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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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Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Boots J88623 (Merrell)
The North Face Men's Ultra Fastpack II Mid Gore-Tex Boots NF00CDL8 (The North Face)
Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots J86593 (Merrell)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Boots
J88623
The North Face Men's Ultra Fastpack II Mid Gore-Tex Boots
NF00CDL8
Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots
J86593
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots
3109454285
$129.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Boots J88623 (Merrell)
$154.95
 
The North Face Men's Ultra Fastpack II Mid Gore-Tex Boots NF00CDL8 (The North Face)
$109.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots J86593 (Merrell)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
Merrell Men's Moab Mid GTX Hiking Boots J87701 (Merrell)
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boots 7482 (Vasque)
Salewa Men's Alp Flow Mid GTX Hiking Boots 63424 (Salewa)
Asolo Mens Fugitive GTX Hiking Boots OM3400 (Asolo)
Merrell Men's Moab Mid GTX Hiking Boots
J87701
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boots
7482
Salewa Men's Alp Flow Mid GTX Hiking Boots
63424
Asolo Mens Fugitive GTX Hiking Boots
OM3400
$149.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab Mid GTX Hiking Boots J87701 (Merrell)
$169.95
 
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boots 7482 (Vasque)
$238.95
 
Salewa Men's Alp Flow Mid GTX Hiking Boots 63424 (Salewa)
$239.95
 
Asolo Mens Fugitive GTX Hiking Boots OM3400 (Asolo)
Merrell Men's Fraxion Mid Waterproof Boots J32159 (Merrell)
Vasque Men's Skywalk GTX Hiking Boots 7114 (Vasque)
Asolo Men's Reston WP Hiking Boots A27504 (Asolo)
Merrell Men's Capra Bolt Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot J35363 (Merrell)
Merrell Men's Fraxion Mid Waterproof Boots
J32159
Vasque Men's Skywalk GTX Hiking Boots
7114
Asolo Men's Reston WP Hiking Boots
A27504
Merrell Men's Capra Bolt Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
J35363
$139.95
 
Merrell Men's Fraxion Mid Waterproof Boots J32159 (Merrell)
$199.95
 
Vasque Men's Skywalk GTX Hiking Boots 7114 (Vasque)
$199.95
 
Asolo Men's Reston WP Hiking Boots A27504 (Asolo)
$139.95
 
Merrell Men's Capra Bolt Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot J35363 (Merrell)
Vasque Men's Inhaler II GTX Hiking Boots 7336 (Vasque)
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boots 63411 (Salewa)
Hoka One One Men's Tor Ultra Hi WP Hiking Boots 1008334 (Hoka One One)
Asolo Men's Revert GV Hiking Boots A23054 (Asolo)
Vasque Men's Inhaler II GTX Hiking Boots
7336
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boots
63411
Hoka One One Men's Tor Ultra Hi WP Hiking Boots
1008334
Asolo Men's Revert GV Hiking Boots
A23054
$159.95
 
Vasque Men's Inhaler II GTX Hiking Boots 7336 (Vasque)
$238.95
 
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boots 63411 (Salewa)
$229.95
 
Hoka One One Men's Tor Ultra Hi WP Hiking Boots 1008334 (Hoka One One)
$219.95
 
Asolo Men's Revert GV Hiking Boots A23054 (Asolo)
Keen Footwear Men's Logan Mid WP Boots 1014004 (Keen Footwear)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boots--Wide 3109684285 (Lowa Boots)
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots 3109459449 (Lowa Boots)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots 1008418 (Keen Footwear)
Keen Footwear Men's Logan Mid WP Boots
1014004
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boots--Wide
3109684285
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots
3109459449
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots
1008418
$159.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Logan Mid WP Boots 1014004 (Keen Footwear)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boots--Wide 3109684285 (Lowa Boots)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots 3109459449 (Lowa Boots)
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots 1008418 (Keen Footwear)
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Beartooth BDry Boots 50201 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
 
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Beartooth BDry Boots
50201
 
$220.00
 
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Beartooth BDry Boots 50201 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
 

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.