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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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Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots 1008418 (Keen Footwear)
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Boots 63411 (Salewa)
Vasque Men's Inhaler GTX Hiking Boots 7332 (Vasque)
Hoka One One Men's Tor Ultra Hi WP Boot 1008334 (Hoka One One)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots
1008418
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Boots
63411
Vasque Men's Inhaler GTX Hiking Boots
7332
Hoka One One Men's Tor Ultra Hi WP Boot
1008334
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots 1008418 (Keen Footwear)
$238.95
 
Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Boots 63411 (Salewa)
$159.95
 
Vasque Men's Inhaler GTX Hiking Boots 7332 (Vasque)
$229.95
 
Hoka One One Men's Tor Ultra Hi WP Boot 1008334 (Hoka One One)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Boots 1013124 (Keen Footwear)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boots--Wide 3109684285 (Lowa Boots)
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots 3109459449 (Lowa Boots)
Salomon Men's Comet 3D GTX Boot 376447 (Salomon)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Boots
1013124
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boots--Wide
3109684285
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots
3109459449
Salomon Men's Comet 3D GTX Boot
376447
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Boots 1013124 (Keen Footwear)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Boots--Wide 3109684285 (Lowa Boots)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Mens Renegade Gtx Mid Hiking Boots 3109459449 (Lowa Boots)
$199.95
$139.97
 
Salomon Men's Comet 3D GTX Boot 376447 (Salomon)
Asolo Men's TPS 520 GORE-TEX(r) Backpacking Boots OM2066 (Asolo)
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Traverse Mid BDry Boots 21601 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots 1013265 (Keen Footwear)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot 1012126 (Keen Footwear)
Asolo Men's TPS 520 GORE-TEX(r) Backpacking Boots
OM2066
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Traverse Mid BDry Boots
21601
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots
1013265
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot
1012126
$299.95
$209.97
 
Asolo Men's TPS 520 GORE-TEX(r) Backpacking Boots OM2066 (Asolo)
$160.00
 
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Traverse Mid BDry Boots 21601 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Boots 1013265 (Keen Footwear)
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot 1012126 (Keen Footwear)
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots 7418 (Vasque)
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Beartooth BDry Boots 50201 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
Merrell Men's Capra Mid Waterproof Shoes J32317 (Merrell)
 
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots
7418
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Beartooth BDry Boots
50201
Merrell Men's Capra Mid Waterproof Shoes
J32317
 
$159.95
 
Vasque Mens Talus Ultra Dry Boots 7418 (Vasque)
$220.00
 
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Beartooth BDry Boots 50201 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
$169.95
 
Merrell Men's Capra Mid Waterproof Shoes J32317 (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.