Winner 2023 / Sports Performance / HIKING




  • University
    Massey University - College Of Creative Arts
  • Lead Designer
    Austin Martin
  • Professor
    Yueyun Song & Jason Mitchell
  • Prize
    Winner in HIKING
  • Expertise

A performance shoe designed and made to provide optimal comfort and safety for hikers on rugged terrain. Its integrated system enhances user experience while ensuring trail protection. Designed alongside local hikers, TrailGuard helps reduce pain and discomfort with innovative features that contribute to the overall comfort. It allows for personal alteration of fit and lace tension to alleviate unwanted friction, and to accommodate foot shape and width. It efficiently expels internal water through a passive one-way valve, making it ideal for river-crossings.