scene when it comes to the history of some other footwear brands, but damn are they creating some innovative footwear that’s gaining traction in popularity right now.

With a reputation for blending ultra-luxury with supreme comfort, Deckers X Lab has become a cherished name among those who seek both style and substance in their footwear.

At the heart of Deckers X Lab’s innovative storm is Jean Luc-Diard, a name synonymous with groundbreaking footwear design who started as an intern at Salomon and went on to become their CEO.

He’s also the pioneer behind Hoka’s cushy running shoes and the creative force that brought the world its first taste of rocker geometry in shoes, Diard’s influence on the footwear industry is nothing short of incredible.

Deckers X Lab, under his guidance, has become the experimental wing where wild ideas transform into wearable art, with the likes of Ugg, Hoka, Teva, and Sanuk all benefiting from this crucible of creativity.

Enduro Max GTX Mid Review: A Super Trekker for the Modern Explorer

Before I get into my review, here’s a quick look at the key statistics:

Key statistics

  • Price: $249 from
  • Weight: 15.9oz (451g) (per boot, for a size US(M)9
  • Drop: 5mm (heel to toe)
  • Midsole Type: Nitrogen-infused TPX-Ponent core, surrounded by a supercritical EVA frame. Features a V-shaped carbon plate and a heel-to-toe rocker for enhanced stability and cushioning.

Now, let’s narrow our focus to a gem from the Deckers X Lab collection which I have had the pleasure of wearing for the last few weeks, the Enduro Max GTX Mid. If you’re in search of a shoe that blends the ruggedness required for the trails with the comfort of a cloud, look no further.

This super comfortable hiking boot feel like a cross between a HOKA Speedgoat, in how it performs and feels, and a traditional hiking boot in how it looks.

When it comes to conquering diverse terrains, the Enduro Max Mid GTX stands out as a pioneering hybrid, masterfully blending the robustness of a mountaineering boot with the agility of a running shoe. This all-terrain, all-distance trekker is designed not just to meet the demands of the trail but to redefine them – and I think Deckers X Lab succeeds in this mission.

At the heart of its design lies a commitment to superior traction and confident strides, achieved through a Vibram Litebase outsole (which is second to none when it comes to rubber compound traction) equipped with individually podded cleats. This innovative approach ensures that no matter the terrain, the Enduro Max keeps on giving unwavering grip and stability.

The boot’s midsole is a testament to Deckers X Lab’s relentless pursuit of advancement, featuring a trio of groundbreaking components:

  1. a V-shaped carbon plate for enhanced stability
  2. a nitrogen-infused shell for responsive cushioning
  3. a heel-to-toe rocker for unmatched efficiency in stride transition.

This combination delivers epic stability, fantastic response, and cushioning that makes every mile feel more enjoyable than the last – and I really mean that, this boot is so cushioned and a delight to hike in.

The Enduro Max Mid GORE-TEX features a snug fit with ten eyelets and lace covers, ensuring every step is secure and you foot is locked in place securely. I really appreciate the fine details too, like the plush Eco Tan suede upper, combined with high cushioning in the heel, an E-PEE sock liner, and a Poron Pad, that provides shock absorption and footfall control.

For those who traverse rocky heights or urban environments, these lightweight hiking boots offer both style and performance for every type of adventurer.

Comfort and Design

The Enduro Max is a testament to Deckers X Lab’s commitment to no-compromise on comfort and functionality, starting with the basics, this boot has a GORE-TEX waterproof membrane that helps keep feet dry through puddles, streams, and the occasional rain storm.

The Eco-Tan suede upper pictured above, is not just about aesthetics; it ensures a snug fit, warming your feet while providing excellent support through its lace-up design – I love the traditional look too.

The Deckers X Lab Enduro Max Mid GORE-TEX differentiators

Where this boot truly shines is in its innovative midsole technology which is a supercritical EVA frame wrapping around a nitrogen-infused TPX-Ponent core. And the result of that is an ultra-lightweight, high-rebound platform that makes each step feel like you’re walking on a cloud.

And that rocker geometry I mentioned earlier, facilitates a natural stride, although, admittedly, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

Deckers X Lab also went ahead and added a dual forked, V-shaped carbon fiber plate in the mix, enhancing the forward roll of the boot. Necessary? Maybe not. Awesome? Absolutely.

The outsole is just insane

No review of a hiking boot like this would be complete without talking about the grip, and the Vibram Litebase outsole on the Enduro Max GTX Mid does not disappoint.

It’s up there with some of the best trail running shoes I have reviewed over the years, and more notably the HOKA Speedgoat 5, which makes sense considering who designed this shoe…

Review summary

Deckers X Lab’s Enduro Max GTX Mid is a marvel of footwear engineering, striking a perfect balance between comfort, style, and innovation. It’s a boot that doesn’t just cater to the urban explorer but will handle anything you want to throw at it.

Its $249 price tag reflects the premium experience it offers, making it a worthwhile investment for those seeking to elevate their hiking experience.

In the realm of super trekkers, the Enduro Max GTX Mid is a statement that you don’t have to choose between form and function. Deckers X Lab has once again proven that with the right mix of creativity and technology, the future of footwear is as bright as ever.

Deckers X Lab Enduro Max Gallery

As the founder of Trail & Kale, and seasoned marathoner & ultrarunner, Alastair loves bringing our readers independent running shoe reviews and gear insights to help you run your best. Learn more about Trail & Kale here.


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