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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.
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Boot 7190 (Vasque)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boot--Wide 3109684285 (Lowa Boots)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boots 3109459784 (Lowa Boots)
Asolo Men's TPS 520 GV EVO Boots A11012 (Asolo)
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Boot
7190
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boot--Wide
3109684285
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boots
3109459784
Asolo Men's TPS 520 GV EVO Boots
A11012
$179.95
 
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Boot 7190 (Vasque)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boot--Wide 3109684285 (Lowa Boots)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boots 3109459784 (Lowa Boots)
$314.95
 
Asolo Men's TPS 520 GV EVO Boots A11012 (Asolo)
Timberland Company Men's Mt. Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots TB02730R242 (Timberland Company)
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger Mid BDry Boots 22101 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
Adidas Men's Response Trail Shoes BB3633 (Adidas)
The North Face Men's Ultra Fastpack II Mid Gore-Tex Boots NF00CDL8 (The North Face)
Timberland Company Men's Mt. Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots
TB02730R242
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger Mid BDry Boots
22101
Adidas Men's Response Trail Shoes
BB3633
The North Face Men's Ultra Fastpack II Mid Gore-Tex Boots
NF00CDL8
$109.95
 
Timberland Company Men's Mt. Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots TB02730R242 (Timberland Company)
$170.00
 
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger Mid BDry Boots 22101 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
$109.95
 
Adidas Men's Response Trail Shoes BB3633 (Adidas)
$154.95
 
The North Face Men's Ultra Fastpack II Mid Gore-Tex Boots NF00CDL8 (The North Face)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots 1008418 (Keen Footwear)
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot J06051 (Merrell)
Merrell Women's Moab Ventilator Mid Boots J06045 (Merrell)
Salomon Men's Quest Prime GTX Hiking Boots L39292700 (Salomon)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots
1008418
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot
J06051
Merrell Women's Moab Ventilator Mid Boots
J06045
Salomon Men's Quest Prime GTX Hiking Boots
L39292700
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots 1008418 (Keen Footwear)
$129.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot J06051 (Merrell)
$109.95
 
Merrell Women's Moab Ventilator Mid Boots J06045 (Merrell)
$189.95
 
Salomon Men's Quest Prime GTX Hiking Boots L39292700 (Salomon)
Merrell Women's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boots J06072 (Merrell)
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Hiking Boots 7418 (Vasque)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Hiking Boots 7194 (Vasque)
Merrell Women's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boots
J06072
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Hiking Boots
7418
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots
3109454285
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Hiking Boots
7194
$129.95
 
Merrell Women's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boots J06072 (Merrell)
$164.95
 
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Hiking Boots 7418 (Vasque)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
$179.95
 
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Hiking Boots 7194 (Vasque)
Vasque Men's Breeze III Hiking Boots 7192 (Vasque)
The North Face Men's Endurus Hike Mid Gore-Tex Boots NF0A2YAA (The North Face)
Lowa Boots Men's Innox Ice GTX Mid Boots 4106019959 (Lowa Boots)
Merrell Men's Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX SURROUND Boots J35681 (Merrell)
Vasque Men's Breeze III Hiking Boots
7192
The North Face Men's Endurus Hike Mid Gore-Tex Boots
NF0A2YAA
Lowa Boots Men's Innox Ice GTX Mid Boots
4106019959
Merrell Men's Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX SURROUND Boots
J35681
$149.95
 
Vasque Men's Breeze III Hiking Boots 7192 (Vasque)
$149.95
 
The North Face Men's Endurus Hike Mid Gore-Tex Boots NF0A2YAA (The North Face)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Men's Innox Ice GTX Mid Boots 4106019959 (Lowa Boots)
$229.95
 
Merrell Men's Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX SURROUND Boots J35681 (Merrell)
Timberland Company Men's Mt. Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots TB0A1J4H214 (Timberland Company)
Vasque Men's Inhaler II GTX Hiking Boots 7328 (Vasque)
Asolo Men's Revert GV Hiking Boots A23054 (Asolo)
The North Face Men's Storm III Mid Waterproof Boot NF0A32Z6 (The North Face)
Timberland Company Men's Mt. Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots
TB0A1J4H214
Vasque Men's Inhaler II GTX Hiking Boots
7328
Asolo Men's Revert GV Hiking Boots
A23054
The North Face Men's Storm III Mid Waterproof Boot
NF0A32Z6
$109.95
$82.46
 
Timberland Company Men's Mt. Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots TB0A1J4H214 (Timberland Company)
$159.95
 
Vasque Men's Inhaler II GTX Hiking Boots 7328 (Vasque)
$229.95
 
Asolo Men's Revert GV Hiking Boots A23054 (Asolo)
$119.95
 
The North Face Men's Storm III Mid Waterproof Boot NF0A32Z6 (The North Face)
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot Wide J06051W (Merrell)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot 1012126 (Keen Footwear)
Altra Mens Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid Shoes A1653MID (Altra)
 
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot Wide
J06051W
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot
1012126
Altra Mens Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid Shoes
A1653MID
 
$129.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot Wide J06051W (Merrell)
$135.00
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot 1012126 (Keen Footwear)
$159.95
 
Altra Mens Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid Shoes A1653MID (Altra)
 

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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.