Updated: October 14, 2016
Hiking Boot Reviews:The great outdoors welcome people of all ages to come and take a hike and enjoy nature. Having the right pair of hiking boots or hiking shoes is mandatory for any hike beyond a few miles. Too often we've seen people with blisters or sore feet after a weekend hike and it's all related to their hiking boots. You need to find a good pair of hiking boots that fit snug (but not too tight), are waterproof, and get broken in before going hiking. In all the reviews we read, consumers mentioned comfort as the #1 aspect they wanted in a hiking boot and if that meant spending extra money to get it, they would. Be prepared to spend at least $100 for a decent pair of hiking boots that will last many treks. I have been hiking into the Sierra mountains for years now and so my background is extensive in terms of which outdoor hiking boots hold up best under tough conditions. Just last year my brother had his cheap hiking boots fall apart on the trail and he had to turn back just 1 day into our trip. The glue had failed on his inexpensive hiking boots and the bottom literally detached itself from the top leaving a "flapping" boot on his foot.
Backpacking Boots:When it comes to long distance hiking, experts say the Raichle Mountain Trekker ($220) is your best bet. The Mountain Trekker has a "rocker" sole which helps keep you comfortable on long treks. The full nylon shank offers lateral stability and "edging" ability. This boot weighs over 3 lbs, has gunmetal lacing eyes, and rubber rand and midsole. For heavy back packing or mixed terrain climbing, go with the La Sportiva Makalu ($235) for its steel shank and toe groove for crampons. The leather keeps moisture out and once you have them broken in (will take longer due to the heavy contruction), your backpacking trips will become easier. Want the most comfortable boots, then the custom made Limmer Lightweight ($400) should do just fine. The heel counter, foot bed, instep, and toe box mold to your foots shape for that custom feel. "Lightweight" they are not at almost 4 1/2 lbs. For further reviews on hiking boots check out Backpacking.com or Outdoorreview.com. If you want to buy hiking boots online, go to REI.com or Amazon.com. We've always found REI to have excellent customer service with knowledgeable employees on the latest hiking boots. You can browse the top selling backpacking boots here.
Day Hiking Boots:Taking a day hike is something that all of us should do when the weather is good. It's not like you need a heavy duty pair of hiking boots to get out on a trail. Day hiking boots should be sturdy, lightweight, and waterproof. For moderate off-trail hiking boots, reviewers say go with the Vasque Sundowner ($180) for great lateral stability, one-piece construction, a waterproof Gore-Tex inner liner, and it's lightweight at a little over 2 1/2 lbs. They fit snugly and work well on descents. For simple day trips and rock scrambling The North Face Triple Divide ($80) is a great buy. Features include a gusseted nubuck tongue, full grain nubuck leather uppers, and a polyurethane dual density. RECOMMENDED - We suggest the TOP SELLING Men's Merrell Moab Mid GORE-TEX XCR - choose from mens sizes 7 up to 14 with several wide sizes available. There are 3 color variations to pick from as well. Merrell is a reputable name in hiking boots and their casual day hikers are popular in all outdoor stores. They feature waterproof dura leather with a breathable upper mesh, a synthetic leather toe bumper, and owners can't say enough about these hiking shoes. You can see an entire list of top rated hiking boots here
Womens Hiking Boots - Kids Hiking Boots:Women have different feet than men so finding a hiking boot that is meant for women can be tough. We feel that Backcountry.com offers the best selection of womens hiking boots. Their best sellers include the The North Face Bryce Mid Hiking Boot - Women's ($60), The North Face Adrenaline Gore-Tex XCR Mid Hiking Shoe - Women's ($99.95), Timberland Cadion Mid Gore-Tex XCR Membrane Hiking Boot - Women's ($139.95), Montrail Excelerace XCR Hiking Shoe - Womens ($45), Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot - Women's ($179.95), Scarpa ZG 40 GTX Hiking Boot - Women's ($158.95), Vasque Breeze Hiking Boot - Women's ($114), and the Columbia Frontier Peak GTX Hiking Boot - Women's ($100). Kids hiking boots are harder to find than womens hiking boots, but again Backcountry.com has a wide selection with top brands like The North Face, Timberland, Columbia, and Salomon. The 2 best sellers are the Timberland Mud Runner Reloaded Hiking Shoe - Kid's ($34.95) and the The North Face Resilience Shoe - Youth ($39.95). With kids, keep in mind that even though you know their feet will grow each year, don't but kids hiking boots that are too loose or large since that will result in blisters and sore feet. Bite the bullet and purchase new hiking/shoes boots that fit your child correctly. RECOMMENDED - We suggest all ladies take a look at the Hi-Tec Women's Outlander Hiking Boot - it's top rated for comfort in reviews and it's solid for day hikes. See all the womens hiking boots here.
Top Rated Hiking Boot Brands - Merrell - Salomon - Timberland - Columbia:We don't always suggest buying name brand products because it doesn't always relate to reliability and consumer satisfaction, but with hiking boots, we found the best shoes were made by the top manufacturers like Hi-Tec, Columbia Sportswear, Adidas, Lowa, and Salomon. With some brands having decades of research in fine tuning the comfort features in today hiking boots, we strongly recommend buying brands like The North Face or Timberland. One brand name that may not be familiar to Americans is Asolo. They are an Italian company that makes great hiking boots. The Asolo Hiking boot (STYNGER GTX) is a top seller in many stores. We have listed below many websites of the top hiking shoe companies.
- Hi-Tec Hiking Boots: Hi-tec.com
- Merrell Footwear: Merrell.com
- Salomon Boots: Salomonoutdoor.com/us
- Asolo Hiking Boots: Asolo.com
- Vasque Hiking Boots: Vasque.com
- Lowa Boots: Lowaboots.com