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Hiking and Backpacking Boots

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There are is a huge variety of hiking footwear choices available, from crampon-compatible mountain boots for climbing Everest to lightweight sandals for easy trail hikes and watersports. Finding the right pair isn't always easy. The first question to ask is this: boot or shoe? There is no doubt that hiking boots provide better ankle support than shoes, but they're also heavier and hotter. Experienced outdoor sportspeople sometimes choose use shoes for hiking these days (partly because the shoes themselves are much better suited to outdoor use than they were a couple of decades ago), even if the distance is quite long and the terrain rough, but if you're not certain go for boots.
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The North Face Men's Ultra Fastpack II Mid Gore-Tex Boots NF00CDL8 (The North Face)
Asolo Men's Revert GV Hiking Boots A23054 (Asolo)
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot Wide J06051W (Merrell)
Timberland Company Men's Mt. Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots TB02730R242 (Timberland Company)
The North Face Men's Ultra Fastpack II Mid Gore-Tex Boots
NF00CDL8
Asolo Men's Revert GV Hiking Boots
A23054
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot Wide
J06051W
Timberland Company Men's Mt. Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots
TB02730R242
$154.95
 
The North Face Men's Ultra Fastpack II Mid Gore-Tex Boots NF00CDL8 (The North Face)
$229.95
 
Asolo Men's Revert GV Hiking Boots A23054 (Asolo)
$129.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot Wide J06051W (Merrell)
$109.95
 
Timberland Company Men's Mt. Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots TB02730R242 (Timberland Company)
Salomon Men's 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot 373259 (Salomon)
Merrell Women's Moab Ventilator Mid Boots J06045 (Merrell)
The North Face Men's Storm III Mid Waterproof Boot NF0A32Z6 (The North Face)
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Hiking Boots 7194 (Vasque)
Salomon Men's 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot
373259
Merrell Women's Moab Ventilator Mid Boots
J06045
The North Face Men's Storm III Mid Waterproof Boot
NF0A32Z6
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Hiking Boots
7194
$229.95
 
Salomon Men's 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot 373259 (Salomon)
$109.95
 
Merrell Women's Moab Ventilator Mid Boots J06045 (Merrell)
$119.95
 
The North Face Men's Storm III Mid Waterproof Boot NF0A32Z6 (The North Face)
$179.95
 
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Hiking Boots 7194 (Vasque)
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot J06051 (Merrell)
The North Face Men's Endurus Hike Mid Gore-Tex Boots NF0A2YAA (The North Face)
Vasque Men's Inhaler II GTX Hiking Boots 7328 (Vasque)
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger Mid BDry Boots 22101 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot
J06051
The North Face Men's Endurus Hike Mid Gore-Tex Boots
NF0A2YAA
Vasque Men's Inhaler II GTX Hiking Boots
7328
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger Mid BDry Boots
22101
$129.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot J06051 (Merrell)
$149.95
 
The North Face Men's Endurus Hike Mid Gore-Tex Boots NF0A2YAA (The North Face)
$159.95
 
Vasque Men's Inhaler II GTX Hiking Boots 7328 (Vasque)
$170.00
 
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger Mid BDry Boots 22101 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
Vasque Men's Breeze III Hiking Boots 7192 (Vasque)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots 1008418 (Keen Footwear)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot 1012126 (Keen Footwear)
Altra Menís Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid Shoes A1653MID (Altra)
Vasque Men's Breeze III Hiking Boots
7192
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots
1008418
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot
1012126
Altra Menís Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid Shoes
A1653MID
$149.95
 
Vasque Men's Breeze III Hiking Boots 7192 (Vasque)
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots 1008418 (Keen Footwear)
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot 1012126 (Keen Footwear)
$159.95
 
Altra Menís Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid Shoes A1653MID (Altra)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boots 3109459784 (Lowa Boots)
Merrell Men's Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX SURROUND Boots J35681 (Merrell)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
Hoka One One Men's Tor Ultra Hi WP Hiking Boots 1008334 (Hoka One One)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boots
3109459784
Merrell Men's Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX SURROUND Boots
J35681
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots
3109454285
Hoka One One Men's Tor Ultra Hi WP Hiking Boots
1008334
$230.00
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boots 3109459784 (Lowa Boots)
$229.95
 
Merrell Men's Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX SURROUND Boots J35681 (Merrell)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
$229.95
 
Hoka One One Men's Tor Ultra Hi WP Hiking Boots 1008334 (Hoka One One)
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Hiking Boots 7418 (Vasque)
 
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Hiking Boots
7418
 
$164.95
 
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Hiking Boots 7418 (Vasque)
 

Next, leather or fabric? Most people opt for fabric when they're looking for really comfortable hiking boots, because they're more comfy straight out of the box, but after a very short period leather can be just as good and even more supportive. It moulds to the wearer's foot and ankle. Leather will also last longer if it's keep oiled and polished but on the other hand it's usually heavier than fabric. The next question is, light or chunky? If you're a hiker who enjoys gentle pathways and rolling hills, your footwear needs are very different to those of a scrambler or winter mountain walker. People who might want to wear full crampons with their boots should take that into consideration and pick something with a stiff sole and good hard edges. And last but not least, waterproof liner or no waterproof liner? A good pair of leather boots or shoes will keep your feet dry whether they have a liner or not, as long as you keep them well oiled (see the Shoe Care page), but fabric boots should have a high quality liner to keep your feet dry. Most boots with 'GTX' in the model name are lined with GoreTex, so will be breathable as well as waterproof.