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 Nepal Waterproof Jr Hiking Boots
Get the Hi-Tec Nepal Waterproof Jr Hiking Boots on your young hiker's feet and enjoy a summer filled with fun family adventures.
Hi-Tec Altitude V Waterproof Jr Hiking Boots
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 Skamania Mid-Rise Waterproof Hiking Boot
Waterproof suede leather and mesh upper provides durability, breathability and comfort. Dri-Tec waterproof, breathable membrane keeps feet dry. Soft padded collar slips you into a comfortable fit for all day wear. Ghillie and rustproof hardware lacing system creates a snug, secure fit. Removable molded...
Vasque Breeze 2.0 Waterproof Hiking Boots
The Vasque Breeze 2.0 Waterproof hiking boots offer kids a lightweight, comfortable hiking boot built for trail adventures.
Columbia Men's Newton Ridge Plus II Hiking Boot
Somewhere in the world, there's adventure calling to you - and Columbia wants you to go find it Constructed with a durable mix of leather and mesh textile, the upper on this hiking boot is at once protective, breathable and secure. The waterproof-breathable bootie construction helps to lock out...
Timberland White Ledge Men's Waterproof Boot
The Timberland White Ledge Waterproof Hiker was designed for all-day comfort and safety on the trails. Product Features: Premium full-grain waterproof leather upper for comfort, durability and abrasion resistance Seam-sealed waterproof construction keeps feet dry Padded collar and tongue Removable dual-density...
Peak Essential Hiking Boot - Men's
The Muck Boot Peak Essentials are ideal for any cold or wet surfaces, whether watching or participating in outdoor activities. This performance shoe will keep your feet warm and dry if you are hiking, or walking in slushy wet snow or ice.
Under Armour Speedfit Hike Mid Hiking Boot - Women's
The Under Armour Women's Speedfit Mid Hiking Boot goes from a slow stroll to a speedy sprint around lakes or mountains. Its lightweight upper breathes to keep your foot comfortable no matter how fast you're moving, and a DWR treatment sheds rain and mud to keep the upper clean and colorful....
Under Armour Speedfit Hike Mid Hiking Boot - Men's
Sale Price: $103.99
The Under Armour Men's Speedfit Hike Mid Hiking Boot sends your feet to a wonderland of exceptional comfort with a personalized fit. This modern construction helps mold to the shape of your foot thanks to the molded tongue, welded seams, memory foam top layer, and antimicrobial and molded Ortholite...
Hi-Tec Men's Altitude IV Hiking Boot
Hi-Tec®'s Altitude IV Waterproof hiking boot for men features a waterproof (seam-sealed) nubuck leather upper with a soft padded leather collar and a fully gusseted leather tongue. The outsole is composed of durable carbon rubber for excellent traction and the compression-molded EVA midsole provides...
Merrell Women's Mojave Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
Not afraid to get dirty, the mid-height Mojave's waterproof leather and grippy lugs are perfect for the mud on the next river clean up.
Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Shoe
Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Plus Hiking Boot
Hit the trail whatever the weather in Columbia's Newton Ridge Plus hiking boot. Waterproof construction protects against early morning dew, streams, and showers. Breathable mesh helps ventilate the interior. Omni-Grip tread tackles rugged terrain with confidence.
KEEN Men's Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
The Keen Targhee II Mid Hiking Shoe is essential for your next outdoor adventure.
KEEN Women's Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
The ultimate day hiker with superb ankle support. Waterproof nubuck leather upper Keen.Dry Waterproof, Breathable Membrane Removable metatomical dual density EVA footbed Torsion stability ESS shank Contoured heel lock for adjustable ankle support Dual density compression molded EVA midsole 4mm Multi-Directional...
Reston WP Hiking Boot - Men's
Sale Price: $139.97
Asolo's Reston WP features a new outsole developed with Vibram. The low lateral profile reflects the new Natural Shape fit which offers support and improves foot control on the sides and back. The slots in the medial part provide comfort and smooth rolling. Ideal for light hiking and day trips.
Merrell Men's Fraxion Shell 8 Waterproof Winter Boot
Whether adventure has you trekking through the city streets or kicking back campside, the Merrell Faxion Shell 8 waterproof hiking boot is right at home.
Adidas Outdoor Terrex Fast R Mid GTX Hiking Boot - Men's
Sale Price: $149.96
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...
Terrex Fast R Mid GTX Hiking Boot - Men's
Sale Price: $159.96
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 - 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 Men's TPS 520 GV Hiking Boots
The expertly designed soles on the Asolo TPS 520 GV hiking boots reduce shock impact while enhancing stability and support.
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.