Hopefully the following top 10 hiking boots list will give you all the inside information you need to make the best buying decision this year. Will continue to update this list as time goes on to make sure you always have enough information to make the best investments in outdoor gear and hiking boots. On to list!
Merrell boots have always been prized for their high quality, uncompromising performance, and attention to detail. Designed and developed to offer you one of the most full-featured hiking boots on the market, you would be hard-pressed to find a better boot for a man anywhere. We waterproof Gore-Tex liner, and full grain leather construction these are find shoes for first-time hikers or more experience professionals alike.
One of the all-time classics in the hiking the world that continues to stay increasingly popular even as time goes on, this combination leather and Cordura nylon boot offers the best in protection, comfort, and weightlessness. Designed to be rigid and rugged, there is a bit of a break in period, and like the boot above from Merrill, it has a Gore-Tex waterproof lining as well.
While most of the boots on this list are specifically designed for men, the TPS 535 in specific is available in sizes for men and women. Full grain leather combines with an aggressive Vibram (the people responsible for those toe looking shoes) outsole, you’ll get some serious traction while also having a good-looking and reliable shoe on your feet. Absolutely built for simple backpacking, you might want to look somewhere else for a more dedicated hiking shoe.
With the big push towards ultra lightweight’s and minimalist activities out of the woods, it should come as little surprise that there are major companies looking to make big pushes in their lightweight footwear. While the top half of the blue it’s made of super lightweight synthetic materials, the bottom half is made of rigid and rugged structural material giving you the best of both worlds. When it comes hiking boots, you can have your cake and eat it too
Another boot by Vasque, this is the quintessential backpacking boot on the marketplace. With rugged material and old-fashioned good looks, it should come as little surprise that this is easily the most popular hiking boot found anywhere on the Appalachian Trail. Built to break-in in record speed yet hold that form to hold your foot snugly and securely, you won’t find a more comfortable boot on this entire list
A relative newcomer to the list, and hiking boots in general, this boot is more like a hiking shoe. But don’t let the low-slung looks and casual appearance full you, hiding in the sneaker form exactly a very rugged and comfortable hiking built more than capable of tackling even the slickest and roughest terrain you can get yourself into.
If you’re really looking for that old time traditional look of a well-made leather boot, and wish to have people confuse you with a cabin dweller backwoods ruffian, then the altitude is the choice for you. It looks a lot heavier than it really is, and while the shock absorption is not nearly as comfortable as you find in some other hiking boots, it’s still pretty comfortable. Reasonably priced, this hiking boot won’t break the bank.
A second offering from Merrell, this is a purpose built hiking boot that won’t fit everyone. We have a detailed and broken down review on this site for more in-depth information, but the mesh upper and super rugged lower are perfect for high heat hiking and even cruising around in small streams or rivers.
Not looking forward to wearing heavy, super dense, almost always incredibly hot leather boots? Then look no further than what the Renegade has to offer. Not just a renegade and name, but also in how it matches up against the rest of the boots on this list, this is a pre-broken in hiking boot that will feel perfect the second you slip your foot into it.
Using the latest and greatest technologies and materials, including an XCR shell which ends up being more breathable and allows through more moisture while still retaining its waterproof properties better than Gore-Tex, the flashes lightweight and super powered to give you increased endurance and stamina. With plenty of mid sole support, you’ll still find that the shoe has enough comfort and cushion to get you through the day, or even multi-day trips.