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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)
Merrell Mens Moab Mid Waterproof Boots J88623 (Merrell)
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boots 63016 (Salewa)
Vasque Snow Junkie Ultradry Winter Hiking Boots 7818 (Vasque)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots
1010126
Merrell Mens Moab Mid Waterproof Boots
J88623
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boots
63016
Vasque Snow Junkie Ultradry Winter Hiking Boots
7818
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots 1010126 (Keen Footwear)
$119.95
 
Merrell Mens Moab Mid Waterproof Boots J88623 (Merrell)
$218.95
 
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boots 63016 (Salewa)
$139.95
 
Vasque Snow Junkie Ultradry Winter Hiking Boots 7818 (Vasque)
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots 7482 (Vasque)
Salewa Men's Alpine Trainer Mid GTX Boot 63020 (Salewa)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Hiking Boot 1010125 (Keen Footwear)
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots
3109454285
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots
7482
Salewa Men's Alpine Trainer Mid GTX Boot
63020
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Hiking Boot
1010125
$224.95
 
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
$169.95
 
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots 7482 (Vasque)
$198.95
 
Salewa Men's Alpine Trainer Mid GTX Boot 63020 (Salewa)
$124.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Hiking Boot 1010125 (Keen Footwear)
The North Face Men's Storm Winter WP Boots CQ24 (The North Face)
Keen Footwear Men's Gypsum Hiking Boots 1010124 (Keen Footwear)
Salomon Men's Quest 4D GTX Boots 3209459763 (Salomon)
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots 3109459449 (Lowa Boots)
The North Face Men's Storm Winter WP Boots
CQ24
Keen Footwear Men's Gypsum Hiking Boots
1010124
Salomon Men's Quest 4D GTX Boots
3209459763
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots
3109459449
$129.95
 
The North Face Men's Storm Winter WP Boots CQ24 (The North Face)
$129.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Gypsum Hiking Boots 1010124 (Keen Footwear)
$229.95
 
Salomon Men's Quest 4D GTX Boots 3209459763 (Salomon)
$224.95
 
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots 3109459449 (Lowa Boots)
Keen Footwear Men's Voyageur Hiking Boots 1010129 (Keen Footwear)
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger BDRY Boots 22101 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Boot 7480 (Vasque)
Merrell Mens Moab Mid GTX Boots J87701 (Merrell)
Keen Footwear Men's Voyageur Hiking Boots
1010129
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger BDRY Boots
22101
Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Boot
7480
Merrell Mens Moab Mid GTX Boots
J87701
$109.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Voyageur Hiking Boots 1010129 (Keen Footwear)
$159.95
 
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger BDRY Boots 22101 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
$169.95
 
Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Boot 7480 (Vasque)
$149.95
 
Merrell Mens Moab Mid GTX Boots J87701 (Merrell)
Asolo Fugitive GTX Wide Boots - Mens OM3440 (Asolo)
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots 7418 (Vasque)
Merrell Men's Moab Gore-Tex Wide Hiking Shoes J87323W (Merrell)
Lowa Boots Mens Zephyr GTX Mid Hiking Boots 5105504573 (Lowa Boots)
Asolo Fugitive GTX Wide Boots - Mens
OM3440
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots
7418
Merrell Men's Moab Gore-Tex Wide Hiking Shoes
J87323W
Lowa Boots Mens Zephyr GTX Mid Hiking Boots
5105504573
$229.95
 
Asolo Fugitive GTX Wide Boots - Mens OM3440 (Asolo)
$159.95
 
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots 7418 (Vasque)
$139.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab Gore-Tex Wide Hiking Shoes J87323W (Merrell)
$199.95
 
Lowa Boots Mens Zephyr GTX Mid Hiking Boots 5105504573 (Lowa Boots)

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.