Footwear designed for off-trail hiking must provide lateral support for the ankle without restricting movement, have water resistant qualities, protect from brush and fit a man's, woman's or kids' foot shape. The best boots are made from material such as leather or Nylon. The weight is important when walking long durations or distances, but medium or heavy is needed for thick brush or rocky off trail terrain. Regardless of the weight or material, the hiking boot's main strengths lie in traveling across uneven terrain and through underbrush providing protection and support to the ankles. These qualities are markedly different from the mountaineering boot, which is made for ascending mountains and enduring harsh high altitude conditions; or the trekking shoe, which is made for flat and level defined paths. For backcountry and off trail adventures, hiking boots provides the attributes and advantages over other types of boots.
Waterproof vs Water Resistant
To prevent moisture buildup, hiking boots need to breathe, allowing vapor to exit, but keeping water out. Both breathability and waterproofing can be achieved by using a special Gore-Tex lining that allows molecule-size water vapor to move through the material. Additional treatment is usually needed to make them fully waterproof. Additional waterproofing can be achieved by adding a protective coating to the surface. Nikwax Waterproofing has many products for enhancing the waterproof or water resistance qualities of a boot. Apply the treatment to improve the material's ability to repel water while keeping hiking boots breathable. There are a range of applications and products, from restoring the factory coating, to improving the interior liner's water tightness.
Synthetic material will break in faster than leather, however, some synthetics are not as durable. Both men's and women's hiking boots are available in synthetic or leather. There are some characteristics that vary slightly with gender. Lightweight hiking boots excel on short day, or backpacking hikes. The weight is reduced through the use of nylon. So if you are looking for less weight, the best option is to get synthetic. However, the weight does not determine the quality. While its true, the lighter the boot, the easier your level of effort will be, in some cases the lighter version is less durable. Medium weight hiking boots provide better support than lightweight, and can take the heavy use and abrasion better.
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Hi-Tec Total Terrain Mid WP Hiking Boots - Kids'
They'll be set to tackle new trails in the Hi-Tec Total Terrain Mid WP hiking boots, thanks to waterproof protection along with sturdy construction and support.
Hi-Tec Altitude V Waterproof Jr Hiking Boots - Kids'
Outfit your young hiker with the leather Hi-Tec Altitude V Waterproof Jr Hiking Boots. They'll keep his or her feet dry for year-round fun on your favorite hiking trails.
Hi-Tec Women's Bandera Mid-Rise Waterproof Hiking Boot
Hi - Tec Bandera WATERPROOF Hikers are perky, protective go - getters with style. These well-made Hikers are 100% waterproof to ensure your feet stay bone-dry and happy as a clam. Stylish suede and breathable nylon mesh uppers; EVA midsole absorbs impact; Carbon rubber outsole offers non-marking, multi-directional...
Hi-Tec Men's Bandera Mid WP Hiking Boot
Hi - Tec Bandera WATERPROOF Hikers are perky, protective go - getters with style. Discover the Great Outdoors! Here's an innovative take on the outdoor lifestyle, providing comfort for adventurous outings. Perfect for trailblazing, bouldering, campfires and more. Don't fret over wet conditions....
Hi-Tec Women's Ohio WP Hiking Boot
Suede and mesh upper. Waterproof bootie construction. Versatile lacing system for secure fit. Moisture-wicking lining keeps the foot dry. Soft padded collar for added comfort. Removable EVA insole adds cushioning. CMEVA midsole for cushioning - Treklite. Durable carbon rubber MDT hiking outsole can handle...
Vasque Breeze 2.0 Waterproof Hiking Boots - Kids'
The Vasque Breeze 2.0 Waterproof hiking boots offer kids a lightweight, comfortable hiking boot built for trail adventures.
Timberland White Ledge Waterproof Boot
Keep your feet dry and comfortable while hiking with this Timberland White Ledge Boot! Product Features: Premium full-grain waterproof leather upper for comfort, durability and abrasion resistance Seam-sealed waterproof construction keeps feet dry in any weather Padded collar and tongue for additional...
Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boot
Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid Shoe
KEEN Women's Targhee II Waterproof Hiking Boot
For wet hikes and damp camping trips, the Keen Women's Targhee II Mid Hiking Boot is a wonderful shoe to call upon. The waterproof and breathable eVENT liner allows moisture vapor to move outward before condensing and turning to perspiration. Meanwhile it blocks raindrops and stream water from soaking...
Merrell Women's Azura Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
Merrell Women's Azura Mid Waterproof Shoe
KEEN Men's Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
The Keen Targhee II Mid Hiking Shoe is essential for your next outdoor adventure.
Adidas Outdoor Terrex Fast R Mid GTX Hiking Boot - Men's
Sale Price: $139.96
The faster you ascend a trail, the more stability and support you need from your boot. The waterproof Adidas Outdoor Terrex Fast R Mid GTX Hiking Boot provides said stability and support in spades with FORMOTION technology and a slew of other tech, such as a TRAXION outsole and speed lacing. The end...
Ahnu Women's Montara Boot
Padded Collar eVent® breathable waterproof bootie Nubuck upper Rubber toe protector Vibram® outsole for traction on variety of surfaces Mid-cut for added security and protection Genuine Leather Lined collar and tongue
Terrex Fast R Mid GTX Hiking Boot - Men's
Sale Price: $149.96
Move fast on the mountain in the very lightweight, athletic men's Adida's Terrex Fast R Mid GTX Boot. They have a Traxion outsole with Continental rubber for optimal wet and dry grip. A mid-cut height with a low-to-the-ground construction supported by a 3D Formotion unit that ensures great...
Salewa Hike Trainer GTX Hiking Boot - Women's
Sale Price: $159.16
Splitting the difference between approach shoes and full-on hiking boots, the Salewa Hike Trainer GTX Women's Hiking Boot has the flexibility and stickiness of the former, with the stability and support of the latter. The soft and flexible nubuck and suede upper is lined with a Gore-Tex Extended...
Ahnu Montara Boot Hiking Boots - Women's
Take to the trails in the Ahnu Montara boots, which supply waterproof, breathable protection thanks to eVent membranes, along with sturdy construction and light support for light day hikes.
Salewa Hike Trainer GTX Hiking Boot - Men's
Yodeling has never been your thing, but you're a fan of Alps-inspired hiking boots. Lighten the load below without saying "auf wiedersehen" to your high-mountain mentality when you put on the Salewa Men's Hike Trainer GTX Hiking Boot. Despite being light on the scales, this waterproof...
Asolo Piuma Hiking Boot - Men's
You want to tackle some steep all-day hikes this season, and you know your sneakers aren't going to give you the comfort, support, and cushioning you need. Asolo designed the Men's Piuma Hiking Boots to give you stellar support, solid traction, and superb breathability so you can bag peaks,...
Alta Bunion Hiking Boot - Men's
Sale Price: $209.97
The Hanwag Alta Bunion Hiking Boot is a classic lightweight leather hiking boot for people with hallux valgus. It provides extra space for the big-toe joint to ensure full comfort during easier trekking trips.
Fugitive GTX Hiking Boot - Men's
The Asolo Fugitive GTX Men's Hiking Boot is a great everyday hiking boot that offers great technical details and outstanding performance. The Gore-Tex liner accompanied by a durable Water-resistant suede upper make this boot a very comfortable long lasting boot.
Drifter GV Hiking Boot - Men's
The Asolo Drifter GV hiking boot is made of cordura and water-resistant suede on the upper and has a Gore-Tex lining which makes it waterproof and breathable. The EVA mono density midsole and Radiant Asolo/Vibram technical sole provide comfort and stability.