Deckers X Lab X-SCAPE SNKOUT GTX Shoe Review

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Decker X Lab is well known for their versatile, functional footwear. They have recently brought the Deckers X Lab X-SCAPE SNKOUT Gore-Tex lined shoe into their inventory. It is marketed as the 4X4 of hiking shoes. I was able to test out the X-SCAPE SNKOUT on some hiking and backpacking in the Colorado Rockies this fall. Aside from being a beautiful, fashionable shoe, I found the shoes to be super durable and comfortable.

The Fine Details of the X-SCAPE SNKOUT

I want to tell you the real deal about how these shoes felt and functioned for me. To start off, the opening to the shoe has a stretch opening that fits snugly around the ankle. As a result, I had no need for trail gaiters and I had zero trouble with debris falling into the ankle. I ordered normal size for my hiking/running shoes (size 10.5 women’s) and found them to be a little roomy. If you tend to be in between sizes, I would recommend the lower of size as these had plenty of room in front of my big tow. The laces pulled the mid area of the shoe neatly around my arch and reduced any excess movement. Walking in the SNKOUT was like walking on pillows. However, they were surprisingly responsive. The sole has the rocker shape which makes this a wonderful hiking shoe.

Speaking of the sole, the X-SCAPE SNKOUT has a Vibram sole with low profile, multi-directional lugs. As a result, they had traction when I needed it, but a smooth walking surface when I did not. I found these shoes to have excellent uphill traction and downhill traction. The squared off heel of the shoe provided for an excellent heel to toe flow as I hiked and provided for some extra cushion and stability on the downhills. The insole stayed neatly in place as I hiked and can be removed if you needed to dry out the shoes.

Technical Details of the Deckers X Lab X-SCAPE SNKOUT GTX

  • Durable bio-based knit upper
  • GORE-TEX fabric
  • Matryx® hydrophobic monofilament mid-foot panel
  • Super responsive ETPEE insole with poron pad heel crash pad
  • Xponent Midsole featuring multilayer upcycled EVA Foam with gradient density bringing the softest cushion closest to your feet
  • Refined squaretail rear and Meta-Rocker geometry delivers uptempo and propulsive ride
  • Xponent HD midsole: high-rebound lightweight HX-Impulse
  • Underfoot Geometry: 115-79-97mm. 6mm drop, 17-23mm stack height
  • Available sizes:
    • Men: Size 8-13 with half sizes up to size 12.
    • Women:  Size 5-11 with every half size in between
  • Available Colors:
    • Men: Black/Red, Blue/Yellow, Black/Olive
    • Women: Cyan, Black/Red, Blue/Yellow, Black/Olive

Deckers X Lab X-SCAPE SNKOUT GTX = Go Anywhere X Do Anything

Aside from excellent traction and comfort for mountain hiking and backpacking, I decided to put the Gore-Tex to the test with a slushy walk through our first snowfall in Aspen. These shoes did great!  My feet stayed dry despite a two-mile hike through snowy trails and slushy sidewalks. No problem! My socks were perfectly dry and the insoles didn’t need drying. Despite the lower profile lugs, I found the shoes to have decent traction in the snow, even on a downhill.

Exactly What Was Promised by Deckers X Lab

The Deckers X Lab X-SCAPE SNKOUT GTX Low delivered everything I had hoped in a hiking shoe. These shoes excelled in cushion and comfort but details of stability and versatility are not overlooked. Therefore, I wear these shoes almost every day. The low profile lugs make these shoes great for everyday and they truly are 4X4’s when you need it. In conclusion, Deckers X Lab fine tuned the perfect hiking shoe that are also a fashionable shoe with great function. Because these are a great purchase for the price, I would highly recommend you give them a try. Deckers X Lab has a 30 day return policy in case you are not completely blown away as I have been. If you want to check out Deckers X Lab or would like to place an order, visit the website at

Sara Fillman: Sara is an avid ultra-marathoner and outdoor adventurer. Living in Michigan, Sara has ample opportunities for outdoor sports during all seasons. When not open water kayaking on the Great Lakes or backpacking in some distance mountains, she can be found ice climbing in Norther Michigan at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. She is constantly looking for the next big adventure.

View Comments (2)

  • WHY do women ALWAYS GET THE PRETTY COLORS OF SPORT SHOES??? Don't men get to show off in nice shoes Too?
    This is always the case, when it comes to the colors of shoes!
    Men have to settle for down right UGLY COLORS!!

    • Thanks for being a reader Roger! I couldn't agree more with you, I think the men's selection of colors definitely need improvement. Hopefully Deckers will see this and the next generation will have a bit more flare!

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