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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)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots 1010126 (Keen Footwear)
Asolo Men's TPS 520 GORE-TEX(r) Backpacking Boots OM2066 (Asolo)
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots 7418 (Vasque)
Merrell Men's Moab Mid GTX Boots
J87701
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots
1010126
Asolo Men's TPS 520 GORE-TEX(r) Backpacking Boots
OM2066
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots
7418
$149.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab Mid GTX Boots J87701 (Merrell)
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots 1010126 (Keen Footwear)
$299.95
 
Asolo Men's TPS 520 GORE-TEX(r) Backpacking Boots OM2066 (Asolo)
$159.95
 
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots 7418 (Vasque)
Merrell Men's Moab Gore-Tex Wide Hiking Shoes J87323W (Merrell)
Vasque Men's St. Elias GTX Boot 7160 (Vasque)
Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Shoes J86595 (Merrell)
Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Boots J88623 (Merrell)
Merrell Men's Moab Gore-Tex Wide Hiking Shoes
J87323W
Vasque Men's St. Elias GTX Boot
7160
Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Shoes
J86595
Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Boots
J88623
$139.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab Gore-Tex Wide Hiking Shoes J87323W (Merrell)
$189.95
$94.98
 
Vasque Men's St. Elias GTX Boot 7160 (Vasque)
$89.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Shoes J86595 (Merrell)
$119.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Boots J88623 (Merrell)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Hiking Boot 1010125 (Keen Footwear)
Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof Wide Boots J88623W (Merrell)
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots 7482 (Vasque)
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Boots 63411 (Salewa)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Hiking Boot
1010125
Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof Wide Boots
J88623W
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots
7482
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Boots
63411
$59.98
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Hiking Boot 1010125 (Keen Footwear)
$119.95
 
Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof Wide Boots J88623W (Merrell)
$169.95
 
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots 7482 (Vasque)
$238.95
 
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Boots 63411 (Salewa)
The North Face Men's Hedgehog Hike Mid GORE-TEX CDF5 (The North Face)
Ahnu Women's Montara Boot AF2139 (Ahnu)
Asolo Men's Revert GV Boot A23054 (Asolo)
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots 3109459449 (Lowa Boots)
The North Face Men's Hedgehog Hike Mid GORE-TEX
CDF5
Ahnu Women's Montara Boot
AF2139
Asolo Men's Revert GV Boot
A23054
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots
3109459449
$149.95
 
The North Face Men's Hedgehog Hike Mid GORE-TEX CDF5 (The North Face)
$164.95
 
Ahnu Women's Montara Boot AF2139 (Ahnu)
$219.95
 
Asolo Men's Revert GV Boot A23054 (Asolo)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots 3109459449 (Lowa Boots)
Salewa Men's Alp Flow Mid GTX Boots 63424 (Salewa)
Asolo Men's TPS 520 GTX Wide Hiking Boots OM2076 (Asolo)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
Asolo Mens Fugitive GTX Hiking Boots OM3400 (Asolo)
Salewa Men's Alp Flow Mid GTX Boots
63424
Asolo Men's TPS 520 GTX Wide Hiking Boots
OM2076
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots
3109454285
Asolo Mens Fugitive GTX Hiking Boots
OM3400
$238.95
 
Salewa Men's Alp Flow Mid GTX Boots 63424 (Salewa)
$299.95
 
Asolo Men's TPS 520 GTX Wide Hiking Boots OM2076 (Asolo)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
$239.95
 
Asolo Mens Fugitive GTX Hiking Boots OM3400 (Asolo)
Merrell Men's Chameleon Shift Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots J01543 (Merrell)
Salomon Men's 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot 373259 (Salomon)
Asolo Men's Reston WP Hiking Boots A27504 (Asolo)
Salomon Men's Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boots 370731 (Salomon)
Merrell Men's Chameleon Shift Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots
J01543
Salomon Men's 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot
373259
Asolo Men's Reston WP Hiking Boots
A27504
Salomon Men's Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boots
370731
$159.95
 
Merrell Men's Chameleon Shift Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots J01543 (Merrell)
$229.95
 
Salomon Men's 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot 373259 (Salomon)
$199.95
 
Asolo Men's Reston WP Hiking Boots A27504 (Asolo)
$229.95
 
Salomon Men's Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boots 370731 (Salomon)
Salewa Men's Hike Trainer GTX Boots 63306 (Salewa)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot 1012126 (Keen Footwear)
Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX Wide Boots OM3440 (Asolo)
Lowa Boots Mens Camino GTX Flex Hiking Boots 2106440920 (Lowa Boots)
Salewa Men's Hike Trainer GTX Boots
63306
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot
1012126
Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX Wide Boots
OM3440
Lowa Boots Mens Camino GTX Flex Hiking Boots
2106440920
$198.95
 
Salewa Men's Hike Trainer GTX Boots 63306 (Salewa)
$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)
$299.95
$150.00
 
Lowa Boots Mens Camino GTX Flex Hiking Boots 2106440920 (Lowa Boots)
Vasque Men's Talus Ultradry-Wide Hiking Boots 7418W (Vasque)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots (Fall 2014) 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
Lowa Boots Mens Zephyr GTX Mid Hiking Boots 5105504573 (Lowa Boots)
Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boots 7484 (Vasque)
Vasque Men's Talus Ultradry-Wide Hiking Boots
7418W
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots
(Fall 2014)

3109454285
Lowa Boots Mens Zephyr GTX Mid Hiking Boots
5105504573
Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boots
7484
$159.95
 
Vasque Men's Talus Ultradry-Wide Hiking Boots 7418W (Vasque)
$224.95
$112.50
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots (Fall 2014) 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
$199.95
$99.98
 
Lowa Boots Mens Zephyr GTX Mid Hiking Boots 5105504573 (Lowa Boots)
$169.99
 
Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boots 7484 (Vasque)

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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.