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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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Salewa Mens Alpine Trainer Mid GTX 63020 (Salewa)
Merrell Mens Moab Mid Waterproof Boots J88623 (Merrell)
Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof Wide Boots J88623W (Merrell)
Asolo TPS 520 GORE-TEX(r) Backpacking Boots - Mens OM2066 (Asolo)
Salewa Mens Alpine Trainer Mid GTX
63020
Merrell Mens Moab Mid Waterproof Boots
J88623
Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof Wide Boots
J88623W
Asolo TPS 520 GORE-TEX(r) Backpacking Boots - Mens
OM2066
$198.95
 
Salewa Mens Alpine Trainer Mid GTX 63020 (Salewa)
$119.95
 
Merrell Mens Moab Mid Waterproof Boots J88623 (Merrell)
$119.95
 
Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof Wide Boots J88623W (Merrell)
$289.95
 
Asolo TPS 520 GORE-TEX(r) Backpacking Boots - Mens OM2066 (Asolo)
Keen Footwear Mens Bryce Waterproof Shoes 1009541 (Keen Footwear)
Keen Footwear Mens Targhee II Shoes 1002369 (Keen Footwear)
Merrell Mens Moab Ventilator Shoes J86595 (Merrell)
Vasque St. Elias GTX Mens Hiking Boots 7162 (Vasque)
Keen Footwear Mens Bryce Waterproof Shoes
1009541
Keen Footwear Mens Targhee II Shoes
1002369
Merrell Mens Moab Ventilator Shoes
J86595
Vasque St. Elias GTX Mens Hiking Boots
7162
$124.95
$99.96
 
Keen Footwear Mens Bryce Waterproof Shoes 1009541 (Keen Footwear)
$119.95
$83.97
 
Keen Footwear Mens Targhee II Shoes 1002369 (Keen Footwear)
$89.95
 
Merrell Mens Moab Ventilator Shoes J86595 (Merrell)
$189.95
 
Vasque St. Elias GTX Mens Hiking Boots 7162 (Vasque)
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots 7482 (Vasque)
Vasque Snow Junkie Ultradry Winter Hiking Boots 7818 (Vasque)
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
Asolo TPS 520 GTX Wide Hiking Boots - Mens OM2076 (Asolo)
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots
7482
Vasque Snow Junkie Ultradry Winter Hiking Boots
7818
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots
3109454285
Asolo TPS 520 GTX Wide Hiking Boots - Mens
OM2076
$159.95
 
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots 7482 (Vasque)
$139.95
$83.97
 
Vasque Snow Junkie Ultradry Winter Hiking Boots 7818 (Vasque)
$224.95
 
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
$288.95
 
Asolo TPS 520 GTX Wide Hiking Boots - Mens OM2076 (Asolo)
Keen Footwear Men's Gypsum Hiking Boots 1010124 (Keen Footwear)
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots 7418 (Vasque)
Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Boot 7480 (Vasque)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Hiking Boot 1010125 (Keen Footwear)
Keen Footwear Men's Gypsum Hiking Boots
1010124
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots
7418
Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Boot
7480
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Hiking Boot
1010125
$129.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Gypsum Hiking Boots 1010124 (Keen Footwear)
$149.95
 
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots 7418 (Vasque)
$169.95
 
Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Boot 7480 (Vasque)
$119.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Hiking Boot 1010125 (Keen Footwear)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots 1010126 (Keen Footwear)
Lowa Boots Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots - Mens 3109459449 (Lowa Boots)
Vasque Men's St. Elias GTX Boot 7160 (Vasque)
Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boots 63016 (Salewa)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots
1010126
Lowa Boots Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots - Mens
3109459449
Vasque Men's St. Elias GTX Boot
7160
Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boots
63016
$129.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots 1010126 (Keen Footwear)
$224.95
 
Lowa Boots Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots - Mens 3109459449 (Lowa Boots)
$189.95
 
Vasque Men's St. Elias GTX Boot 7160 (Vasque)
$199.95
 
Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boots 63016 (Salewa)
Lowa Boots Zephyr GTX Mid Hiking Boots 5105527648 (Lowa Boots)
Keen Footwear Men's Voyageur Hiking Boots 1010129 (Keen Footwear)
Lowa Boots Camino GTX Flex Hiking Boots 2106440920 (Lowa Boots)
Salomon Men's Quest 4D GTX Boots L12865300 (Salomon)
Lowa Boots Zephyr GTX Mid Hiking Boots
5105527648
Keen Footwear Men's Voyageur Hiking Boots
1010129
Lowa Boots Camino GTX Flex Hiking Boots
2106440920
Salomon Men's Quest 4D GTX Boots
L12865300
$199.95
 
Lowa Boots Zephyr GTX Mid Hiking Boots 5105527648 (Lowa Boots)
$109.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Voyageur Hiking Boots 1010129 (Keen Footwear)
$299.95
 
Lowa Boots Camino GTX Flex Hiking Boots 2106440920 (Lowa Boots)
$229.95
 
Salomon Men's Quest 4D GTX Boots L12865300 (Salomon)
Keen Footwear Men's Voyageur Mid 1002560 (Keen Footwear)
Lowa Boots Renegade Gtx Wide Mid Hiking Boots - Mens 3109689449 (Lowa Boots)
Merrell Moab Gore-Tex Wide Mens Hiking Shoes J87323W (Merrell)
Keen Footwear Mens Targhee II 1007715 (Keen Footwear)
Keen Footwear Men's Voyageur Mid
1002560
Lowa Boots Renegade Gtx Wide Mid Hiking Boots - Mens
3109689449
Merrell Moab Gore-Tex Wide Mens Hiking Shoes
J87323W
Keen Footwear Mens Targhee II
1007715
$119.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Voyageur Mid 1002560 (Keen Footwear)
$224.95
 
Lowa Boots Renegade Gtx Wide Mid Hiking Boots - Mens 3109689449 (Lowa Boots)
$134.95
 
Merrell Moab Gore-Tex Wide Mens Hiking Shoes J87323W (Merrell)
$119.95
$95.96
 
Keen Footwear Mens Targhee II 1007715 (Keen Footwear)
Merrell Men's Moab Waterproof Shoes J88621 (Merrell)
The North Face Havoc Mid GTX XCR - Women's A07N (The North Face)
 
Merrell Men's Moab Waterproof Shoes
J88621
The North Face Havoc Mid GTX XCR - Women's
A07N
 
$109.95
 
Merrell Men's Moab Waterproof Shoes J88621 (Merrell)
$160.00
$96.00
 
The North Face Havoc Mid GTX XCR - Women's A07N (The North Face)
 

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.