Best Hiking Boots
Your feet work hard during hiking adventures, pushing you up steep mountainsides, scrambling over loose rocks, trudging through swift rivers and dance with elation when you finally reach an epic panoramic viewpoint. Choosing the best hiking boots to complement your foot and stride is a virtual necessity to ensure a fun and successful hiking adventure.
This best list examines some of the best hiking boots based on support, comfort, attention to detail such as toe guards, ankle support and traction as well as overall performance. Positive consumer reviews were also taken into consideration to further validate manufacturer's claims.
Don't rely solely on the words of others; what may be the most wondrous shoe for one person may hardly be suited for your foot width and natural stride. Do your research, test out boot options on varied surfaces, and leave ample time to break in boots in before venturing out on any hikes.
Asolo Power Matic 200 GV Gore-Tex Hiking Boots
Salomon Quest 4D GTX Men's Hiking Boots
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Shoes
Keen Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots
Hi-Tec Men's Altitude IV WP Hiking Boot
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.
My husband and I have backpacked through diverse terrains ranging from the rugged wilderness areas of Yosemite and King's Canyon to the more beginner friendly paths of Lake Tahoe. Next year we are even planning to undertake the glorious 200+ miles of the John Muir Trail. We have hiked 12,000 foot passes, traversed rushing rivers, set up impromptu camps on everything from solid snow to granite outcroppings, and seen the wonders of hidden pristine lakes and patches of snow that remain year-round. Our experiences with wildlife including bears, deer, rattlesnakes, and bugs that we didn't even know existed have helped us refine our gear list to be as prepared as possible in the most light-weight, compact way. We have near perfected the art of campsite setup and teardown and can literally create a home away from home in mere minutes and pack it back up in the same amount of time. My husband's insatiable need to be in possession of the latest technological backpacking advancements has allowed us to experiment with many different types of equipment and even varying editions of the same piece of equipment. Even our honeymoon was a 55-mile backpacking adventure. Let's just say it's an obsession.
I look forward to helping you sift through the many options in the backpacking world to find the gear that will help make your trip (and many more to come!) unforgettable. Happy trails!