Designed For :
Hiking in all weather on trails with moderate gradients. For regular use. Waterproof and breathable. Featuring numerous reinforced areas and a two-hook fastening system, the FORCLAZ 500 is the perfect companion for exploring alpine passes.
TPU Essensole sole with 5 mm lugs for good grip.
Full foot PU midsole: durable and high-performance.
High upper with two hooks on top provide excellent support on any terrain.
Polyester and split leather upper; EVA midsole, rubber sole.
Novadry membrane: Waterproof and breathable.The Forclaz 500 Men's boot is waterproof for 4000 flexes.
Care Instructions :
Wash using soapy water and a soft brush. Do not machine wash. Leave them to air dry. Do not tumble dry. Do not dry near a source of heat. Re-waterproof regularly using spray products specially designed for synthetics.
Laboratory Test :
Other laboratory tests are also conducted to approve the quality of the following components: attachment of eyelets and webbing, assembly, toxicology, UV resistance, sole and upper component abrasion, accelerated ageing.
3 Levels of Waterproof :
During the waterproofing test, we test 3 levels of waterproofing: 2000 flexes (around 2 hours of walking), 4000 flexes (around 4 hours of walking) and 8000 flexes (around 8 hours of walking). Of course, after this test or in use, the shoe regains its original waterproofing once dry.
Field Test :
All our shoes undergo user comfort and use tests carried out by users who are representative of our intended users, in conditions identical to those found in typical use. Our Field Test Missions team the product manager up with people who aren't related to Quechua, to test, improve and validate our products.
Waterproofing Test :
Tested both in the lab and real-world usage, NOVADRY®-equipped footwear guarantees optimum waterproofing and breathability. First, the shoe is immersed in water while internal air pressure is applied to check that no bubbles form on the surface of the footwear. Next, shoes are fitted to a mechanical arm that simulates walking and half immersed in water so we can test that the inside remains perfectly dry.
Ram P. Mony |
These are the BEST shoes I have ever worn. Not just for trekking, for which they are fantastic, but also for very comfortable office/ city wear. I am a regular sufferer of heel pain when I walk long distances on city pavements and tar roads, but when I wear Forclaz 500, I seldom get any pain.
And for tekking....I used them for a technical ascent and descent in the mountains of North-Eastern Nepal in December/January 2009/2010, I trekked in them all over North-Eastern Arunachal Pradesh in 2010, I walked the sand dunes of the Thar Desert in early 2011, and this year I'll go to Northen Afghanistan in them.
These are great shoes in terms of comfort, durability and longevity. One last point: if these shoes get soaking wet, for ex., when you cross a knee-deep stream/river, they dry much faster than any other trekking shoe in the market. It depends on how wet they are, but to take an example, once in Eastern Nepal, after crossing a river in pouring rain, they were literally dripping wet. Within 1-2 hours, they were half dry. By the 4th hour, there wasn't a single drop of water left.
My the Forclaz 500 be manufactured for ever and ever! Long live Forclaz 500! And yes, when my pair gets old, what will I buy? Again, Forclaz 500! Reply
I bought these shoes last month and went for the Gaumukh trek in the Gangotri National Park. There has been a severe winter this year in GNP and our group were the first to get a permit and the first to trek to Gaumukh this year. I crossed ten glaciers, and 5 landslides in rockfalls wearing these shoes.
Needless to say, the shoes served me well. They had an excellent grip on the glaciers and were waterproof during steam crossings. These shoes give you confidence on tricky terrain.
On piece of advice. Buy a size larger than your current size.
Vinu J George
Thank you for your precise review of the FORCLAZ 500 shoe.
I would like to know whether is it necessary for me to go for a bigger size as you said before I place an online order as I fall in the category of foot size between 8 and 8.5. I don't want to get an oversized shoe at the end. I am sure you will have a sound reason for asking us to go for a bigger size.
Anticipating a reply.
Vinu J George
Sanjay Mahar - E Sports Manager (Hiking)
Right size of hiking shoe is not the same as the size for a 'formal shoe".You need to have space at the front to avoid crushing the toes when descending.
Agree. Take either half a size or a full size bigger for descents. Also during descents tie your shoe laces tightly or else you will soon experience purple toes.
the best shoes I have worn for trekking. superb grip and walking comfort. Remains dry even while walking in snow or water for long time.
I think it is a good investment for anyone who is into outdoor activities. Reply
Bought these shoes in September 2009. Have done 3 Himalayan Expeditions with one 18 day long and numerous weekend hikes, these shoes are just amazing. I was a typical 'Hunters' user for many years and finally decided to shell out some money. Gone are the days of blisters and wearing plastic bags on socks, waxing the shoes, frozen toes etc. ! the best experience was when on one occasion, I stepped in a almost 2 feet deep water and soaked the shoes, then you start experiencing the magic of Novadry, the shoes were almost dry from inside by the time i reached the camp after 3 hrs..and with hardly any shoe,socks,sweat 'aroma' !!
I agree with someone who said that you have to choose right size, it is very essential.
Happy Trekking ! Reply
The forcalz 500 from Quechua.
This shoe has many advantages over any other brands for the price and quality
1. Weight - Keep the weight of any hiking shoe in mind when buying, since your foot is going to carry you and your luggage for long distances. @ 1kg per pair Forclaz 500 is one of the lightest in its category. When I wore it, I really could not believe the weight to mass comparison. This is one of the key aspects to understand when you want to purchase a shoe you are going to be in for long durations and on uneven terrains.
2. Water proof- The shoe is water proof with Novadry impermeable but with respiration, which kept my foot dry on many a stream. A wet foot is of no use to me on hike trips. I tested the water proof thing as soon I got it home!Water does not enter from bottom or the sides so it is ideal for going through small puddles and streams.
3. Grip and comfort- The sole has an amazing grip on most of the rough surface and some grip on ice. I have been on rocks at angles and had no slip of grip. Essensole is used for the sole and is the secret behind its grip.
4. Shape and Fit- The fit of the shoe is very snug and comfortable. The ankle support with cushioning on the sides gave me the support I needed not to twist my leg. The inside of the shoe gives the right comfort, not too hard or too soft. The shoe kept me warm on temperatures upto -5 without double layered socks.
Couple of things I learnt
1. Get the right size. You will have to walk with it in the store with different sizes to find your best size.
2 . Break into the shoe. Walk a lot with shoe before going anywhere with it. You will find all the discomforts before the actual trek be able to adjust them.
3. Water level. Make sure you do not get into the shoe from top. It takes a very long time to dry.
4. Even though I have used it on my day long motorbike rides as well, they are not 100% bike riding shoes.
5. The shoes are warm, so you can use them for pleasant to cold temperatures. Not very suitable for beach side walks or hot places. Your foot starts sweating very soon.
I have been on rocky treks, mushy lakes, forest areas of the forests in south India and the freezing mountains of the north. I always reach for the Forclaz. Reply
The shoes are comfortable for the treks. It is strong and water resistant. I tried it for long walk with no proper socks on. In hot weather my feet felt hot. Little fingers scratched against front of shoe. Being sensitive skin, without wearing proper socks I ended having some blisters and light skin cuts. So wear proper socks while using the shoe. Wearing socks I have walked with the shoes for long and felt very comfortable. It is not suitable for hot weather if you are using it for walking or running. It is best for treks. Reply
I brought the shoe 2 weeks back and it is very good shoe and most comfortable one. It is given soft experience and enough cushioning for comfort. I did not feel any leg pains for long and long walk during the day. This is highly recommended and good experience with price too.
Srinatha Joshi Reply
It is a hardy pair of trekking shoes but be very careful while choosing the size. You will understand the necessity from my experience as below:
I, unfortunately, fall in the category whose feet size is between 8 and 8.5. I walked around in the shoes for a few weeks before my trek and felt no discomfort. But during my trek while descending my big toe hit the front of the shoe quite a bit due to the gap existing for the size mismatch. By the time I reached the camp for the day my toes were hurting constantly and it got worse each day. By the time I completed the trek and reached Haridwar, my toes were swollen and the nails turned black. More importantly it was extremely painful. Luckily, it did not bleed during the trek but I will have to stuff the shoes with cottonballs or hunt for a toe protector before my next trek.
Forclaz 500 - Goes everywhere, be it on high hill treks or be it rain forests of eastern India or be casual outing or riding a bike.
1. Very comfortable and functional to both newbie as well as experienced adventurer.
2. Good grip on lose soil, rocky terrain as well as in dense forests. Traction will always bring smile on face and sense of security. Reverse zig zag pattern in sole ensures good grip in downhill too.
3. Very strong built, throw it to any hardness and it comes out with flying colors. Even after very heavy usage it shows no sign of wear & tear other then normal usage, no broken stitches, no lose sole or glue issues.
4. Perfect fitting with good ankle support. Ample front space and comfortable innersole with very comforting heel support. Flexible sole ensures the foot rests in comfortable position on uneven surfaces.
5. Light weight, water resistant and very warm yet breathable, compared to woodland and other desi shoes, it give high confidence on treks and walks.
6. Comfortable to use on snow and wet grounds and doesn't hamper in riding a bike which is difficult with many other trekking shoes, especially changing gears.
7. Doesn't stink like other leather shoes, probably the breathable membrane keeps in fresh all the time.
8. Lace is strong and long lasting, binding hooks are very very strong and awesome build quality. Lace locking mechanism ensures proper fitting of shoe and comfortability also gives needful security to ankle protection.
9. Looks good specially the black/brown combination, goes good with jeans :)
10. Easy to maintain and clean.
11. A complete value for money package, backed by fantastic support team who take extra step to ensure customer satisfaction. Give a call or drop a mail not only they support after sale, but they also help in suggesting right products for the requirements and dont hesitate to change.
12. 2 year warranty is supported unconditionally it seems. I had a negligible problem, which i brought to their attention and they replaced shoe, no fixing, no long delays, no hiding away and a proper communication ensured that I got shoe within 3 days without any charge. On the other hand my redchief, woodland and GAS shoes guarantee where never honored :(
1. Not recommended for long daily treks like 15Kms+, Forclaz 600 & Forclaz 700 has much better comforts comparatively.
2. Grip is not so good on polished surfaces, wet boulders and slippery moss.
1. Requires a break in, don't take new shoe directly to trek, walk around for 20 -25 kms in a week or two, then its very comfortable.
2. Do clean up the shoes regularly and dont allow muds to stay for long.
3. To keep it water resistant as part of maintenance use waterproofing spray.
4. During break in period and on long treks dont tie up shoe very tight, it will cause blisters.
Having used it for over 500Kms, I would say, "Just get it ..." Reply
Hi i am from De Beers India, We are the exploration people do lots of field work all the time. So far we have purchased around 50-60 pairs of FORCLAZ500 and using them from last year and its a very great experience all our guys felt. Now all are very happy and more comfortable in using this shoes. Only thing is near the VAMP area the cloth provided is getting crack so if you people can modify the cloth it will be very usefull. Actually our guys walk 7-8KM per day due to wear and the folding near the VAMP area the cloth is getting crack with the most of our people.
But still its great that the shoe is very comfortable and durable even in rainy conditions. I always prefer this shoes to our company.
Really awesome piece of shoe pair. I just follow the review comments and got a great rough and tough great durable product. Reply
Highly recommended... Went on a biking-cum-trekking trip wearing these. Awesome grip and posture for feet even for biking! Pure waterproofing helps in just keep on driving. Went on a rocky hike n trek n to my surprise, the sole was so non-slippery that I could climb on very steep rocks easily and turn on edgy cliffs with so much of ease that it became fun. I didnt feel that your feet on uneven rocks at all. The breathable fabric helps in feet not getting sweat or foul smell.
High time that you start putting under "All purpose" category including Biking :-) Reply
The best trekking shoe available !!! i trekked with this in nepali himalayas... Reply
For 30 days I hiked in high and rough Himalayan terrain wearing these shoes for 6 hours everyday. My feet came out healthy!
The fitting and size is right with toe room in front and an index finger's space behind and available in earthy colors.
The shoe’s composition is durable to withstand tears. The design is such that you have heel and front feet support while the above-ankle support snugs securely. There is an apt amount of traction on the soles for steep gradients while I was lugging about 27 kgs. The laces are long and run to the top of your ankle and durable even when wet.
The breathable waterproofing and quick dry mechanism works well when clogged up in mud too. Feet feel comfortable with a rise in temperature as well. It is the lightest pair of hiking shoes I have owned.
Easy to fit in your backpack. Inner soles have no molting or foul smell. Not one stitch or glue gave away. It comes with a 2 year guarantee! Reply
1. very light
2. excellent grip
3. ankle support - very imp for gradient climb or desent
After my first hike, the area near my little finger was bady aching..not sure if I did not tie the lace right or not.. Reply
I have been using these shoes for 3 years in 3 different treks and they have been amazing. This time we walked in hail for 2.5 hrs, the entire path filled with hail stones, my feet was fully dry. While crossing a stream, I missed a step and landed in freezing water, again feet remained dry. No sore feet or leg pain after 5 to 6 hrs of hiking every day. Reply
Awesome shoes, one should buy it and yes buy a higher size than your regular size. Reply
Nice Shoes with good grip & ankle support.Also nice waterproof quality where the water does not seeps in.
Please ensure you are buying +1 size than your normal sports shoe which would give your feet some space.. Reply
Sameer Kulkarni |
The moment I saw it, I knew that the search has ended. It was required for the Himalayan trek that was planned with a group of friends. Treacherous terrain – rocky, icy, and wet – just didn’t matter. Sturdy & comfortable. Best pair of shoe I’ve ever bought. What’s more, impresses the co-workers at office too. And I’m sure will look great during biking too. Reply
Ajey Mepparambath |
Here’s a run down of things I found significant:
1) Easy to step in / step out
2) Soles flex enough and walking around in the boots is not a chore.
3) Light Weight (1 kg to the pair) (7/10)
4) Cushion: Ample. I’ve worn them to work. Feet do not get tired even after a long day in them.
5) Lacing: Easy on/off
6) Novadry Waterproofing is notches above “acceptable” Reply
Rishi Sarma |
I was searching high and low for a good pair of hiking shoes that I can use in the jungles. Finally came across this awesome pair after visiting numerous stores of Woodlands (heavy shoes), weinbrenner (not enough variety here), etc. My basic need was a good rubber soled shoe with good grip levels and which can be worn all day. These shoes are excellent as they are breathable and absolutely suits the jungle terrain (Satpura National Park) that I live and work in now. The best part is its a very light shoe and has great ankle support. I would reccomend everyone to buy this pair if you want a long lasting good pair of hiking shoes for morderate terrain. The jungle of Satpura is slightly hilly and also has a lot of waterbodies and this shoe is absolutely at home. But do remember to break them in before you head out on the trail! Reply
Vijay Kumar |
Exactly one and half years ago i purchased a new Quecha brown color shoe, previously i had some shoes which i cant even compare with this marvelous piece of shoe, i had hell lot of restrictions using that, and use my stuff very roughly i go to regular trek i jump in water, climb in trees and rocks and which ever, what ever i see. In fact its a life saver for me in lot of occasions, WITH 100% confidence i would jump or walk or climb in “ANY SURFACE” i like. I had testing time in one of my (long) trek in Nilgiri forest range some months ago, during that time ,when others were struggling to even walk i was happily running and jumping in water and rocks, coz of comfortability my ankle was not paining and it was breathable no irritation or no pain to nails nothing.
Overall rating would be Outstanding in quality. Reply
Rohan Chowdhary |
Let me tell you that I am a avid trekker in India. 2 years back before buying a good hiking shoe (all Terrain) i did a research for 5 months and i finally decided to buy Quechua Forclaz 500. I trekked with it in Himalyas, trekked in nilgiris, Deccan & western ghats along with many other places in dry, wet , snow, rainy and rocky regions and it has saved my ankle from twisting many times and kept my feet dry and without any blisters.
It has now become a must item for my daily life. I even wear these to work sometime. Its Way lighter than any other brand and if compared on price it is very cost effective and cheap too. I have been using it for last 1.5 year and i take proper care of it and it seems it has become a long lasting buddy of mine. I have recommended many trekkers and they are happy to get one forclaz 500. Reply
Vaibhav Chauhan |
I planned a trip to Kinnaur district of Himachal for a “Kinner Kailash Parikrama” going through “Charang Ghati” pass. I must say I was blown away with the response I got from my pair of Forclaz 500.
In brief my observations were :
1. The water-proofing on this one was excellent. We had to cross our way over Baspa River and trust me they did not give me the dampness I always use to fear
2. When we were descending hard from Charang Ghati pass summit to Chitkul, the shoe held well on it’s own and gave me the grip and support I was looking for.
And so my friends I would like to conclude that in my opinion Forclaz 500 is the best Hiking shoe, money can buy in it’s segment. To all those people who have read my reviews of endorsements for these shoes on some of the Trekking groups on facebook (namely “Indiahikes”) can vouch that I am a believer in Quechua products. Reply
Strangway Orridge |
I have just returned from one of the most spectacular, albeit very challenging, terrains in the world! I rode my motorcycle from Delhi to Leh (Ladakh) and back covering a distance of almost 3000 kms. No, this is not about motorcyclin! Just that, for motorcycle boots and all else, I used the Forclaz 500!!! I rode and walked through water, snow, sand, rubble and rock! Uphill & Downdale as well as also strolled in the markets of Leh. This pair had Superb grip on all terrain that I rode and walked, was definitely waterproof (thank god!), very comfortable and looked good too! Every day, for 18 days, I wore this shoe! The only time water did go into my shoes was at deep water crossings. And there, any shoe would take water. So, for me, I had to pack one pair of boots less with the Forclaz 500 doing great for both- when riding and when not! Great value for money and a great buy! Reply
Ching Khuman |
I recently completed one year in my first job. I had promised my colleagues a Scotch treat! But I had a limited budget of two and half grands for the evening. I did not want to spend on a Chivas Regal. So, I decided on a bottle of VAT 69 which was the other blended scotch on the shelf of a regular Jamshedpur ‘English Wine Shop’. VAT 69, by the way, is anytime worth more than its MRP. Good bargain for my budget! When it comes to hiking/trekking shoes, you do not need to look beyond QUECHUA; FORCLAZ 500 VENTIV. My shoes are no longer as lustrous as they were when I picked them up last year. But even after nine heavy-duty months, they continue to feel better with every hiking/trekking. So long, my pair of Quechua; FORCLAZ 500 VENTIV shoes would be reminiscent of life long unforgettable experiences. Reply
Tushar Samal |
They say “Don’t Talk About It, Until You Trek With It”. Boy…. Did I trek with it ?? I trekked and trekked big-time. I am talking of a second pair of my legs that helped me …saved me in my last Trek , 2 weeks ago,…. i.e. a pair of QUECHUA FORCLAZ VENTIV 500 SHOES…….I am a casual trekker and had the opportunity to do a few trekking/hiking with no girth of enthusiasm though. With my limited trekking/hiking but some good shoes experiences with the likes of CATs , Merrells & Woodlands.. and now Quechua ……I want to put my reviews here though for some obvious reasons……….
• These were the shoes that did not do what they promised………in fact did what they did not promise to do. They did not say …… FORCLAZ VENTIV 500SAVE YOUR LIFE… but they did