Although a pricey option, these Asolo boots are widely reputed to be worth every penny. The Power Matic in the name refers to the boot's insanely advanced midsole which contains triple-density polyurethane in specific areas to provide maximal support and stability while absorbing shock from trail rocks and uneven ground. Try walking over a riverbed of rocks and loose debris in your sneakers and then doing the same thing in these boots, the difference is insane.
These boots prevent ankles from rolling and glide over uneven surfaces like they were perfectly flat and paved. Gore-Tex liners in the boots provide full waterproof protection and Vibram outsoles tackle the toughest terrain. There’s killer midsole technology and full-grain leather uppers which make these boots pretty heavy (close to four pounds depending on shoe size).
The Quest 4D GTX is an excellent all-around hiking boot. This top-performing boot is incredibly comfortable with users mentioning it required no break-in prior to their first hike, offers stellar ankle support, and provides great traction for wet or slick surfaces. Waterproof Gore-Tex membranes keep your feet nice and dry while providing ventilation to keep them cool.
A combination of mesh nylon and split suede leather helps this shoe weigh less without compromising strength or durability. The removable foot beds add further comfort and shock absorption as well as treated with an antimicrobial agent to minimize foot odors.
The Renegade is the best pick for women's hiking boots with hundreds of positive user reviews raving about this boot's insane level of support and comfort. Nubuck leather and Cordura nylon ankle straps work together to create a reinforced fortress of protection and stability for your foot. The seamless Gore-Tex lining offers excellent and reliable waterproofing while polyurethane monowrap frame construction is extremely supportive and cuts back on overall boot weight.
This boot is available in narrow and wide fits and comes in 11 different colors; just because it's the wilderness doesn't mean you can't express your unique personality. If you typically require extra arch support, consider adding an insert to this boot for additional comfort.
The Targhee II Mid is another super comfortable, top performing women's hiking boot and a more cost effective option than the Renegade. This boot is an excellent choice for day hikes in addition to canyoneering or light backpacking trips. Flip this shoe upside down and you’ll see some hard core 4mm lugs to anchor you to your trail when necessary like wet slippery rocks or black ice.
The KEEN.DRY lining offers great waterproof protection and breathable enough to keep excess heat away from your foot. The boot height and nylon shanks provide ample ankle support and help keep your footing secure while crossing over rugged terrain and uneven areas. Don't worry about accidentally kicking a small cactus or gnarly rock, the rubber toe guards on this boot shield tootsies like a solid brick house.
These boots are phenomenal when it comes to waterproof reliability and overall versatility. While they will serve you well on any epic hiking adventure, they also transition to pretty much any other activity you want to take them on. The outsole is very durable, the lightweight midsole adds welcome cushion, and the waterproof leather upper adds simple yet rugged flair. As an added bonus, the manufacturer offers a one-year warranty and a 60-day Comfort Guarantee.