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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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Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots 7482 (Vasque)
Salewa Men's Hike Trainer GTX Boots 63306 (Salewa)
Lowa Boots Men's Mountain Expert GTX EVO Boots 2100293099 (Lowa Boots)
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot 1012126 (Keen Footwear)
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots
7482
Salewa Men's Hike Trainer GTX Boots
63306
Lowa Boots Men's Mountain Expert GTX EVO Boots
2100293099
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot
1012126
$169.95
 
Vasque Mens Breeze 2.0 GTX Boots 7482 (Vasque)
$198.95
 
Salewa Men's Hike Trainer GTX Boots 63306 (Salewa)
$394.95
 
Lowa Boots Men's Mountain Expert GTX EVO Boots 2100293099 (Lowa Boots)
$134.95
 
Keen Footwear Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Boot 1012126 (Keen Footwear)
Hi-tec Logan WP Mens Hiking Boots 52086 (Hi-tec)
Lowa Boots Mens Camino GTX Flex Hiking Boots 2106440920 (Lowa Boots)
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger BDRY Boots 22101 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
Hi-tec Logan WP Mens Hiking Boots
52086
Lowa Boots Mens Camino GTX Flex Hiking Boots
2106440920
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots
3109454285
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger BDRY Boots
22101
$79.95
$39.98
 
Hi-tec Logan WP Mens Hiking Boots 52086 (Hi-tec)
$299.95
$150.00
 
Lowa Boots Mens Camino GTX Flex Hiking Boots 2106440920 (Lowa Boots)
$229.95
 
Lowa Boots Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots 3109454285 (Lowa Boots)
$165.00
$82.50
 
Oboz Footwear Llc Men's Bridger BDRY Boots 22101 (Oboz Footwear Llc)
Merrell Men's Moab Gore-Tex Wide Hiking Shoes J87323W (Merrell)
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 Breeze 2.0 Wide Boots 7480W (Vasque)
Merrell Men's Moab Gore-Tex Wide Hiking Shoes
J87323W
Lowa Boots Mens Zephyr GTX Mid Hiking Boots
5105504573
Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boots
7484
Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 Wide Boots
7480W
$139.95
$64.98
 
Merrell Men's Moab Gore-Tex Wide Hiking Shoes J87323W (Merrell)
$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)
$169.95
$84.98
 
Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 Wide Boots 7480W (Vasque)
Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX Wide Boots OM3440 (Asolo)
 
Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX Wide Boots
OM3440
 
$239.95
 
Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX Wide Boots OM3440 (Asolo)
 

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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.