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Hiking and Backpacking Boots

Narrow Category:  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.
Asolo Men's Revert GV Hiking Boots A23054 (Asolo)
Salomon Men's 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot 373259 (Salomon)
Merrell Men's Capra Bolt Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot J35363 (Merrell)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
Asolo Men's Revert GV Hiking Boots
A23054
Salomon Men's 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot
373259
Merrell Men's Capra Bolt Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
J35363
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots
3109454285
$219.95
 
Asolo Men's Revert GV Hiking Boots A23054 (Asolo)
$239.95
$229.95
 
Salomon Men's 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot 373259 (Salomon)
$139.95
$111.96
 
Merrell Men's Capra Bolt Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot J35363 (Merrell)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger Mid BDry Boots 22101 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
Merrell Men's Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX SURROUND Boots J35681 (Merrell)
Under Armour Men's UA Verge Mid GORE-TEX Boot 1268842 (Under Armour)
Under Armour Men's UA SpeedFit Hike Mid Boot 1257447 (Under Armour)
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger Mid BDry Boots
22101
Merrell Men's Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX SURROUND Boots
J35681
Under Armour Men's UA Verge Mid GORE-TEX Boot
1268842
Under Armour Men's UA SpeedFit Hike Mid Boot
1257447
$170.00
 
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger Mid BDry Boots 22101 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
$229.95
 
Merrell Men's Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX SURROUND Boots J35681 (Merrell)
$169.95
 
Under Armour Men's UA Verge Mid GORE-TEX Boot 1268842 (Under Armour)
$129.95
 
Under Armour Men's UA SpeedFit Hike Mid Boot 1257447 (Under Armour)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots 1008418 (Keen Footwear)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot 1012126 (Keen Footwear)
Hoka One One Men's Tor Ultra Hi WP Hiking Boots 1008334 (Hoka One One)
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot Wide J06051W (Merrell)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots
1008418
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot
1012126
Hoka One One Men's Tor Ultra Hi WP Hiking Boots
1008334
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot Wide
J06051W
$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)
$229.95
 
Hoka One One Men's Tor Ultra Hi WP Hiking Boots 1008334 (Hoka One One)
$129.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot Wide J06051W (Merrell)
Merrell Men's Moab Mid GTX Hiking Boots J87701 (Merrell)
Merrell Men's Capra Waterproof Shoes J32335 (Merrell)
Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Boots J88623 (Merrell)
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Hiking Boots 7418 (Vasque)
Merrell Men's Moab Mid GTX Hiking Boots
J87701
Merrell Men's Capra Waterproof Shoes
J32335
Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Boots
J88623
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Hiking Boots
7418
$149.95
$119.96
 
Merrell Men's Moab Mid GTX Hiking Boots J87701 (Merrell)
$139.95
$111.96
 
Merrell Men's Capra Waterproof Shoes J32335 (Merrell)
$129.95
$103.96
 
Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Boots J88623 (Merrell)
$164.95
 
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Hiking Boots 7418 (Vasque)
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Hiking Boots 7194 (Vasque)
Merrell Men's Fraxion Mid Waterproof Boots J32159 (Merrell)
The North Face Men's Ultra Fastpack II Mid Gore-Tex Boots NF00CDL8 (The North Face)
Altra Menís Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid Shoes A1653MID (Altra)
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Hiking Boots
7194
Merrell Men's Fraxion Mid Waterproof Boots
J32159
The North Face Men's Ultra Fastpack II Mid Gore-Tex Boots
NF00CDL8
Altra Menís Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid Shoes
A1653MID
$179.95
 
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Hiking Boots 7194 (Vasque)
$139.95
$111.96
 
Merrell Men's Fraxion Mid Waterproof Boots J32159 (Merrell)
$154.95
 
The North Face Men's Ultra Fastpack II Mid Gore-Tex Boots NF00CDL8 (The North Face)
$159.95
 
Altra Menís Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid Shoes A1653MID (Altra)
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot J06051 (Merrell)
Merrell Men's Moab Gore-Tex Wide Hiking Shoes J87323W (Merrell)
Merrell Men's Moab Rover Waterproof Shoe J23441 (Merrell)
Vasque Men's Inhaler II GTX Hiking Boots 7336 (Vasque)
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot
J06051
Merrell Men's Moab Gore-Tex Wide Hiking Shoes
J87323W
Merrell Men's Moab Rover Waterproof Shoe
J23441
Vasque Men's Inhaler II GTX Hiking Boots
7336
$129.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot J06051 (Merrell)
$139.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab Gore-Tex Wide Hiking Shoes J87323W (Merrell)
$129.95
$103.96
 
Merrell Men's Moab Rover Waterproof Shoe J23441 (Merrell)
$159.95
 
Vasque Men's Inhaler II GTX Hiking Boots 7336 (Vasque)
Vasque Men's Skywalk GTX Hiking Boots 7114 (Vasque)
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boots 7482 (Vasque)
Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots J86593 (Merrell)
 
Vasque Men's Skywalk GTX Hiking Boots
7114
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boots
7482
Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots
J86593
 
$199.95
 
Vasque Men's Skywalk GTX Hiking Boots 7114 (Vasque)
$169.95
 
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boots 7482 (Vasque)
$109.95
$87.96
 
Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots J86593 (Merrell)
 

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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.