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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.
Timberland Company Men's Mt. Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots TB02730R242 (Timberland Company)
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Boot 7190 (Vasque)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boots 3109459784 (Lowa Boots)
Asolo Men's TPS 520 GV EVO Boots A11012 (Asolo)
Timberland Company Men's Mt. Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots
TB02730R242
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Boot
7190
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boots
3109459784
Asolo Men's TPS 520 GV EVO Boots
A11012
$109.95
 
Timberland Company Men's Mt. Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots TB02730R242 (Timberland Company)
$179.95
 
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Boot 7190 (Vasque)
$230.00
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boots 3109459784 (Lowa Boots)
$314.95
 
Asolo Men's TPS 520 GV EVO Boots A11012 (Asolo)
The North Face Men's Ultra Fastpack II Mid Gore-Tex Boots NF00CDL8 (The North Face)
Merrell Women's Moab Ventilator Mid Boots J06045 (Merrell)
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot J06051 (Merrell)
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Hiking Boots 7418 (Vasque)
The North Face Men's Ultra Fastpack II Mid Gore-Tex Boots
NF00CDL8
Merrell Women's Moab Ventilator Mid Boots
J06045
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot
J06051
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Hiking Boots
7418
$154.95
 
The North Face Men's Ultra Fastpack II Mid Gore-Tex Boots NF00CDL8 (The North Face)
$109.95
 
Merrell Women's Moab Ventilator Mid Boots J06045 (Merrell)
$129.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot J06051 (Merrell)
$164.95
 
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Hiking Boots 7418 (Vasque)
Merrell Women's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boots J06072 (Merrell)
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Hiking Boots 7194 (Vasque)
The North Face Men's Endurus Hike Mid Gore-Tex Boots NF0A2YAA (The North Face)
Vasque Men's Breeze III Hiking Boots 7192 (Vasque)
Merrell Women's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boots
J06072
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Hiking Boots
7194
The North Face Men's Endurus Hike Mid Gore-Tex Boots
NF0A2YAA
Vasque Men's Breeze III Hiking Boots
7192
$129.95
 
Merrell Women's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boots J06072 (Merrell)
$179.95
 
Vasque Men's Breeze III GTX Hiking Boots 7194 (Vasque)
$149.95
 
The North Face Men's Endurus Hike Mid Gore-Tex Boots NF0A2YAA (The North Face)
$149.95
 
Vasque Men's Breeze III Hiking Boots 7192 (Vasque)
Adidas Men's Response Trail Shoes BB3633 (Adidas)
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger Mid BDry Boots 22101 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
Timberland Company Men's Mt. Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots TB0A1J4H214 (Timberland Company)
Vasque Men's Inhaler II GTX Hiking Boots 7328 (Vasque)
Adidas Men's Response Trail Shoes
BB3633
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger Mid BDry Boots
22101
Timberland Company Men's Mt. Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots
TB0A1J4H214
Vasque Men's Inhaler II GTX Hiking Boots
7328
$109.95
 
Adidas Men's Response Trail Shoes BB3633 (Adidas)
$170.00
 
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger Mid BDry Boots 22101 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
$109.95
 
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)
Merrell Men's Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX SURROUND Boots J35681 (Merrell)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot 1012126 (Keen Footwear)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots 1008418 (Keen Footwear)
The North Face Men's Storm III Mid Waterproof Boot NF0A32Z6 (The North Face)
Merrell Men's Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX SURROUND Boots
J35681
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot
1012126
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots
1008418
The North Face Men's Storm III Mid Waterproof Boot
NF0A32Z6
$229.95
 
Merrell Men's Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX SURROUND Boots J35681 (Merrell)
$135.00
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot 1012126 (Keen Footwear)
$135.00
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots 1008418 (Keen Footwear)
$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)
Altra Menís Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid Shoes A1653MID (Altra)
Asolo Men's Revert GV Hiking Boots A23054 (Asolo)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot Wide
J06051W
Altra Menís Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid Shoes
A1653MID
Asolo Men's Revert GV Hiking Boots
A23054
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots
3109454285
$129.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot Wide J06051W (Merrell)
$159.95
 
Altra Menís Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid Shoes A1653MID (Altra)
$229.95
 
Asolo Men's Revert GV Hiking Boots A23054 (Asolo)
$230.00
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)

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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.