Hiking boots come in all types of cuts, styles, materials, and models. Do you have a challenging time deciding on the perfect pair? No matter if you’re a weekend warrior hiking through your neighborhood trails or a skilled mountaineer preparing to climb Kilimanjaro, the quality of your hike often hinges on the comfort of your hiking boots. But how do you find the best hiking boots in a sea of endless options?

Here at The Adventure Junkies, we know how important finding your sole-mate pair is and how frustrating searching for them can be. In fact, hiking boots are one of our essential items in our multi-day packing list. In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to consider to find the right hiking boots and show you a selection of the best models of the year.

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Quick Answer - The Best Hiking Boots

  1. Lowa Renegade GTX
  2. Zamberlan Vioz GTX
  3. Asolo Power Matic 200 GV
  4. Timberland Thorton
  5. KEEN Targhee II
  6. The North Face Ultra FP Mid GTX
  7. Vasque Talus
  8. Ahnu Montara
  9. Merrell Capra Mid
  10. KEEN Koven Mid

 

Comparison Table - Best Hiking Boots

PictureNameCutWaterproof?PriceRating
Lowa Renegade GTXMidYes$$4.5
Zamberlan Vioz GTXMid/HighYes$$$4.7
Asolo Power Matic 200 GVMid/HighYes$$$4.4
Timberland ThortonMidYes$4.4
KEEN Targhee IIMidYes$$4.7
The North Face Ultra FP Mid GTXMidYes$$4.3
Vasque TalusLow/MidYes$$4.6
Ahnu MontaraMidYes$$4.6
Merrell Capra MidLow/MidYes$4.6
KEEN Koven MidMidYes$4.1
PictureNameCutWaterproof?PriceRating

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Reviews - The Best Boots for Hiking

Lowa Renegade GTX


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Specs
  • Cut: Mid
  • Material: Gore Tex/Nubuck Leather/Nylon Shanks
  • Waterproof?: Yes

BEST FOR: LONG DAY HIKES

PROS: Comfortable and lightweight for hikes longer than a few miles

CONS: Not best for sharp terrain

Zamberlan Vioz GTX


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Specs
  • Cut: Mid/High
  • Material: Leather/Polyurethane
  • Waterproof?: Yes

BEST FOR: ROUGH TERRAIN

PROS: Stable enough to handle backcountry terrain like a breeze, comfortable enough for short day hikes as well

CONS: Traction can get slippery on smooth surfaces or ice

Asolo Power Matic 200 GV


View Women's Version
Specs
  • Cut: Mid/High
  • Material: Leather/Gore-Tex/Nylon
  • Waterproof?: Yes

BEST FOR: LONG DISTANCE

PROS: Sturdy, reliable, durable, and can be resoled when needed

CONS: Limited breathability

Timberland Thorton

Specs
  • Cut: Mid
  • Material: Leather/Gore-Tex
  • Waterproof?: Yes

BEST FOR: STYLE AND VERSATILITY

PROS: Durable, great for all weather, comfortable

CONS: Too soft for hiking with crampons, leather creases easily

KEEN Targhee II


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Specs
  • Cut: Mid
  • Material: Nubuck Leather
  • Waterproof?: Yes

BEST FOR: VARYING TERRAIN

PROS: Great traction, comfort, style, and stability

CONS: Fit tends to run small

The North Face Ultra FP Mid GTX


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Specs
  • Cut: Mid
  • Material: EVA/Pebax Polymer Shanks/Gore-Tex
  • Waterproof?: Yes

BEST FOR: THRU HIKING

PROS: Lightweight yet sturdy, this hiking boot is best for quick-moving hikers

CONS: Not durable enough for extremely tough terrain

Vasque Talus


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Specs
  • Cut: Low/Mid
  • Material: Nubuck Leather/Polyurethane/Nylon Mesh
  • Waterproof?: Yes

BEST FOR: ALL-AROUND

PROS: Stylish, sturdy, light weight, easy to break in

CONS: Not the best for snow or cold weather hiking

Ahnu Montara

Specs
  • Cut: Mid
  • Material: Leather/eVent/EVA
  • Waterproof?: Yes

BEST FOR: DIRT AND PAVED TRAILS

PROS: Breathable, sturdy, lightweight

CONS: Might not be best for sharp or rocky terrain

Merrell Capra Mid


View Women's Version
Specs
  • Cut: Low/Mid
  • Material: Nubuck Leather/Polyurethane/Nylon Mesh
  • Waterproof?: Yes

BEST FOR: KIDS

PROS: Stylish, sturdy, light weight, easy to break in

CONS: Not the best for snow or cold weather hiking

KEEN Koven Mid

Specs
  • Cut: Mid
  • Material: Nubuck Leather/Polyurethane/Nylon Mesh
  • Waterproof?: Yes

BEST FOR: ALL-AROUND

PROS: Stylish, sturdy, light weight, easy to break in

CONS: Not the best for snow or cold weather hiking

 

LEARN HOW TO CHOOSE HIKING GEAR FOR YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE

 

 

 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST HIKING BOOTS

FIT

A pair of hiking boots might tick all your requirements on paper, but if they don’t fit well, they’ll be a completely useless. Hiking with boots that pinch or give you blisters can even ruin hiking your trip, so this has to be the top priority when buying new hiking boots. You can check our guide on how to choose hiking boots to learn how to get the proper fit.

Have you seen the movie, Wild, where the main character throws one ill-fitting boot off of a cliff? Well, if she’d read our guide before hiking the PCT, that scene might not have happened.

 

TYPE OF HIKING

Will you be hiking with heavy weight on your back like a backpacker, going on multi-day treks, or just out for the day? Your fitness level and the type of hiking that you do will all factor into what type of hiking boot you will want to buy.

In general, hiking boots with a higher cut are better for backpackers, hikers going on rough terrain, or beginners because of better support – though they can be heavier than other boots. Mid cut hiking boots are perfect for people staying on well-kept trails, hiking longer distances, and moderately experienced hikers. There are also hiking shoes, cut below the ankle, that are lightweight but generally do not offer as much support as hiking boots. REI has an interesting article on the differences between hiking boots and hiking shoes.

 

PRICE

Just because a pair of hiking boots might be cheaper than others doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a stellar deal. High quality hiking boots offer foot and ankle support and are crafted to last hundreds of miles of hiking. If you’re on a budget, look for sales or last season’s models of hiking boots for the best deal. According to Backpacker Magazine, you can extend the lifespan of your hiking boots by frequently waterproofing them, using boot trees, and avoid stepping in water. If you plan on hiking in wet conditions, check out our guide on how to waterproof boots.

 

MATERIAL

The last thing you want is a boot that wears out after just a few hikes or can’t handle the type of terrain you’ll be hiking through. You’ll want to make sure that your hiking boot is high quality by checking that the stitching is solid, that there’s a strong connection between the sole of the shoe and the rest of it, that the soles are thick enough, and that the heels are firm. If you’ll be hiking through trails where you have a risk of getting wet, you’ll want your hiking boots to be waterproof as well. Matarials like GoreTex, Cambrelle, or Dri-Lex will help keep your feet dry and free of painful blisters.

 

 

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