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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 GTX Boots J87701 (Merrell)
Asolo Men's Revert GV Boot A23054 (Asolo)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot 1012126 (Keen Footwear)
Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX Wide Boots OM3440 (Asolo)
Merrell Men's Moab Mid GTX Boots
J87701
Asolo Men's Revert GV Boot
A23054
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot
1012126
Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX Wide Boots
OM3440
$149.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab Mid GTX Boots J87701 (Merrell)
$219.95
 
Asolo Men's Revert GV Boot A23054 (Asolo)
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot 1012126 (Keen Footwear)
$239.95
 
Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX Wide Boots OM3440 (Asolo)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots 1010126 (Keen Footwear)
Salewa Men's Alp Flow Mid GTX Boots 63424 (Salewa)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots 1013265 (Keen Footwear)
Asolo Mens Fugitive GTX Hiking Boots OM3400 (Asolo)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots
1010126
Salewa Men's Alp Flow Mid GTX Boots
63424
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots
1013265
Asolo Mens Fugitive GTX Hiking Boots
OM3400
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots 1010126 (Keen Footwear)
$238.95
 
Salewa Men's Alp Flow Mid GTX Boots 63424 (Salewa)
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots 1013265 (Keen Footwear)
$239.95
 
Asolo Mens Fugitive GTX Hiking Boots OM3400 (Asolo)
Asolo Men's Reston WP Hiking Boots A27504 (Asolo)
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots 7482 (Vasque)
Keen Footwear Men's Logan Mid WP Boots 1014004 (Keen Footwear)
Vasque Men's Inhaler GTX Hiking Boots 7332 (Vasque)
Asolo Men's Reston WP Hiking Boots
A27504
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots
7482
Keen Footwear Men's Logan Mid WP Boots
1014004
Vasque Men's Inhaler GTX Hiking Boots
7332
$199.95
 
Asolo Men's Reston WP Hiking Boots A27504 (Asolo)
$169.95
 
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots 7482 (Vasque)
$159.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Logan Mid WP Boots 1014004 (Keen Footwear)
$159.95
 
Vasque Men's Inhaler GTX Hiking Boots 7332 (Vasque)
Merrell Men's Fraxion Mid Waterproof Boots J32159 (Merrell)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots 1008418 (Keen Footwear)
Salomon Men's Comet 3D GTX Boot 376447 (Salomon)
Keen Footwear Men's Koven Mid-Height Boots 1011542 (Keen Footwear)
Merrell Men's Fraxion Mid Waterproof Boots
J32159
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots
1008418
Salomon Men's Comet 3D GTX Boot
376447
Keen Footwear Men's Koven Mid-Height Boots
1011542
$139.95
 
Merrell Men's Fraxion Mid Waterproof Boots J32159 (Merrell)
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots 1008418 (Keen Footwear)
$199.95
 
Salomon Men's Comet 3D GTX Boot 376447 (Salomon)
$119.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Koven Mid-Height Boots 1011542 (Keen Footwear)
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Traverse Mid BDry Boots 21601 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots 3109459449 (Lowa Boots)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
Merrell Men's Capra Mid Waterproof Shoes J32317 (Merrell)
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Traverse Mid BDry Boots
21601
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots
3109459449
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots
3109454285
Merrell Men's Capra Mid Waterproof Shoes
J32317
$160.00
 
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Traverse Mid BDry Boots 21601 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots 3109459449 (Lowa Boots)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
$169.95
 
Merrell Men's Capra Mid Waterproof Shoes J32317 (Merrell)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Boots 1013124 (Keen Footwear)
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Boots 63411 (Salewa)
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots 7418 (Vasque)
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Beartooth BDry Boots 50201 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Boots
1013124
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Boots
63411
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots
7418
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Beartooth BDry Boots
50201
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Boots 1013124 (Keen Footwear)
$238.95
$143.37
 
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Boots 63411 (Salewa)
$164.95
 
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots 7418 (Vasque)
$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.