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Hiking and Backpacking Boots

Narrow Category:  Men's Backpacking Boots   Men's Lightweight Hiking Boots
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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Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots 1010126 (Keen Footwear)
Lowa Boots Mens Camino GTX Flex Hiking Boots 2106440920 (Lowa Boots)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots (Fall 2014) 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Boots J88623 (Merrell)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots
1010126
Lowa Boots Mens Camino GTX Flex Hiking Boots
2106440920
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots
(Fall 2014)

3109454285
Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Boots
J88623
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots 1010126 (Keen Footwear)
$299.95
$150.00
 
Lowa Boots Mens Camino GTX Flex Hiking Boots 2106440920 (Lowa Boots)
$224.95
$112.50
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots (Fall 2014) 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
$119.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Boots J88623 (Merrell)
Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof Wide Boots J88623W (Merrell)
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots 7482 (Vasque)
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots 7418 (Vasque)
The North Face Men's Hedgehog Hike Mid GORE-TEX CDF5 (The North Face)
Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof Wide Boots
J88623W
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots
7482
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots
7418
The North Face Men's Hedgehog Hike Mid GORE-TEX
CDF5
$119.95
 
Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof Wide Boots J88623W (Merrell)
$169.95
 
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots 7482 (Vasque)
$159.95
 
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots 7418 (Vasque)
$149.95
 
The North Face Men's Hedgehog Hike Mid GORE-TEX CDF5 (The North Face)
Salewa Men's Alp Flow Mid GTX Boots 63424 (Salewa)
Asolo Men's Revert GV Boot A23054 (Asolo)
Ahnu Women's Montara Boot AF2139 (Ahnu)
Merrell Men's Chameleon Shift Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots J01543 (Merrell)
Salewa Men's Alp Flow Mid GTX Boots
63424
Asolo Men's Revert GV Boot
A23054
Ahnu Women's Montara Boot
AF2139
Merrell Men's Chameleon Shift Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots
J01543
$238.95
 
Salewa Men's Alp Flow Mid GTX Boots 63424 (Salewa)
$219.95
 
Asolo Men's Revert GV Boot A23054 (Asolo)
$159.95
 
Ahnu Women's Montara Boot AF2139 (Ahnu)
$159.95
 
Merrell Men's Chameleon Shift Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots J01543 (Merrell)
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Boots 63411 (Salewa)
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots 3109459449 (Lowa Boots)
Salomon Men's 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot 373259 (Salomon)
Salewa Men's Hike Trainer GTX Boots 63306 (Salewa)
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Boots
63411
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots
3109459449
Salomon Men's 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot
373259
Salewa Men's Hike Trainer GTX Boots
63306
$238.95
 
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Boots 63411 (Salewa)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots 3109459449 (Lowa Boots)
$229.95
 
Salomon Men's 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot 373259 (Salomon)
$198.95
 
Salewa Men's Hike Trainer GTX Boots 63306 (Salewa)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot 1012126 (Keen Footwear)
Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boots 7484 (Vasque)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Wide Hiking Boots 3209684655 (Lowa Boots)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot
1012126
Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boots
7484
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots
3109454285
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Wide Hiking Boots
3209684655
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot 1012126 (Keen Footwear)
$169.99
 
Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boots 7484 (Vasque)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Wide Hiking Boots 3209684655 (Lowa Boots)
Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX Wide Boots OM3440 (Asolo)
 
Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX Wide Boots
OM3440
 
$239.95
 
Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX Wide Boots OM3440 (Asolo)
 

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.