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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 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)
Lowa Boots Men's Tibet GTX Hiking Boots 2106805599 (Lowa Boots)
 
Lowa Boots Men's Tibet GTX Hiking Boots
2106805599
 
$379.95
 
Lowa Boots Men's Tibet GTX Hiking Boots 2106805599 (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.