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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Merrell Capra Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid)
Merrell Merrell empowers people to challenge themselves in the great outside. Achieve. Never Settle. Hit the Trail. OUT.PERFORM. To inspire the outdoor athlete in everyone - including you! Features: M-Select DRY, impermeable membrane, seals out water and lets moisture escape so you stay dry when you're on the move. M-Select FRESH naturally prevents order before it starts for fresh smelling feet....
Hi-Tec Men's Bandera Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
Traversing wet terrain will be a cinch in these Hi-Tec® men's Bandera waterproof mid hiking boots. Their Dri-Tec membrane and moisture-wicking lining will keep your feet nice and dry, while rustproof hardware prevents damage caused by the elements. The upper is comprised of a powerhouse suede/mesh combo for durability and breathability.
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 EVA footbed delivers underfoot cushioning. Compression molded EVA midsole absorbs impact reducing...
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.
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.
Columbia Men's North Plains Mid-High Wateproof Hiking Boot
The mid-height rise of this trail shoe from Columbia stabilizes the foot and ankle for a carefree stride.
Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boot
The Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid is perfect for trail, biking and hiking! Product Features: Dura leather and mesh upper Bellows tongue keeps debris out Synthetic leather toe cap and heel counter Breathable mesh lining maintains foot comfort Lining treated with Aegis Antimicrobial solution Ortholite Anatomical Footbed Molded nylon arch shank Compression molded EVA footframe provides cushioning Merrell...
KEEN Men's Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot
Here's a hiking boot that offers four-wheel-drive performance for your feet. It's designed to be both waterproof and breathable, and the aggressive outsole bites into the terrain. The mid-cut height adds ankle support. 4mm multi directional lugs Contoured heel lock Dual density compression molded EVA midsole Hydrophobic mesh lining KEEN.DRY TM waterproof breathable membrane Non-marking rubber...
Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
The Merrell Moab Mid Boot has a vibram multi-sport plus sole that increases braking power at the heel while on more demanding terrains. Product Features: Mid-height Hiking boot Waterproof Dura leather and mesh upper provides ankle support Bellow tongue keeps sticks and stones out Synthetic leather toe cap and heel counter Heel counter (contoured cup) keeps your heel in back of boot Waterproof membrane...
KEEN Women's Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot
The Targhee II Mid from KEEN offers four-wheel-drive performance for your feet. This hiking boot is revamped with the KEEN.DRY waterproof breathable membrane to keep your feet dry and comfortable. The aggressive outsole has 4mm lugs to bite into the terrain, providing excellent traction. The ESS shank provides torsional stability for a secure ride, while the mid cut height increases ankle support through...
Ahnu Women's Sugarpine Hiking Boot
A vibrant color scheme sets this hiker apart, while still offering Ahnu's signature performance features.
Bora2 Mid GTX Hiking Boot - Men's
The Arc'teryx Bora2 Mid GTX Hiking boot is a new generation of technical hiking performance footwear with removable liners and the comfort and capacity for multiple days spent in variable weather and terrain.
Columbia Men's Newton Ridge Plus II Hiking Boot
Newton Ridge is a place where one needs a leather, waterproof, durable and lightweight hiker. So if there's a Newton Ridge on your path, then lacing a pair of lightweight and durable hikers to your feet is a solid move. PU coated leather, suede, mesh and metal hardware upper. Waterproof seam-sealed construction. Techlite lightweight midsole for long lasting comfort, superior cushioning, and high...