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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.

Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boot
Columbia Men's Newton Ridge Plus Ii Waterproof Hiking Shoe
Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Amped Hiking Boot
Ahnu Women's Sugarpine Hiking Boot
Hi-Tec Men's Bandera Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
Merrell Women's Moab Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
Timberland White Ledge Men's Waterproof Boot
adidas Outdoor Men's AX2 Mid Gore-Tex Hiking Boot
Nevados Men's Talus Hiking Boot
Hi-Tec Women's Skamania Mid-Rise Waterproof Hiking Boot
Timberland Women's White Ledge Hiking Boot
Salomon Men's Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot
Timberland Men's Chocorua Trail Gore-Tex Mid Hiking Boot
Northside Caldera Junior Hiking Boot
KEEN Women's Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot
KEEN Men's Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot
Timberland Men's White Ledge Waterproof Boot
Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
Merrell Women's Moab Mid Waterproof Wide hiking Boot
Columbia Men's North Plains Drifter Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
Northside Women's Pioneer II Hiking Boot
Columbia Men's Granite Ridge Hiking Shoe
Salomon Men's X Ultra Mid 2 GTX Multifunctional Hiking Boot
KEEN Women's Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot
KEEN Women's Oakridge Mid Polar WP Boot
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
Nevados Women's Klondike WP Hiking Boot
Rax Men's Wild Wolf Mid Venture Waterproof Lightweight Hiking Boots
Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 Gore-Tex Waterproof Hiking Boot
Merrell Women's Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe
Women's Mid-Rise Waterproof Insulated Hiking Boot
Merrell Capra Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid)
Merrell Men's Phoenix Bluff Mid Waterproof Hiking Shoe
Hi-Tec Altitude Lite I WP JR Hiking Boot (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid)
KEEN Men's Targhee II Hiking Shoe
Salomon Men's X Ultra Prime Multifunctional Hiking Shoe
Hi-Tec Men's Altitude IV Waterproof Hiking Boot
Under Armour Men's SpeedFit Hike Boots
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