Hikers know the importance of a good pair of hiking boots. Your feet have to be comfortable and safe while your hiking.
Without a good pair of hiking boots, you’re not going to enjoy the amazing places you can hike to. If you’re backpacking or out in the wilderness sore feet or improper footwear can even be dangerous. You need some serious protection, and that means at least getting a mid-cut hiking boot.
With that in mind, I wanted to identify and take a little bit of a closer look at some of the best hiking boots out there for both men and women avilable at a reasonable price.
Hiking Boots for Men
There are many excellent, rugged options out there for men’s hiking boots. The following are three pairs that I think would make excellent choices for moderate hikers.
KEEN Men’s Targhee Exp Waterproof Mid Hiking Boot
These mid-height hiking boots from Keen offer a quality anti-slip sole with good traction. They’re also waterproof and breathable a feat that’s hard to pull off. The boots feature a simple lace-up design and Cleansport NXT odor control technology to keep things from getting to funky out on the trails. Also, the Eva footbed is removable and the midsole offers plenty of support. It’s a top-quality boot for a fair price of about $145.
Vasque Men’s Talus Trek UltraDry Waterproof Mid Hiking Boot
Vasque is another brand that makes excellent hiking boots, and this pair of Talus UltraDry Waterproof boots make for a fantastic mid-cut option. These boots feature nubuck leather with abrasion-resistant polyamide mesh and an easy-to-use speed lacing system that makes getting these boots on and off a cinch. waterproofing system, a moisture-wicking mesh lining along with the unique UltraDry membrane keeps your feet dry and comfortable. For $150, it’s a great pair of boots to have at your disposal.
LOWA Men’s Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot
The waterproof membrane of these boots makes them perfect for all-weather environments, and the aggressively treaded rubber sole will give you plenty of traction out on the trail. Pair that with the GORE-TEX lining and the DuraPU double injection midsole and you have a boot that you can wear for hours on end and cover many, many miles in. At about $160 these LOWA boots are a little more expensive than the others on this list, but you’re bound to have them for some time.
Hiking Boots for Women
I’ve spent a lot of time hiking with my wife, and these three pairs of boots are an excellent choice for any women who like to put a lot of trail miles on their boots.
Ahnu Women’s Sugarpine II Hiking Boot
These boots from Ahnu offer many of the things you should look for in a hiking boot—a waterproof membrane, an odor-controlling liner, sturdy mid-sole, and a tough outer sole with good tread. The boots offer special ripstop fabric on the exterior as well as some leather and a TPU shank. These are some excellent women’s hiking boots for right around $100.
LOWA Women’s Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot
With attributes like Nubuck leather, GORE-TEX lining, DuraPU double injection midsole, and VIBRAM EVO high-performance outsole grip it’s clear why these LOWA boots were included. They’re waterproof, designed to let you cover hundreds of miles in comfort, and rugged enough to stand the test of time and the toughest trails. These boots come in with a price tag of about $160 making them a bit expensive, but worth it.
Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Amped Hiking Boot
Columbia is a well-known outdoor gear brand and for good reason. For decades the brand has made top-quality gear and footware for both men and women. These Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Amped hiking boots are no different. They feature a combination of full grain leather and suede that’s durable and waterproof. The midsoe provides plenty of support and is lightweight and the sole gives you all the traction you’ll need. For a mere $80 you can’t go wrong.
Which of the boots discussed above piques your interest? Why? Leave a comment below!